With isolation stopping many family friendly events over the Easter period, a lot of people are looking for content online to help keep the kids entertained and educated. Stratford Literary Festival have come to the rescue for literature lovers, with a free-to-access page of online content celebrating the art of reading and illustration.
The video content features a great range of top names from picture books and young children’s stories, including Spike’s favourites Jeanne Willis and Rob Biddulph. There’s also some of my favourites there too include Sarah McIntyre and Phillip Ardagh.
Stratford Literary Festival was forced to cancel its physical lineup due to the restrictions put in place on events in the UK last week, but the organisers wanted to put something in place for kids stuck at home to enjoy.
Sharing Stories is the online portal where children and parents alike can go and enjoy the fantastic range of video content from such brilliant authors. The site launched today, 30th March 2020, with 8 videos and more are on their way. Within the portal parents can follow a link to buy the books of the authors from high street retailer Waterstones. A great way to support the high street store and the authors during this time if you can.
Me and Spike will be going through some of the videos tomorrow. I instantly bookmarked how to draw the sausage dog from Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph which is a favourite in our house. And I know she will love the story time sessions from Jeanne Willis (though she will be upset it isn’t The First Slodge) and Tracey Corderoy.
Anyone close to the town can still look forward to some fantastic events this year. The Stratford Literary Festival Winter Weekend is expected to go ahead as planned in November and will feature some authors who were unable to appear this Spring. Find out more on their website.