It is not often that we recommend websites but we have decided to feature an exceptional one, Lovemybooks, as it has a link with Early Years and KS1. The site’s patrons are also some of the best-known children’s authors including Michael Rosen, David Almond, SF Said, Mini Grey and freelance writer and researcher on education, Myra Barrs.
Lovemybooks was created by Sue Ellis and Sue McGonigle, tutors at the UCL Institute of Education, and Olivia O’Sullivan. All three were all formerly the senior education team at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). Lovemybooks is full of ideas for creative story play, activities and resources linked to carefully selected picturebooks. The site is aimed at both parents and Early Years and KS1 Teachers.
The resources identified on the site will enable parents to share and enjoy books with their children, fostering a love of reading. Early Years and KS1 Teachers and students might also find the themed book selections, activities, ideas and resources of particular interest and schools looking for innovative ways to promote and support reading for pleasure, develop home-school reading and partnerships with parents are likely to find this website valuable.
The team, who have considerable experience of leading a national centre for primary literacy and learning, developing transformational reading projects and working closely with parents and teachers, have drawn on their experience as literacy specialists to create the website and materials. Some of you may remember Sue McGonigle worked closely with our Curriculum Resources Librarian, Sally Perry, on developing the Newsam Library’s Children’s Book Corner last year.
Lovemybooks allows you to search for books and ideas by age group and by themes which include space and aliens, dinosaurs and toys. In addition, there is an ‘Our Top Ten’ area with selections of new books, apps, alphabet books and more. General information and advice on becoming a reader and reading with your child is also included. Lovemybooks will also send out newsletters so do sign up on the site if you are interested in receiving updates – and also follow Lovemybooks on Facebook and Twitter!