Storytelling has always been fundamental to our very existence – sharing stories is what people do. Whether for fun, comfort, community, knowledge or escapism, or all of the above and more! Now, more than ever, it’s so very important that we continue to share stories with each other.
“We have been moved and heartened by the many requests we’ve received from booksellers, teachers, librarians and authors, who are doing their utmost to help children and parents during these difficult times through shared reading. We would like to do everything we can to support these efforts and so are now extending the period during which we grant full permission until the end of June 2021 to allow anyone to film themselves or others reading aloud from our children’s and YA publishing.
If you’d like to get involved, please ensure that you hold the book up at the start of the video and end, and note that you’re reading with permission from Faber Children’s. Please also mention the title, author and illustrator in both the video and the caption – as our authors and illustrators rely on the royalties from sales of our books. As do we, the publishers.
The videos will need to be taken down by 30 June 2021.
Lastly, but importantly: we will need you to notify us that you are posting this material – you ONLY have permission to post the material if you are making it available free of charge. Please notify us via the following email address: email@example.com.
We would also love to see your readings! So please don’t forget to tag our social media handle – @FaberChildrens – when you share them so that we can too.
Meanwhile, every week we will be adding to the activity sheets, video, audio content and other parent/teacher resources we provide free on our website – please do have a forage – we hope you enjoy them!”
Leah Thaxton, Faber Children’s Publisher
Please see below for a selection of some of our most popular reads by age category:
Picture Books (0 – 5)
Macavity by T.S Eliot
Macavity’s Not There by T.S. Eliot
The Hog in the Fog by Julia Copus (A Harry & Lil Story)
The Hog, The Shrew and the Hullabaloo by Julia Copus (A Harry & Lil Story)
The Shrew that Flew by Julia Copus (A Harry & Lil Story)
Daddy’s Sandwich by Pip Jones (A Ruby Roo Story)
Quick Barney, Run! by Pip Jones (A Ruby Roo Story)
Fixer the Robot by John Kelly
Squishy McFluff: Tea with the Queen by Pip Jones
Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges
Bathroom Boogie by Clare Foges
The Hug by Eoin McLaughlin
Not Yet, Zebra by Lou Kuenzler
Calm Down, Zebra by Lou Kuenzler
Space Tortoise by Ross Montgomery
The Building Boy by Ross Montgomery
My Hair by Hannah Lee
Planet Awesome by Stacy McAnulty
Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep by Katie Blackburn
I Like Bees, I Don’t Like Honey by Sam Bishop
The Goat Cafe by Francesca Simon
Young Readers (5 – 9)The Iron Man by Ted Hughes Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot The Humphrey Series by Betty G. Birney Ballerina Dreams by Michaela DePrince Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow Dave Pigeon (Nuggets!) by Swapna Haddow Dave Pigeon (Racer!) by Swapna Haddow Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!) by Swapna Haddow Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat! by Pip Jones Squishy McFluff: Supermarket Sweep! by Pip Jones Squishy McFluff: Big Country Fair by Pip Jones Squishy McFluff: Seaside Rescue! by Pip Jones Murray the Race Horse by Gavin Puckett (Fables from the Stables) Hendrix the Rocking Horse by Gavin Puckett (Fables from the Stables) Colin the Cart Horse by Gavin Puckett (Fables from the Stables) Poppy the Police Horse by Gavin Puckett (Fables from the Stables) Hayley the Hairy Horse by Gavin Puckett (Fables from the Stables) Picklewitch and Jack by Claire Barker Picklewitch & Jack and the Cuckoo Cousin by Claire Barker Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest by Harry Heape Shiny Pippin and the Monkey Burglars by Harry Heape Shiny Pippin and the Impossible Door by Harry Heape The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler by Gene Kemp
Middle Grade (8 – 12)Survivors by David Long Heroes by David Long Rescue by David Long Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll The Somerset Tsunami by Emma Carroll When we were Warriors by Emma Carroll The Girl who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll Strange Star by Emma Carroll Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll The Five Realms: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood The Gift of Dark Hollow by Kieran Larwood The Beasts of Grimheart by Kieran Larwood Uki and the Outcasts by Kieran Larwood The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell Explorers on Witch Mountain by Alex Bell Explorers on Black Ice Bridge by Alex Bell The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant Matt Millz by Harry Hill Matt Millz Stands Up! by Harry Hill Matt Millz on Tour! by Harry Hill The Secret Starling by Judith Eagle The Pear Affair by Judith Eagle Fire Girl, Forest Boy by Chloe Daykin Chester Parsons is Not a Gorilla by Martyn Ford Max and the Millions by Ross Montgomery Child I by Steve Tasane
Teens & YA (12+)Hope in a Ballet Shoe by Michaela DePrince & Elaine DePrince Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon The Graces by Laura Eve The Curses by Laura Eve Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds Dead Ends by Erin Lange Butter by Erin Lange The Chaos of Now by Erin Lange Bone Gap by Laura Ruby Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman Darkthaw by Kate A. Boorman Heartfire by Kate A. Boorman In Paris with You by Clementine Beauvais Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley Pet by Akwaeke Emezi