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By Oxford Owl, posted on 14th April 2020

Author videos: Storytelling, draw-alongs, and challenges

Over the coming weeks, we are bringing you exciting new challenges, draw-alongs, and storytimes direct from the very best authors and illustrators.

From quick-fire creative challenges to readings from some of our favourite picture books, you can expect a wide range of activities to keep young minds active and inspired during school closures. Join our authors and illustrators live at the times below on our Facebook page, or catch up at a later date. Be ready to get creative!

The schedule below is being updated all the time, so please check back regularly for details.

Author Challenge | Every Monday at 11am

30th March – Gill Lewis: Watch now on YouTube >
6th April – Anne Miller: Watch now on YouTube >
13th April – Elaine Wickson: Watch now on YouTube >
4th May – Tim Allman: Watch now on YouTube >

Author Draw-along | Every Wednesday at 11am

1st April – Tom McLaughlin: Watch now on YouTube >
8th April – Jamie Smart: Watch now on YouTube >
15th April – Matty Long: Watch now on YouTube >
22nd April – Korky Paul: Watch now on YouTube >
29th April – Jenny Lovlie: Watch now on YouTube >
6th May – Mini Grey: Watch now on YouTube >
8th May – Alex Brychta: Watch now on YouTube >

Author Storytime | Every Friday at 11am

3rd April – Dawn Coulter-Cruttenden, Bear Shaped: Watch now on YouTube >
10th April – Jon Burgerman, Everybody Has a Body: Watch now on YouTube >
17th April – Jo Fernihough, Crow and PeacockWatch now on YouTube >
24th April – Alex Latimer, Mole Hill: Watch now on YouTube >

Catch-up with our latest author videos

Author Challenge: Take a stand with Tim Allman

Tim Allman, author of the fun and inspiring Max Takes a Stand, challenges us to imagine a better world.

Author Draw-along: Alex Brychta

Alex Brychta, illustrator of the beloved Biff, Chip and Kipper series, shows us how to draw Floppy the dog.

Author Storytime: Alex Latimer reads Mole Hill

It’s storytime! Join us to hear Alex Latimer read his funny and charming new book, Mole Hill.