Kids Books Digital Round-Up

The Bath Festivals team is currently bringing together a wonderful programme for the Bath Children’s Literature Festival from 25 September to 4 October which we look forward to sharing with you this summer. In the meantime, we’re sharing book recommendations, activity ideas and other news that we hope will help you keep creative and have fun with the family while staying at home. Here’s a round-up of just a few news stories that we’ve seen this week and think you may be interested in.

BBC Bitesize launch new online daily lessons

For all home-schooling parents, BBC Bitesize launched a wonderful new learning programme this week. The BBC’s biggest ever education scheme offers 14 weeks of virtual curriculum based learning with daily lessons for primary, secondary and 16+. There are lots of familiar faces involved to help keep us motivated including Professor Brian Cox (Science), Danny Dyer (History), Sergio Aguero (Spanish), David Attenborough (The Natural World) and Mabel (Music). Find out more

BookTrust Pyjama Party

To celebrate the bedtime story and reading together, Book Trust are hosting Pyjamarama on Friday 1 May. This will be a day when families across the country can join in a festival of story-filled fun at home. There’ll be lots of new activities for your children and ideas for things to do on the day – the only requirement is that they’re done in pyjamas! Find out more and sign up here

Cressida Cowell to continue as Waterstones Children’s Laureate

We were thrilled to hear the news that Cressida Cowell’s time as Waterstones Children’s Laureate has been extended by another 12 months! The bestselling author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon wowed us at Bath Children’s Literature Festival in 2019 and we’re delighted that she will be continuing to champion the magic of reading and books for all. Find out more

Steven Lenton’s 24 hour drawathon

This Friday, Steven Lenton is raising money for the NHS with a 24 Hour Drawathon. The incredibly talented illustrator will draw for 24 hours from 7am this Friday 22 April until 7am the following morning! Steven will be livestreaming the whole thing so don’t forget to join him and draw-a-long! Find out more

P.E. with Joe breaks world record

We’ve been getting active in the morning with Joe Wicks’ PE lessons, live streamed on YouTube every weekday. These extremely popular classes, aimed at helping children to keep healthy and active while staying indoors, have been streamed to families across the world, earning Joe a brand new Guinness World Records title for the most viewers for a fitness workout live stream on YouTube.

A record-breaking number of 955,185 households tuned in to P.E with Joe on 24 March, hosted live on Joe’s YouTube channel: The Body Coach TV. The videos have also raised over £90,000 for the NHS. Find out more

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