Lucy the giraffe can’t sleep – the zoo is full of such a lot of different noises.  Ellie has the solution – she organises a way for everyone to live together and express themselves in a beautiful way.

The Ellie in Concert orchestral suite

Andy Jimenez has composed an orchestral suite for the book.  Listen to it here, accompanied by an animation based on Mike Wu’s illustrations.

Cardboard tube elephant craft

Mike Wu’s ‘Ellie’ books are proving very popular.  Here is a cute elephant craft for fans of the books.

Panpipes craft for kids

‘Ellie in Concert’ shows us that it is possible to create music out of surprising ingredients.  This is a great way to make a musical instrument out of 8 drinking straws.

Paper plate hippopotamus craft

This craft takes paper plate animals to another level, without being complicated.  The result is very comical hippo with impressive teeth.

DIY music shakers

Music shakers are a great way to enable children to explore music.  We particularly like these cardboard tube shakers decorated with tissue paper.

 

 

Children’s book of the week: Daisy 006 and a Bit

Daisy: 006 and a Bit’ by Kes Gray, illustrated by Nick Sharratt is the story of Daisy, who was first introduced as the pea-refusing star of ‘Eat Your Peas’.  There are now over fifteen Daisy books, including this one where she wears a moustache and joins the Secret Service.

A reading of ‘Daisy: 006 and a bit’ by Kes Gray

Check out the author Kes Gray reading ‘Daisy: 006 and a bit’  over here.

 Explore Daisy’s website 

If you’re wondering who Jack Beechwhistle is, or if you’ve forgotten the name of Dylan’s snake, this is a fun way to find out.   Click here to find out more about Daisy over here.

Draw Daisy with Nick Sharratt!

The lovely Nick Sharratt shows you how to draw Daisy, line by line, in felt tip over here.

How to make a Caesar wheel

Budding secret agents need some kind of code-cracking device to send and receive messages.  Luckily the clever people at Bletchley Park have created this printable Caesar wheel.

How to make invisible ink

Another way for kids to send a secret message is to experiment with invisible ink.  Here are some great ideas for creating hidden messages.

 

Children’s book of the week: Llamas in Pyjamas by Russell Punter

A group of llamas have a sleepover and experience some ghostly happenings in this unexpectedly spooky story! Continue reading “Children’s book of the week: Llamas in Pyjamas by Russell Punter”

Children’s book of the week: I Want My Hat Back

In ‘I Want My Hat Back’, a bear is searching for his missing hat.  He meets various animals along the way, and he receives a lot of different answers to his question.  This is a funny story which ends with a twist. Continue reading “Children’s book of the week: I Want My Hat Back”

Children’s Book of the Week: Room on the Broom

This week, the children’s book of the week is Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  This is a wonderful story of a kind witch and her cat, three helpful animals, and a menacing dragon.   Will they all fit on the witch’s broom?  Here are five resources to help you explore the story further. Continue reading “Children’s Book of the Week: Room on the Broom”

Children’s Book of the Week: Giraffes Can’t Dance

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees, is the wonderful story of a giraffe who finds his own rhythm with the help of his little friend the cricket.  What will happen at the Jungle Dance?  We have put together some great resources to explore the story further.  Take a look! Continue reading “Children’s Book of the Week: Giraffes Can’t Dance”

Children’s book of the week: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

This week for our children’s book of the week, we have We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.  This is a wonderful tale of adventure as a family bravely venture out to find a bear. We’re not scared, are you? Continue reading “Children’s book of the week: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”

Children’s Book of the Week: Errol’s Garden by Gillian Hibbs

Errol loves growing plants at home – in fact, he is an awesome indoor gardener!  We found five ways for kids to enjoy the story and to do some real and imaginary gardening. Continue reading “Children’s Book of the Week: Errol’s Garden by Gillian Hibbs”

Children’s Book of the Week: Elmer


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On 23 May, join us in celebrating Elmer’s birthday.  This year, Elmer is celebrating everyone’s true colours.  Why not put on your favourite brightly coloured clothes and have a look at some of these wonderful Elmer resources? Continue reading “Children’s Book of the Week: Elmer”

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge launches in our libraries tomorrow, Saturday 14 July. The challenge is fun, free and designed for all children whatever their reading ability and it’s been designed to help children to improve their reading skills and confidence during the long summer holidays.

Children can read whatever they like for the challenge – fact books, joke books,
picture books, audio books or you can download a book,  just as long as they are borrowed from the library.

 

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is called Mischief Makers – Dennis the Menace, Gnasher and friends invite the children taking part to set off on a hunt for Beanotown’s famous buried treasure.

 

Each of our libraries will be holding special events for children of all ages, some of these are listed now on our website Pop in to your local Kensington and Chelsea library  to find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge and collect a special  events programme.