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Schoolreaders Storytime
Week 7 Schoolreaders Storytime
Schoolreaders Storytime – 'Cave Baby' by Julia Donaldson
A hairy mammoth takes a cheeky little baby on a thrilling ride through a moonlit landscape populated by a sabre-toothed tiger, a leaping hare, a laughing hyena and even, just maybe, by a big brown bear... But where are they going? And what has it to do with the baby's scribblings on the cave wall?
Reading Age 6+   
Schoolreaders Storytime – 'The Misadventure of Frederick' by Ben Manley
In a mansion surrounded by lakes and forests, Frederick is bored. He leads a very sheltered life: and when Emily invites him to play outside he has no choice but to refuse – what if he hurts himself? Much better to stay safely indoors. But Emily is not one to take no for an answer...
Optional activity
Reading Age 7+
Schoolreaders Storytime – Stories from 'The Book of Hopes' edited by Katherine Rundell
The Book of Hopes is an extraordinary collection of short stories, poems and pictures to comfort, inspire and entertain children in lockdown with contributions from more than 110 children's writers and illustrators.  This week's reading includes both a short story and a poem: 'The Monk and the Armadillo' by Onjali Q. Rauf
'Care of Exotic Pets.  Number 1. The Axolotl at Bedtime' by Catherine Johnson
Reading Age 8+
Week 6
Schoolreaders Storytime – 'Tiddler' by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
The smallest fish can tell the tallest tales ... "Sorry I'm late, Miss. I set off really early but on the way to school I was captured by a squid. I wriggled and I struggled till a turtle came and rescued me." "Oh, no, he didn't." "OH, YES, HE DID." Tiddler is a little fish with a BIG imagination! What ever will he come up with next?
Optional activity
Reading Age 6+
Schoolreaders Storytime – 'Hubert Horatio – A Very Fishy Tale' by Lauren Child Part 1
'Hubert Horatio - A Very Fishy Tale' Part 2
Told in two parts: Hubert Horatio is quite possibly the most responsible and clever child you will ever meet.  This is the very fishy tale of how an ordinary day became the death-defying rescue of Hubert Horatio. And who did the rescuing? Why Hubert, of course...
Reading Age 7+
Schoolreaders Storytime – 'The Last Noo Noo' by Jill Murphy
A brilliantly funny book about a monster attached to his dummy!  Marlon's granny thinks that he's much too old for a dummy. "It's a noo-noo," Marlon informs her. And he has no intention of giving it up. Not even when his mum throws it in the bin. Not even when the other monsters call him a big baby. Nothing and no one can make Marlon give up his noo-noo until Marlon decides that the time is right...
Optional activity
Reading Age 6+
Week 5 Schoolreaders Storytime
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson
Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overhead their plot, and she has a plan of her own...
Reading Age 6+
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Spells’ by Emily Gravett
A hopeful little frog tries to turn himself into a handsome prince by piecing together the torn pages of a spell book. There's just one problem – although Frog knows all about magical spells, spelling is another matter . . . 
Optional activity
Reading Age 5+
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Peace at Last’ by Jill Murphy The hour was late and Mr Bear was tired. But he could not sleep - however he tried and wherever he tried. Snore, snore went Mrs Bear. Tick-tock, tick-tock went the clock.  Would he never get to sleep? 
Optional activity
Reading Age 6+
Week 4 Schoolreaders Storytime
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Aaaarrgghh Spider! by Lydia Monks
Spider wants to be a family pet. But the family whose house he lives in are terrified of him. Whenever he tries to show them what a great pet he would make, they simply cry: ”AAAARRGGHH, Spider!” 
Optional activity
Reading Age 5+
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Cyril and Pat’ by Emily Gravett
Cyril is the only squirrel in Lake Park, and he's very lonely. Until one day he meets Pat – Pat the big, grey . . . other squirrel. Cyril and Pat have lots of adventures and fun together and Cyril is so pleased he's made a friend. But everyone is adamant that Cyril and Pat simply cannot be friends, and they soon reveal why: Pat, as the reader has known all along, is actually a RAT! 
Optional activity
Reading Age 7+
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘The Highway Rat’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Life is not safe for the other animals, as the villainous Highway Rat gallops along the highway, stealing their food. Clover from a rabbit; nuts from a squirrel - he even steals his own horse's hay. Will he finally meet his comeuppance, in the form of a cunning duck? 
Optional activity
Reading Age 6+
Week 3 Schoolreaders Storytime
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Winston the Book Wolf’ by Marni McGee Winston the book wolf likes books - he likes to eat them. But then a girl named Rosie teaches Winston an important lesson: "You do not have to chew on a book to taste the wonderful words inside. Words taste even better when you eat them with your eyes!"
Optional activity
Reading Age 7+
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘The Legend of the Kea ’ by Philip Temple Krikta the kea and his friends are always playing practical jokes on the other birds. But one day, some of the birds become greedy and want the forest for themselves. So begins the terrible time of quarrelling that threatens the forest. Ka, the great bird and keeper of the forest, is angry with the birds and punishes them. Krikta, the mischievous kea, finds he has been too cheeky for his own good.
Reading Age 10+
‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen Please note new link to this story above – Walker Books have kindly sent us a special link to this story being read by Michael Rosen himself. The original link will be deactivated soon. For brave hunters and bear-lovers!  Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!
Reading Age 6+
Week 2 Schoolreaders Storytime
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Baby Brains’ by Simon James
Meet the extraordinary Baby Brains. He reads the paper, mends the car and works as a doctor at the hospital. He’s so clever that some scientists ask him to go on their next space mission.
Optional activity
Reading Age 5+
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne
One night a boy is woken by a terrible sound. A storm is breaking, lightning flashing across the sky. In the morning Dad has disappeared and Mum doesn’t seem to know when he’ll be back. Mum asks her son to take a cake to his sick grandma. "Don’t go into the forest," she warns. "Go the long way round." But, for the first time, the boy chooses to take the path into the forest, where he meets a variety of fairy tale characters!
Optional activity
Reading age 8+
Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Bringing Down the Moon’ by Jonathan Emmett Meet the little mole who thinks a lot and join him on his quest to bring down the moon.
Optional activity
Reading age 3+
Week 1 Schoolreaders Storytime
Schoolreaders Storytime - 'The Ravenous Beast' by Niamh Sharkey The ravenous beast is hungry; he’s hungry, hungry, hungry. But is he the hungriest animal of all?
Optional activity
Reading age: 5+
Schoolreaders Storytime - 'One is a snail, ten is a crab' by April Pulley Sayre If one is a snail and two is a person, we must be counting by feet!
Optional activity
Reading age: 3+
Schoolreaders Storytime - 'This is Our House' by Michael Rosen A book about the power of sharing. George says the cardboard house is his and no one else can share it.
Optional activity
Reading age: 5+
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