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Our Hungry Little Minds Facebook Lives are back!

21 Jun 2022

Facebook Lives

Following on from the digital success of our Hungry Little Minds Facebook Lives, we are delighted to announce that they are back! These videos will return to our National Literacy Trust Facebook page on a monthly basis, filmed by both Lisa Clissett and Emma Coen.

Together Emma and Lisa will be bringing a variety of early years titles from Macmillan’s Children’s Books to life through fun activities, imaginative storytelling and chat, play and read activities. All of the videos will have lots of suggestions for parents to continue to help support their children’s literacy and language development in the home environment, getting them ready for when they start primary school.

The brand-new videos follow on from the success of our early years Christmas take-over, based on the festive tale How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith. In December, over 20 members of staff from the National Literacy Trust published a recording everyday up to Boxing Day, reading a chapter and recording the activity from the book. The home learning environment team were thrilled to engage over 29,000 families across the country with festive tips for children aged 0 to 5.

Earlier this month, Emma ran our first session based on the amazing My Dad is a Grizzly Bear written by Swapna Haddow, illustrated by Dapo Adeola and published by Macmillan Children’s Books.

Make sure you tune in to our next Hungry Little Minds Facebook Live! We will have the following titles for the rest of the year:

  • Tuesday 5 July - I'm Actually Really Grown-Up Now by Maisie Paradise Shearring
  • Tuesday 9 August - Freddie and the Fairy by Julia Donaldson and Karen George
  • Tuesday 6 September - A Dress with Pockets by Lily Murray and Jenny Løvlie
  • Tuesday 4 October - Look after us by Rod Campbell
  • Tuesday 1 November - Anna and Otis by Maisie Paradise Shearring
  • Tuesday 6 December - New in Town by Marta Altes

We are encouraging all parents, carers and early years settings to share these sessions far and wide to make sure as many families and their little ones can view the recordings. Young families can also access sign up to our early years newsletter which is full of further activities to continue to support their little ones literacy and language development.

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