Authors Live from the Archives: Lower Primary

Since 2010, we've been working with BBC Scotland Learning on Authors Live, a fantastic project which brings the biggest names in children's fiction right into classrooms and libraries for children and young people to enjoy through digital author events. Seven years on, we have now reached 60 broadcasts featuring authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers. We love bringing Authors Live to life, and schools seem to love it too with fans tuning in from every local authority in Scotland, plus elsewhere in the UK too. To celebrate reaching 60 broadcasts, we wanted to dig out some of our favourites from the archive for you to enjoy, because all of our past broadcasts can be watched any time through our Watch On Demand Library!

To begin, here are 5 great events for pre-school and P1-3. We hope that you enjoy discovering (or rediscovering) these great events with young readers! Look out for future blog posts for our upper primary and secondary highlights. 

Ed Vere Ed with kids

We'll start off with an event which isn't from too far back in our archives, as Ed joined us for Bookbug Week in 2016. However, we had to include it, because it combines two things which we know nurseries and P1-3 classes love: fantastic stories, and a draw-along to join in with. We always love to see the drawings that the children create from our broadcasts, and we were amazed by how many classes sent us photos of their own Max after this event. You can send us yours too on Twitter #BBCAuthorsLive.

Julia Donaldson

Including this one might be cheating, because actually we’ve had two broadcasts with Julia Donaldson and I’m going to talk about both! In our first event with Julia, she tells us all about being a writer and then gets the audience involved in retelling one of her stories. Our second broadcast was at the Edinburgh Fringe on the topic of Heroes and Villains! In this event, Julia and her helpers perform dramatic versions of three of her picture books: The Singing Mermaid, The Highway Rat and What the Ladybird Heard. Maybe you will be inspired to create a play of one of your favourite picture books after watching this? We've got a great resource for that which you can find here.

Roger McGough & Valerie Bloom

We wanted to let you know about this double act, because their event back in 2014 was all about poetry! Some people could be under the impression that poetry is boring, or only for older children, but as Roger and Valerie had our audience nearly falling off their chairs laughing, this broadcast definitely proves that’s not the case! You can watch along with your class to introduce rhythm, rhyme and word play in a fun way, and build on this with our specially commissioned learning resources.

Oliver Jeffers

We’ve mentioned a few events focused on stories and words, but of course that’s only half of what makes a picture book, and this event is all about the wonderful world of illustration. Oliver Jeffers presents an illustration workshop for wee ones to get involved in, so if you have some budding artists in your class this could be the perfect broadcast for them. Make sure you download the activity sheets too for the kids to make their own Huey! 

Chae Strathie

Chae Strathie

Our event with Chae Strathie was very special indeed. We all know that children love bedtime stories, so we designed a whole event around that theme to celebrate Bookbug Week in 2015. Our studio audience from St John Paul II Primary came along in their pyjamas and found Chae fast asleep! Thankfully, he soon woke up and treated them to a fantastic session full of great stories. Why not organise your own bedtime stories event around this broadcast? 

So there you have it, 5 brilliant broadcasts for lower primary classes to enjoy, covering stories from every angle. If you want to discover what other broadcasts are hiding in our Watch on Demand Library, stay tuned for our future blog posts or explore what we have on offer for yourself.

If you would like to experience the extra excitement of tuning in live to Authors Live, why not sign up for our upcoming broadcast for P1-3 featuring Kes Gray? We are sure your pupils will love it!