For Younger Readers:

Aamina Sheikh

By far one of the cutest daily story-telling sessions around, this wonderful performer reads diverse Urdu stories to her little daughter, as the latter translates them into English off-camera. Each story centres around important values and the mother-daughter duo are a joy to listen to no matter what your age. A must watch for parents looking to help their kids increase their Urdu fluency.

Listen to the stories here.

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Jill Calder

Our favourite Scottish artist, writer and illustrator – who visited Lahore last year, and did some events at our Lahore library! - is uploading a new video every weekday reading from fiction and non-fiction books she’s illustrated, as well as others by writers and illustrators from the UK and around the world. Her readings from ‘The Picture Atlas’ are chockfull of fun facts about maps, continents, and different countries and cultures around the world. A wonderful way for kids currently out of school to learn some geography. Don’t forget to download the accompanying ‘The Picture Atlas’ resources from the video descriptions.

Go on the virtual world tour here!

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Chris Haughton

Haughton goes live on his Facebook page every day at 5PM GMT for hilarious readings of his most popular books. Watch him dress up in weird costumes and act out entire scenes using strange and wonderful props. His readings are followed by a live drawing session and you can visit his website to download tons of free resources for related craft activities and so much more!

Tune in daily here.

Get your free resources here.

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Oliver Jeffers

Join the award-winning writer and illustrator of ‘The Heart and the Bottle’ and ‘How to Catch a Star’ for a storytelling session every weekday at 6PM GMT live on Instagram. Budding illustrators and writers will especially not want to miss his discussion of how each book is conceptualised and created. Jeffers also takes questions at the end of every storytelling about his plots, process and publishing. If you miss any stories, head over to his website to catch up on older sessions.

Find his Instagram here

Watch older sessions here

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Peter H. Reynolds

Writer, illustrator and founder of the educational media company FableVision is reading aloud from his books every day at 12 noon EST. Every reading is followed by an art lesson with tips on how to sketch, shade and paint. This is the perfect session for the little artists in your family and it happens at just the right time to be a bedtime story! Catch up on older readings on his Facebook page.

Tune in here

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Book Trust UK

The UK Book Trust offers a treasure trove of videos of children’s authors and illustrators reading aloud from the very best of children’s literature that will introduce your kids to a whole new world of storytelling. There’s something for even the pickiest little readers with stories about animals, food and everything in between.

Start exploring here!

For Older Kids

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David Walliams

If your child is a fan of Roald Dahl, then they must not miss Walliam’s daily audiobook releases on his website. The comedian, actor and writer will be posting a new story from ‘The World’s Worst Children’ every day for the next thirty days - stories that will tickle the most stubborn funny bone and leave your kids helpless with laughter.

Click here for todays story

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Cressida Cowell

The celebrated author is reading one chapter every day from her best-selling book ‘How to Train your Dragon’. If your kids prefer fantasy and enjoyed the blockbuster animated franchise, then they will definitely want to tune in for this!

Click here for a new chapter

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Neil Gaiman

Maybe your kids are in the mood for a chill up the spine? These chapter by chapter readings of ‘Coraline’ and ‘The Graveyard Book’ will keep the most restless ghost-story lovers occupied for hours.

Listen to the entire books here

Looking for more resources?

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