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Home library: resources for children and young people

Websites to help with home schooling and activities to keep children and young people entertained.

Coronavirus: your questions answered - the doctors from BBC's Operation Ouch answer some common questions

Books, stories, writing and drawing

BookTrust Home Time - competitions, storybooks, games and quizzes

British Library - brilliant activities and discoveries at the British Library

Cressida Cowell - reading 'How to Train Your Dragon' and sharing magical ideas on YouTube

Rob Biddulph - author and illustrator Rob Biddulph is holding drawing sessions: #DrawWithRob

Marcus Sedgwick - reading from his books

Michael Rosen - poems and stories

Peter Bunzl - find out more about the author of the Cogheart series

Robin Stevens - activities from the 'Murder Most Unladylike' series

CILIP National Shelf Service - book recommendations from professional librarians (YouTube)

Lovereading4kids - book recommendations

Reading Ahead - book recommendations

Storyclub - creative writing challenges

Drawing with Sarah - drawing sessions on YouTube with Sarah McIntyre

Mark Crilley - artist Mark Crilley has how-to-draw videos on YouTube in a mix of styles, like manga and real life

Steve Antony - draw a story with Steve Antony

Tom McLaughlin - learn to draw with Tom McLaughlin

Chatterbooks - free packs full of reading activities for children aged 4 to 6.

Faber - resources for Faber children's books

Bringing books to life - celebrity presenters tell you about their favourite children's books

Chris Haughton - telling stories from his Facebook page, most days from 5pm

David Walliams - stories with the popular author

Caryl Hart - activities and story times from the children's author

Jan Carr - reading a chapter a day of 'The Wonder Girls'

Mouse Circus with Neil Gaiman - Neil and friends reading stories such as Coralline

Storyline online - stories read by celebrities using a variety of platforms

SingingHandsUK - songs and stories with Makaton

Authorfy - online access to author videos and writing resources (free registration required)

Once Upon a Picture - loads of writing prompts and ideas

Stuff that's fun and interesting

Escaping the library - free online escape room - can you escape the library?

Fantastic for Families - art-related activities

Tate Kids - games and quizzes, art activities, homework help and share your art.

Girls Who Code - coding activities to do at home

MIT App Inventor - website developed by MIT to help you learn how to build android based apps

TheoCooks - a live cook along with Theo Michaels on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm

Creative Quarantine - creative adventures and activities for people with time to spare (young and old)

DDMIX (Diverse Dance Mix - Darcy Bussell) - for children, schools and families. Join a member of the team live on Facebook every day at 1.30pm.

Science fun - various science activities from @MrsBpriSTEM on Twitter.

Isolating pen pals (children) - connecting children across the world to promote mental health and wellbeing while we're in lockdown.

PE with Joe - fitness sessions with Joe Wicks, weekdays at 9am. Aimed at children but why not get the whole family to join in?

BBC Tiny Happy People - simple activities and play ideas for the early years

Help with learning

A2Z Homeschooling - a vast resource of links to other websites

Every School - a vast collection of links to other websites

Hungry Little Minds - Resources and ideas for home learning and activities

National Literacy Trust - Literacy charity who work with schools and communities

Twinkl with the BBC - BBC resources offered through Twinkl for free including worksheets, quizzes and BBC educational videos

Myleene's Music Klass - learn about music on Myleene Klass's YouTube channel including some live classes each week.

Made With Music - virtual early years music class.

Future Learn -World of Spies: keeping secrets - a course for 13 to 17 year olds about how to keep your secrets safe.

Classroom Secrets - free resources for home learning.

ICT games - educational games aimed at children between 5 and 8 years old.

Usborne - free fun educational and play resources for children from pre-schoolers to 11 year olds.

BBC Bitesize - revision topics for the national curriculum and daily activities while schools are closed. Aimed at 3 age groups: primary, secondary and 16+.

Britannica for Kids - kids version of Britannica. An American site, so done by 'grade' but still very useful.

Free science lessons - free revision videos for GCSE science.

National Archives - a huge range of resources on medieval history onwards, separated into different time periods, from key stage 1 to 5.

Oxford Owl for Home - home learning resources for primary school children.

STEM online - free resources for home learning, in-school and family activities

Scholastic Learn at Home - Loads of resources for various topics arranged in grade order (USA). Also includes stories to watch, ebooks and activities to support.