Children’s author Nick Sharratt to host digital family day on Zoom

Children’s author and illustrator Nick Sharratt will host a digital family day on Zoom for grown-ups and children bringing stories to life through play, reading and singing.

The Hungry Little Minds digital family day was organised by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with the Foundation Years Trust (FYT) to encourage families to have fun while learning.

This digital family day will be introduced and headed by Nick and popular book The Whales on the Bus, written by Katrina Charman, which he illustrated, will be used as a recurring theme throughout the day.

In Wirral, Jemma Hardy from FYT will be making her very own homemade animal book and showing you how to create your own special book at home.

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She will also be chatting about the amazing benefits it can have on children’s early literacy, by helping them become their very own author and illustrator.

By bringing their stories to life, homemade books can capture children’s imagination and interests and spark a lifelong love of books from an early age.

The digital family day is art of the Hungry Little Minds campaign which is funded by the Department for Education and supported by the National Literacy Trust.

This campaign provides families of children under five with lots of simple and fun activities to easily slot into their daily routines whilst building their child’s speech and language skills at home.

When is the digital fun day?

The session will be going live via Zoom from 10am to 12.30pm on Wednesday, February 3.

It is primarily aimed at parents, carers and early years’ settings for children aged 0-5.

However, the invite is extended to all families who are welcome to dip in and out of the activities.

All activities will be based on the themes of chat, play, read and sing and are designed for parents and carers to be able to follow along in the comfort of their own home.

Ella Burns, senior project manager at the National Literacy Trust, said: “We are really looking forward to hosting this exciting day of interactive family fun, coming to you from all areas of the country.

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“From a draw-a-long with Nick Sharratt to singing, stories and messy play, there should be something for everyone with young children to enjoy.”

Anna-Louise Van Der Merwe, Trust Director at Foundation Years Trust, said: “We are so pleased to have Foundation Years Trust presenting at the Hungry Little Minds family day.

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“We are really missing the face-to-face contact with our families and it’s great to be able to provide a morning of fun for parents and their children to join in with together. I’d encourage everyone who has their young children at home to log in and play along with us.”

A full schedule of the digital family day will be available on the National Literacy Trust’s Facebook page, but for now all families, carers and early years’ settings who would like to join the session can email for more information.

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