Children’s reading charities unite to support families at home

children reading at Beanstalk charityA new social platform #Unitedbybooks launched today by children’s reading organisations will share reading tips, activities and content to families with children at home following the coronavirus outbreak. New content will be put out every week for pre-school children up to year 7 or 8.

BookTrust, ScottishBookTrust, Coram Beanstalk and Authorfy along with authors and illustrators have joined forces to provide family entertainment at home.

Ginny Lunn, Coram Beanstalk MD said: “During these uncertain times we believe it is absolutely vital that children continue to have access to brilliant book-based resources and that we do everything within our power to continue to spread the magic of reading to children everywhere. The book community is full of wonderful authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers and charities and we are proud to stand with them today and be #UnitedByBooks.

“We know that as a charity we have challenging times ahead of us, and it is incredibly difficult to come to terms with the fact that our volunteers will not be able to deliver their usual one-to-one reading support in schools until further notice. However, we know that by coming together we have an opportunity to bring so much positivity to children through the wonderful world of books.”

Diana Gerald, BookTrust CEO said: “We are proud to be able to combine forces with some fantastic UK organisations, authors and illustrators to provide families with some great ideas and much needed distraction during these challenging times.

“As part of this, BookTrust will be sharing content from our BookTrust Home Time page which launched today. This digital hub, designed to entertain children and families at home, is filled with free books, videos, games, recipes, competitions, quizzes and much more. From activity sheets to live drawalongs, BookTrust Home Time hosts an extraordinary menu of ideas created by our own experts as well as leading children’s authors and illustrators, including Cressida Cowell, Sarah Crossan and Ed Vere.”