Reading-Related Resources

Activities, videos, author and illustrator websites, suggested good reads, etc., chosen by your Librarian

Authors and Illustrators

Find here authors and illustrators sharing their stories, talking about their books, plus activities and videos

Liz Pichon is the author and illustrator of the fantastic Tom Gates series.

NEW! A story by J K Rowling, The Ickabog. More

Released especially for us in lockdown - read it in instalments here... See the site too for details of an illustration competition

Listen to Tom reading his book D-Day Dog aloud to his own dog, Finn.

Written by Smriti Halls and illustrated by David Litchfield, this beautiful book has been made available to read as a free ebook. More

To raise awareness of the Save the Children Save the Stories campaign, which is helping children most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Listen to some of the amazing authors and illustrators who have entertained young people at the Hay Festival in recent years! More

Sadly the Festival has had to be cancelled for 2020. We look forward to being able to take pupils from YHT again in future years.

This excellent website from the Scottish Book Trust provides an amazing array of videos of authors live on demand! More

Authors include Charlie Higson, Malorie Blackman, Liz Pichon, Anthony Horowitz, and many more

Authors are interviewed by members of the Booklings reading group at Glenthorne High School, Surrey. More

This talented group is run by fantastic Glenthorne school librarian Lucas Maxwell.

Hear Frank Cottrell Boyce reading his fantastic The Astounding Broccoli Boy on Instagram.

Loads of creative activities focusing on Peter Bunzl's Cogheart series of exciting adventures.

Abi Elphinstone shares her wonderful adventures, with video clips and activities based around them

Abi Elphinstone talks about her new book, Jungledrop (out 14 May 2020).

Videos of Neil Gaiman reading his books aloud, plus booktrailers and downloadable activities.

Official home of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts More

Harry Potter at Home aims to bring a touch of Harry Potter magic to our new daily lives

Alex Rider site for the thrilling series by author, Anthony Horowitz More

Live on 2 April at 10 am - Watch the launch of the latest book in the series, Nightshade

Each weekday, fabulous author Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his stories and sharing some of the things which went into making it.

The excellent author of many fabulous books including Armistice Runner, Scrum, D-Day Dog and Black Op introduces his books in short video clips.

The wonderful author Tom Palmer is making available Scouted and Kick-Off, the first Roy of the Rovers fiction and graphic novel, free to download and keep as ebooks, plus 25% off the Season 1 books.

Poems and stories on Michael Rosen’s official YouTube channel.

Activities revolving around the fantastic series that is Murder Most Unladylike

For the latest in football news, quizzes and football biographies from the team bringing us the excellent Ultimate Football Heroes series, and others

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams, including free audio stories More

Go to the Activities tab for lots of fun things to do too!

Website of local author and Children's Laureate Wales More

Check out her fantastic stories Gaslight and Seaglass. Wilde due out soon

Access to Books, eBooks and Audiobooks

Some generous authors and illustrators have filmed readings so we can all share one of their empathy-boosting stories or poems!

Listen to audiobooks of some fantastic stories - free of charge for an extended period More

Picturebooks, younger stories, plus Fiction and YA, including Ben Miller, Abi Elphinstone, Michelle Harrison, Malcolm Duffy, Marcus Sedgwick, Chris Ryan

Audible are making their audiobooks available temporarily for free, for as long as schools are closed. More

Stream stories, including titles across six different languages, free from your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Barrington Stoke eBook Sale - All Barrington Stoke eBooks available for 99p for a limited time only. More

Great selection of books for teen and middle-grade readers.

eBooks and audiobooks to download and enjoy – free from our local public libraries.

Buy Books, eBooks, DVDs, Blu-ray, Stationery, Music CDs & more with FREE UK Delivery on all orders. More

Support your local bookshop by shopping with (nominate Victoria Bookshop in Haverfordwest or Tenby Bookshop when you order)

Comics and magazines to download and enjoy, free from our local public libraries.

Book News, Reviews, Activities...

The National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from professional librarians. More

Launched by CILIP (the Library & Information Profession), and the Youth Libraries Group the daily videos will focus on helping children and families discover new, diverse reading experiences. The broadcast will run Monday to Friday at 11.00am each day

Stephen Fry starts a new Big Read - Listen in to hear A Seven-Letter Word by Kim Slater [starts 9 minutes in]

Advice, information and free resources for parents and carers of children with dyslexia

Fantastic 10 minute challenges set by authors and illustrators each day. First up is the amazing Abi Elphinstone

Recommendations, news, and reviews – plus BookFinder to help find a good book

Storybooks and games for younger members of the family

Lots of information and activities, including making a mini book and drawing a Gruffalo.

Fantastic creative writing workshops with author Phil Earle, provided by the Scottish Book Trust.

Being developed and updated over the coming days/weeks/months, this is a resource with simple activities to engage your children up to age 12 at home.

Author interviews, activities and creative writing packs

Book news, competitions, reviews, and interviews

Book Reviews and Activities.

Daily updates of the many events taking place online for us - author videos, book launches, things to do etc More

Great overview!

Interesting creative activities from local author and Children's Laureate Wales, Eloise Williams

Author and illustrator masterclasses, with videos and activities for all ages.

Free audiobooks for all ages – some great listening here!

Mindfulness Colouring

Free colouring sheets from local artist Dorian Spencer Davies. More

Mainly South Wales scenes. Free of charge for a limited period.

Fantastic artist Millie Marotta has made available some free downloadable colouring sheets to help distract and relax.


Writing Competition for ages 7-17. Great tips, great prizes, great opportunity to let your creativity flow More

Closing date: 17 July 2020

Write a story, a poem, a piece of prose, an article, a diary entry - it's up to you. The topic? - any British wildlife. More

Closing date 24 July 2020

Great creative writing competition set by the wonderful Nicola Morgan, author of books including Positively Teenage, Body Positive, The Teenage Guide to Life Online, and more More

Find Nicola's books in YHT's Shelf Help section & the YA section