Reading activities

Every day, a librarian recommends a great children's book on the National Shelf Service:

The Literacy Trust has fun things to make and do, printable activities, stories and poems to
listen and watch, reading and literacy Apps and useful websites.  From ages 0 to 12: 

With The Book Trust you can find free online stories and videos, play games, do book quizzes, play games and learn to draw some of your favourite characters:

With the British Library you can explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations:

With Scholastic Kids Book Club, you can find lots of activity sheets, quizzes, colouring sheets, games and puzzles:

For free e-books from Camden Libraries, go to our Digital Libraries page.

Children's writers online

Puffin Books have lots of videos of writers reading their children’s books, plus videos about how to draw: 

Oliver Jeffers reads his books on video:

David Walliams reads an audio story every day:

You can catch up on all of them here:  Elevenses catch-up

Jacqueline Wilson’s website has videos of her talking about her books, with quizzes and other activities:

Axel Scheffler and Nosy Crow have created a free e-book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus   The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:

Maths, science and astronomy activities

Maths activities

Maths on Toast has lots of fun, creative games and activities involving maths. Make a tangram out of a piece of toast, learn about fractions and ratios using multi-coloured sweets and lots more:

Science and astronomy activities

The Science Museum has lots of fun science activities:

NASA has lots of materials and activities to learn about astronomy, space and science:


Theatre and Shakespeare activities

The Little Angel Theatre has a daily video story:

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre has fun videos and activities to start learning about Shakespeare: