Scholastic Schools Live: Virtual reading events for Scholastic schools

Celebrate reading with your favourite authors and illustrators! Join us for a programme of virtual events for primary schools. Featuring writing workshops, drawalongs and more, there are regular events running for all ages throughout the school term. Read our frequently asked questions.

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Be a Reading Superhero with Jamar Nicholas!

Friday 25th November, 11am

Join graphic novelist Jamar Nicholas for a fun pre-recorded session inspired by his new graphic novel Leon the Extraordinary! Leon is an ordinary kid who becomes extraordinary when he fights a supervillain to save his school! In the city where Leon lives, superheroes – and supervillains – are commonplace. So how does an ordinary kid like Leon, who has no superpowers himself, become the superhero he wants to be?

Jamar Nicholas is an award-winning, Philadelphia-based artist and educator, dedicating his areer to helping young people realize the power of visual narrative. Jamar aims to bring awareness to anti-bullying, healing, and positive images of people of colour with the idea that everyone can be a hero.


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Billy Goats and Trolls with Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett

Tuesday 29th November, 2pm

Join the acclaimed writing and illustrating duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. Mac and Jon are the team behind books including the Shape picture book trilogy, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, and more. Now is your chance to hear more about their creative process, and all about their new book The Three Billy Goats Gruff. In this first book in a new series of fairy tale rewrites, the goats and the troll are getting a hilarious and creative twist on their original story!


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Scholastic’s Winter Reading Festival

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Festive Doodling with Liz Pichon and Tom Gates

Thursday 1st December, 11AM

It’s the first of December and time to get festive! Join Liz Pichon to talk all things Tom Gates, including her new book Happy to Help and her Tom Gates mini book advent calendar. Plus, some very special seasonal doodles!

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Winter Fun with Fiona Barker!

Friday 2nd December, 2PM

Join Fiona Barker for some wintery fun in this session inspired by her new picture book I Definitely Don’t Like Winter! Read along in this laugh-out-loud story about two squirrel friends and then learn how to draw Hoog, one of the characters in the book!

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Laugh Out Loud Christmas with Lucy Rowland

Monday 5th December, 11AM

Join Lucy Rowland for some Christmas giggles in this pre-recorded session inspired by her latest book, We Wish You A Smelly Christmas! With jingle bells and whiffy smells, We Wish You A Smelly Christmas is a picture book full of festive fun, and it’s illustrated by Chris Jevons.

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Elftastic Fun with Steven Butler

Tuesday 6th December, 11AM

Join Steven Butler for an elftastic event! We hope you’re feeling festive, because Steven is here to introduce you to Gristle P. Humbug and his family, on a mission to save Christmas. Learn about the Humbug’s life in the North Pole, the Reindeer Poo Disposal department, the magic of mince pies, and how to appreciate the people who really make Christmas magical.

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Ketchup on your Unicorn! Festive Fun with Nick Sharratt

Wednesday 7th December, 11AM

Join bestselling author-illustrator Nick Sharratt for a session full of silliness and laughter. Nick will be sharing his latest books Unicorn Moonicorn and Super Silly Museums as well as the festive favourite, Ketchup on your Reindeer. He’ll be playing games and drawing too, so make sure you have your pencils and paper ready so you can join in!

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How to be an amazing storyteller with Bali Rai

Thursday 8th December, 11AM

Do you have what it takes to be an amazing story writer? Would you like to be a published author one day? Join us for an interactive Q&A with acclaimed author Bali Rai all about creating stories. This session will reference Bali’s contribution to the recent collection Bedtime Stories: Amazing Asian Tales from the Past.

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Christmas Storybook Workshop with Linas Alsenas

Friday 9th December, 11AM

Join Linas Alsenas, author-illustrator of Mrs Claus Takes A Vacation, for a fun Christmas storybook workshop! Linas will show students how they can make their own festive picture books just like Mrs Claus Takes A Vacation!

Linas Alsenas is an award-winning creator of children’s books. His 20-year children’s books career includes editorial positions at Abrams and Walker Books, and today he is Executive Editor at Scholastic.

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All About Hanukkah with Rabbi Shoshana Boyd

Monday 12th December, 2PM

Learn all about Hanukkah with Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand! Find out about the story of Hanukkah and how people around the world celebrate it. Shoshana is the author of All About Hanukkah: Things to Make and Do and is an ordained Rabbi who works intensively in the world of interfaith relations. She is also the author of The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales.

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Football Fun with Dan Freedman, Author of the Jamie Johnson Series

Tuesday 13th December, 2PM

Calling all football fans! Join Dan Freedman, author of the Jamie Johnson series, for half an hour of football fun to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the publication of the first Jamie Johnson novel. Learn all about how Dan wrote the best-selling Jamie Johnson series, for which brand new editions of the whole series of books have just been released.

Dan Freedman is one of the UK’s leading football fiction writers. Having worked at the top level of football – writing for the FA, the Premier League and attending two World Cups – he combines his work in the game with writing his popular series of Jamie Johnson football novels.

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Festive Fun with Julia Donaldson and Friends

Wednesday 14th December, 11AM

Join the UK’s number one picture book pair Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, and dazzling rising star Victoria Sandøy for a show filled with stories and drawing. Find out about a very special Christmas tree in THE CHRISTMAS PINE and meet THE SMEDS AND THE SMOOS in an alien adventure that will also be an animated film on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at Christmas!

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