Sharing Stories

We're here to keep everyone entertained!

Well done for staying home and safe! Here's something to keep you busy and entertained. Click on the videos below for stories read by their brilliant authors plus there's draw-alongs with some best-selling illustrators. We'll be adding more as time goes on. Image above by Sarah McIntyre.

Struggling to explain Covid-19 to your children? Download the brilliant book published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Axel Scheffler here.

Draw Eelephant Me with Guy Parker-Rees

Listen to this lovely story by Giles Andreae about the elephant who just wants to be himself then draw along to create your own picture!

Draw animals with Alex Paterson

The Warwickshire illustrator shows you easy ways to draw very realistic animals - with a bit of help from a friend!

Make a Little Monster with Smriti Halls

Fun easy monster-making craft with the best-selling author of Don't Call me Sweet and most recently I'm Sticking with You.

Axel Scheffler does a very special drawing!

Gruffalo illustrator and creator of Pip & Posy does a very special drawing for us of the mouse and rabbit painting rainbows for the NHS. Published by Nosy Crow. You can download Axel’s free book explaining Covid-19 to children here

Draw a dog with Chris White

The very silly author and illustrator shows you how to create a very funny-looking dog

Martin Brown makes drawing animals easy!

Just added! He's back with another draw-along. This time you can learn how to draw animals that look brilliant. See below for more of Martin's videos.

Look Daddy Look! by Manlu Tu

Actor Charlie Hamblett shares the delightful story of a forgetful hedgehog - winner of the 2019 Salariya/Stratford Literary Festival Picture Book Prize.

Michelle Robinson reads Odd Socks

The award-winning illustrator shares the funny story of the sock with the hole. Fun things to do here. Illustrated by Rebecca Ashdown and published by Anderson Press.

Read and draw Pom Pom with Sophy Henn

The World Book Day author and illustrator reads Pom Pom is Super, then shows to how to draw Pom Pom for yourself. Published by Puffin Books.

Martin Brown is back again!

Horrible Histories illustrator and Lesser Spotted Animals creator shows you how easy it is to create figures.

Draw Gromit with Nick Park

The hugely talented animator and genius behind the Aardman films shows you how to draw the doleful dog.

See other videos here.

Kes Gray reads Oi Frog!

The bestselling author reads one his most popular Oi stories illustrated by Jim Field and published by Hodder Childrens Books. See more readings here.

James Mayhew reads Katie's Picture Show

The brilliant James takes you on a thrilling ride through his first ever book about Katie's adventures at the picture gallery.

Draw Faces with Martin Brown

The illustrator of the Horrible History series and Lesser Spotted Animals shows you how to draw amazing faces!

How to Draw Mr Bunny with Elys Dolan

The award-winning author/illustrator shows you how to create Mr Bunny from her hilarious story Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory, published by OUP.

Tony de Saulles shares Bee Boy

Tony reads from his book about Melvin Meadly, half bee-half boy, then you can sing along and learn how to draw bees and why they are so important and clever. Ideal for 6+ and published by OUP.

Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis

When two small sisters go fishing to the magic pond, they find something much better than a frog or a newt. Illustrated by Gwen Millward and published by Puffin.

Princess Daisy and the Dragon by Steven Lenton

When a truly terrifying sound wakes the inhabitants of a fairytale kingdom, clever Princess Daisy soon figures out the problem but her father the King just won’t listen. Published by Nosy Crow.

Rob Biddulph's Gregosaurus

Learn from Rob how to draw a Gregosaurus and buy Sunk! here.

Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph

It’s lonely being the odd dog out, so she packs her case and travels around the world to try to find her place in it. Published by HarperCollins Childrens.

Grumpycorn by Sarah McIntyre

Draw along with the brilliant author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre. Published by Scholastic.

Draw a Ladybird with Lydia Monks

The illustrator of many Julia Donaldson books shows you how to draw everyone’s favourite crime-busting ladybird. Published by Macmillan Children's Books.

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam read by Tracey Corderoy

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, the world's most useless burglars, discover that crime doesn't pay but cupcakes certainly do! Illustrated by Steven Lenton and published by Nosy Crow.

Philip Ardagh draws Bunnies on the Bus

The bunnies have taken over the bus and they’re on a wild ride across the streets of Sunnytown! Illustrated by Ben Mantle and published by Walker Books.

Timothy Knapman reads Sir Dancealot

There’s not a fearsome foe Sir Dancealot can’t defeat - until a dragon arrives at the castle gates demanding a dance-off. Illustrated by Keith Robinson and published by Bloomsbury.

Draw an Emu with ArtBase!

Try your hand at creating a gorgeous creature with this step by step guide from ArtBase who run workshops for children in Warwickshire and the Midlands. See more here.

Sean Taylor reads Hoot Owl

Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl - he's a master of disguise! And he will use his expert camouflage powers to trick his unsuspecting prey! Ilustrations by Jean Jullien and published by Walker Books.

Playbox Dreamtime Bedtime Stories

Join staff, alumni and friends of the amazing Playbox Theatre sharing some favourite tales for children of all ages.

More stories here and more added every day!

Hollie Hughes reads The Girl and the Dinosaur

Join Marianne on the beach digging for dinosaur bones and discover what happens next - a beautiful story illustrated by Sarah Massini and published by Bloomsbury Books.

Join Karl Newson's Mudwaffler Club

A place to nestle down and make things, sing songs and create drawings. Find out more here.

Myles McLeod shares Knight Sir Louis and the Dreadful Damsel

A brave knight sets off to do battle with the Damsel of Distresse. Plus find out how to write a haiku. Published by Guppy Publishing.