Puffin launches online activities in response to school closure

Puffin launches online activities in response to school closure

Puffin has launched a series of online activities for children, in response to the national closure of schools.

The company, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, has programmed initiatives including daily storytelling, a podcast series and a teenagers virtual bookclub.

Puffin m.d. Francesca Dow (pictured) said: "Never have stories and the power of the imagination been so important, than in this time of enforced isolation.

"A book, a story, can help children escape their kitchen or their bedroom and explore new worlds of adventure, make them laugh, introduce them to new friends, learn about the world beyond their four walls, during school, bookshop and library closures.

"We know how much joy reading can bring and that’s why Puffin will do everything to ensure that children have all they need during this time to continue in their discovery and love and sharing of books, and to dream big."

Puffin has also launched a series of home-learning resources, in partnership with BBC Bitesized and a seven-day online P Festival of Big Dreams in May.

The festival aims to inspire children, parents and teachers, and will platform a virtual journey through 80 years of Puffin, as part of its anniversary celebrations.

It will host also host a five-day programme of writing workshops, drawing masterclasses and storytime sessions with selected authors and illustrators.