• Booktrust The UKs largest children’s reading charity. Extensive resources for families and professionals including tips to support reading, booklists, articles and animated books.​
  • Words for Life Informative website for parents and professionals by the National Literacy Trust, including developmental milestones and children’s book suggestions
  • The World Book Day website is packed with inspiration, resources, games, videos, and tips to help you celebrate books and reading all year round
  • Making Their Mark: Children’s Early Writing (Early Education booklet by Penny Tassoni)
  • This booklet for parents/carers describes the stages of mark making, with fun ideas for developing children’s pencil grip
  • ​​PACEY materials on literacy include items for members and non-members, plus useful additional links
  • The Hanen Centre have a very highly recommended series of YouTube videos of their Book Nook materials. These are intended for parents in particular, but are an excellent resource for teams to use to refresh their story reading skills. Featured books include Giraffes Can’t Dance and Goodnight Gorilla.



  • Why wait for the International Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19th ? See this jolly list of pirate-themed storybooks from Teachwire.
  • ​​Useful ideas to extend older and more able children’s literacy by playing with words and poems. From Scholastic.
  • ​​Excellent ‘top tips’ for reading out loud to children. From Booktrust.
  • You may also like to get involved with the annual National Poetry Day
  • A list of recommended books without text, designed to support children in narrating stories based on the pictures, has been collated by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
  • An amazing FREE YouTube library of Michael Rosen’s songs, poems and rhymes, featuring Michael Rosen himself!
  • If you’re thinking of a core book approach the Pie Corbett reading spine ‘top texts’ will be useful. The Talk for Writing programme was devised by Pie.FREE pack of activities based on the Very Hungry Caterpillar from PACEY.
  • Activity ideas inspired by The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Enjoy the book animated and read aloud from Inspiration Laboratories.
  • Ideas from the Hanen Centre about phonogogical awareness development:Helping children understand that words can be broken down into individual sounds is called sound awareness or “phonological awareness”. This essential early literacy skill has been linked to better reading and writing skills later on. In this video, we share a fun technique for building your child’s sound awareness with the children’s book, Room on the Broom.
  • Lost and Found – another excellent article by the Hanen organisation showing how to extend rich learning using a high quality picture book.
  • See these Youtube top tips for reading with your child….from Mauritius!
  • Storytelling - a reminder of this blog about Helicopter Stories, as used at Amigos Pre-School
  • A winter booklist by Words for Life
  • Take part in the National Book Trust Pyjamarama bedtime story celebration and fundraising event on June 7th.
  • Letterbox Library is a great source of books with a focus on equalities, inclusion and diversity.
  • The superb Bookfinder website from BookTrust has great ideas for all ages of children, including this Tony Ross book.
  • Build on children’s fascination with their own names and those of their friends with these playful name provocation ideas, from Inspired by Play.
  • A useful link to Michael Rosen’s Poetryline page from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, with animations, videos and suggested teaching sequences.
  • The winners of the Reception Teach Primary Book Awards 2019 are here.
  • How well do you know your nursery rhymes? Try this quiz from BookTrust.
  • A fantastic FREE set of resources inspired by We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is available from the NDNA.


  • A clear description of the different stages of mark making from Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service.Interesting ideas for mark making, including outdoors from Early Learning HQ.
  • Top tips for engaging boys in mark making, from an action research project. By Julie Cigman.
  • Ideas for developing the skills for mark making from Early Arts, plus excellent related articles and linksThis website is to support parents and carers of children who are having occupational therapy. It has lots of ideas to support pre-writing skills. From Therapy Street for Kids.
  • An idea combining mark-making with small world farm animals and fine motor development. From Simple Play Ideas.
  • Try this imaginative way to develop meaningful print outdoors, from Creative Star Learning.

Guidance by the Early Years Team in Brighton and Hove suggests ways to develop this area of learning:

Literacy Develpoment (PDF363KB)

Early writing support, ‘Let’s Look at Writing’, is available via this £10 elearning course