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Story Baskets

Make reading more interesting by making a story basket. Story baskets are a great way to extend an interest in a book. Choose a book, grab a basket and fill it with items to support literacy, imagination and play. We have selected some examples of story baskets that have been created. 

Story telling dice

Check out Nick Sharratt’s illustrated story dice, a great way for children to start making up their own stories.The perfect thing about storytelling with story dice is there is never a wrong way to tell your story; children and adults can share the storytelling and take the story in any direction.

Try rolling all the dice at once and telling a story based on the 5 pictures you can see or roll them one at a time and take turns to add a sentence to the story - you can keep rolling the dice as many times as you choose! Click the link below for more information about story telling dice and download the dice templates.

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Reading Challenge

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Websites to check out


Oxford Owl

Another website with ebooks are on Oxford Owl. Once you go onto the website, click on 'My class login' and type in the following details:

1C log in:

username -1CWH

password - Teddy1C


1S log in:

username - 1SWH

password - Teddy1S

Get Epic

When you go onto the website, log in as a student and type in the code 'cri3101'. Once logged in, click on the year 1 profile and you will be able to access lots of ebooks, which you can read yourself or listen to the story being read. Once you have read one of the ebooks, you can record it into your yellow reading diary.

Readerpillar level 5! well done 208 books read - keep going!

Readerpillar level 5! well done 208 books read - keep going! 1
Readerpillar level 5! well done 208 books read - keep going! 2
Readerpillar level 5! well done 208 books read - keep going! 3
Readerpillar level 5! well done 208 books read - keep going! 4
Readerpillar level 5! well done 208 books read - keep going! 5


Audible are offering free books to listen to whilst we are all at home. There are hundreds of books to listen to.

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CBeebies - Bedtime Stories

Fancy an alternative to listening to stories? Go to Cbeebies Bedtime Stories online (see link below) or go on BBC iplayer to listen to a different story read by your favourite celebrities each night just before bedtime. 

Barnet Libraries service

Don’t’ forget there are loads of FREE eBooks and e-audio books available for you and your parents/children to borrow from Barnet libraries.

Puffin Storytime

The Puffin online Storytime club has really taken off and quite rightly so, they’ve put together a fantastic series. Authors such as Tom Fletcher, Nick Sharratt, Julia Donaldson and many more, read their stories to you. Each story is twenty minutes long and often includes an activity as well.  New videos are posted every week. 

Polka Theatre 

Polka Theatre have created an array of resources and activities based around books. They started with How to hide a lion by Helen Stephens and now have created another great set of resources, based on a Julia Donaldson book, The Paper Dolls. Listen to the story and explore the Family and Teacher Activity Packs. Check out Paper Dolls by clicking the click below. If you want to see what other stories they have done, click on the Polka online link.

Book Trust

BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. They are dedicated to getting children reading. Each year we reach 3.9 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading.They have provided a large amount of resources, book recommendations, advice and activities for you all to do at home, like 'have fun at home with authors and illustrators'. Click the link to find out more.

Author Events Online

This facebook page was set up to share picture book author and illustrator videos and to occasionally host livestream events. This includes draw-a-long videos and authors and illustrators reading books. 

Storyline online

Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more. Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.