Online reading and COVID-19: the low down

Posted by Amy Gerrish on Tuesday June 9th, 2020

*UPDATED: see below for extended video permissions.*

Calling all teachers, librarians and childcare professionals!

We've been really moved by the amount of requests we've received from people (mainly teachers!) across the country that are asking if it's okay to keep reading our books online to their class while we're living in this new, strange world.

In short: YES! These times are challenging, and we're particularly sensitive to the needs of children to continue their learning and to reap the many benefits that good literature brings them. But, there are a few things we need you to do to ensure that this is done in a way that allows us to continue making great books in the future!

We want to support you in your efforts, and ask that if you choose to read your book online to your students you follow these guidelines:

  • At the beginning of your video, please state that you are presenting your reading 'with permission from Chicken House.'
  • You post your reading through your school's platform or another closed group or platform with limited access for your students. Should this not be possible please let us know.
  • Since we view this as a way to compensate for the closure of schools, please delete your video or disable access no later than 5pm 30th August 2020.

If you are happy to agree to the above terms please let us know, confirming the title of the book you wish to read online together with the name of the author and illustrator, by contacting elinor@chickenhousebooks.comBy posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.

We've also got heaps of educational resources in our dedicated Schools' Hub - take a look, and you might just find some ready-made activities relating to the book you and your class are sharing!

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Thanks for taking the time to read this update. Here's to staying happy and healthy!

Introducing #COOPEDUPKIDS!

Posted by Amy Gerrish on Tuesday April 7th, 2020

Presented as a digital festival of sorts, #COOPEDUPKIDS is a way of bringing the fun inside while we weather these strange lockdown times together.

While everyone’s cooped up inside, we’re serving up all the creative content you’ll need to have fun with the kids and help their imaginations fly!

#COOPEDUPKIDS has four strands running side by side. Each week, every Wednesday and Sunday, we’ll be sharing our brilliant authors reading aloud the first chapter of one of their books - these are our #COOPEDUPKIDS Story Sessions. Soon, we also hope to bring you our #COOPEDUPKIDS Author Interviews, where the writers themselves will be able to answer burning bookish questions!

We’ll also be bringing you our #COOPEDUPKIDS Author Event Specials! These aren’t your average book readings - oh no. The Author Event Specials are more akin to the sessions that our authors would run in schools or at book festivals, and you’ll be able to watch from your own sofa.

Lastly, no Chicken House festival would be complete without the opportunity to get your hands on some new books. With our #COOPEDUPKIDS Downloads and Competitions, you might well have the chance to win some new stories! We’ll also be dishing up some brilliant printables which we’d love you to share with us once completed.

You’ll find all of this awesome content on the dedicated page in our Schools’ Hub. Don’t forget - we’ve also got heaps of educational resources for many of our bestselling books here too.

Be sure to also keep an eye on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages as we’ll be sharing a weekly #COOPEDUPKIDS schedule every Monday, as well as sharing all the content when it’s live!

Let’s get cracking!