National Literacy Trust Author of the week

Super authors Greg James and Chris Smith team up with National Literacy Trust to launch first in new series of weekly author exclusives

Children’s authors Greg James and Chris Smith have teamed up with the National Literacy Trust to launch a new ‘Author of the Week’ series of exclusive videos, activities and free digital books for children. The series will be hosted on the charity’s new Family Zone website [], which was launched to support families during school closures.

In an exclusive video, Greg James and Chris Smith have set children a challenge to write their own superhero story, based on the duo’s brand new book, Kid Normal and the Final Five: Kid Normal 4 (Bloomsbury Children’s Books).

Children and families can access the video and engaging reading activities, thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing, as well as a free audiobook of Kid Normal (the first book in the series) thanks to Audible, from today on Family Zone.

Kicking-off with Greg James and Chris Smith, the National Literacy Trust’s new ‘Author of the week’ series will spotlight different well-loved authors every week through exclusive videos, activities and free ebooks and audiobooks to help families discover new stories together.

Developed in partnership with publishers, authors and illustrators who have been supporting children to continue to read and share stories whilst at home, the series will feature celebrated names, including internationally-acclaimed illustrator Axel Scheffler and award-winning author Katherine Rundell.

Greg James and Chris Smith, award-winning authors and broadcasters, said: “We’re delighted to be stepping in as everyone’s temporary teachers. Sit up straight! Stop humming! Spit that gum into the bin! We’ve put a little activity together that will hopefully get everyone’s imaginations buzzing and take some of the pressure off any slightly stressed parents out there.”

Family Zone is a free website launched last month by the National Literacy Trust in response to school closures across the UK. It provides parents with a comprehensive range of ideas and guidance for activities that will engage children at home, whilst also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.

Families can also access reading and writing activities, book lists, videos, audiobooks, competitions and reading challenges, curated for early years to early teens, with new activities and resources being added regularly.

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