Scholastic Schools Live: Virtual reading events for Scholastic schools

Celebrate reading with your favourite authors and illustrators! Join us for a new 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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SSL Winter 23 Liz Pichon

Festive Doodling with Liz Pichon and Tom Gates

Friday 1st December, 11AM

It’s the first of December and time to get festive! Join Liz Pichon to talk all things Tom Gates, her new book FIVE STAR STORIES plus some very special seasonal doodles!


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SSL Winter 23 Thiago de Moraes

Festive Live Drawing with Thiago de Moraes

Monday 4th December, 11AM

Want to see Boudicca eating her Christmas dinner? Or Julius Caesar making mince pies? Then join author and illustrator Thiago de Moraes for this fun, interactive live drawing session. You will also learn about Thiago’s latest book, DISCOVERY ATLAS.


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SSL Winter 23 Stocking Thrillers

SECONDARY SCHOOLS | Stocking Thrillers: How to Create a Mystery

Tuesday 5th December, 2PM

What makes a good mystery? Learn from the very best in this session dedicated to YA thriller writing. Sarah Naughton, author of YOU BETTER WATCH OUT, and Aleema Omotoni, author of EVERYONE’S THINKING IT, will discuss how to keep readers on the edge of their seats.


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SSL Winter 23 Sarah Horne

The Firefly’s Light – Nature Facts and Draw Along with Sarah Horne

Wednesday 6th December, 11AM

Ever wondered how fireflies light up the sky? Join Sarah Horne, author and illustrator of The Firefly’s Light, to find out about biomimicry – how humans have been inspired by observing the amazing innovations of the natural world. Sarah will be doing a nature-inspired draw along so make sure to bring pencils and paper!


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SSL Winter 23 Vashti Hardy

Storytime and Draw Along at Santa’s Marvellous Mechanical Workshop!

Thursday 7th December, 11AM

Join Vashti Hardy and Katie Cottle, creators of the brand-new festive picture book Santa’s Marvellous Mechanical Workshop, for some Christmas fun! Be transported to Santa’s workshop in this special story time and draw along session and find out how the power of your imagination can make Christmas extra magical – and learn how to draw your own Elfbot!


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SSL Winter 23 Emer Stamp

Winter Doodling Fun with Emer Stamp!

Friday 8th December, 11AM

Join Emer Stamp, author of THE UNBELIEVABLE TOP SECRET DIARY OF PIG, for some doodling fun! Meet Pig and read his extraordinary diary, in the brand-new colour edition of the hilarious series! Learn how to draw the unforgettable farmyard characters in the book and find out how Emer’s struggles with writing at school somehow led to her career as…a writer!

PIG: THE SUPER AMAZING DIARY OF PIG is out now in colour!


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SSL Winter 23 Michael Foreman

The Snowman and the Robin by Michael Foreman, OBE

Monday 11th December, 11AM

This Christmas, join national treasure, Michael Foreman OBE, for a wintery tale of wonder and wisdom. Beloved author and illustrator, Michael Foreman will be reading from his new book, The Snowman and the Robin, about a snowman exploring the streets of London at night guided by his robin friend. Dedicated to his friend, Raymond Briggs, this new wintertime classic features gorgeously painted cityscapes that capture the magic of London at night from the snowy guards at Buckingham Palace to the dazzling Christmas lights in Piccadilly Circus. Michael will be sharing early sketches and how the characters evolved over the course of creating the book.

Michael will also be looking at some of his favourite snowmen and other delightfully festive characters that have inspired him, and many other literary works, over the years. After all, who doesn’t love a snowman? They are short-lived, but timeless.


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SSL Geri Halliwell-Horner

Join Geri Halliwell-Horner for an empowering adventure and competition

Monday 11th December, 2PM

It’s time to find your power with iconic Spice Girl and gripping children’s author Geri Halliwell-Horner.

Join Geri to get inspired by Rosie Frost and the Falcon Queen, her story filled with empowerment, adventure, history and a new kind of hero. “A brilliant read, so inventive and exciting” Jacqueline Wilson

When Rosie Frost is sent to Bloodstone Island—home to a school for extraordinary children and a sanctuary for endangered species – she must navigate friendships, secrets, danger and the mysterious Falcon Queen Games…

Find out about The Falcon Queen Rules and enter our competition to create your own Rule for life!

Free cross-curricular teaching resources show how the themes of history, nature and adventure can be used in the classroom.

Please note, this is a previously recorded event, originally broadcast in October 2023.


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SSL Winter 23 Anika Hussain

How Well Do You Know Your Norse Mythology? With Anika Hussain

Tuesday 12th December, 11AM

Test out your Norse folktale knowledge in this fun, interactive quiz! Hosted by Anika Hussain, author of Norse Folktales, Myths and Legends, learn about Scandinavian lore, from the legends of Loki and Thor to lesser-known stories. Prepare yourself to be whisked away to Scandinavia this winter!


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SSL Winter 23 Lisa Thompson

A Festive Treasure Hunt with Lisa Thompson, Author of The Treasure Hunt

Wednesday 13th December, 11AM

Join acclaimed author Lisa Thompson for a session dedicated to her new novel, THE TREASURE HUNTERS, with a special festive spin! Tune in for live reading, interactive activity and top writing tips


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SSL Winter 23 Fiona Barker

Winter Fun with Fiona Barker

Thursday 14th December, 11AM

Re-visit a winter favourite in this special pre-recorded session. 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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SSL Winter 23 Stephen Mangan

The Great Reindeer Rescue with Stephen Mangan and Anita Mangan

Friday 15th December, 11AM

Celebrate the brand new silly festive adventure from brother-sister duo Stephen Mangan and Anita Mangan. In this session you’ll hear about the story of The Great Reindeer Rescue and find out what it’s like to work with your sibling. Expect lots of laughs, storytelling and live drawing,


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SSL Winter 23 Julia and Axel

Festive Fun with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Monday 18th December, 11AM

Join the UK’s number one picture book pair Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler for a show filled with stories and drawing. Look out for TABBY MCTAT, the purr-fect heartwarming adventure that will also be an animated film on BBC One and BBC iplayer at Christmas!


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