Discovering Children’s Books: Creative Campaigns

From British Library

Resource type: Projects and programmes

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2

Region(s): All of UK

Every term, the team from Discovering Children’s Books runs a creative book-making project designed to spark a love of reading, writing and drawing in young people. Each project comes with free online resources and videos, as well as live events with top children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers.

The project for Spring Term 2023 is Cook Up Your Own Fairy Tale. The project explores the many different ingredients that go into making a fairy tale and encourages children and young people to put on their fairy tale chef’s hat and ‘cook up’ their own version.


  • The project runs from 25th January to 28th March 2023.
  • Sign up for the free twilight CPD event on 25th January with Michael Rosen, Mara the Storyteller and teacher Matt Towler exploring traditional tales and fairy stories.
  • Take part in a free, live-streamed workshop on February 8th at 11.00am when Michael Rosen and Viviane Schwartz will provide inspiration and tips to help your pupils plan their own tales.

Cost: Access to all the online resources on the Discovering Children’s Books website is free, but please read the Access and Reuse Guidance Notes provided on the website.

About the British Library: The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. Its collection holds over 170 million artefacts from every age of written civilisation, with around three million new printed and digital publications added to the archive every year.

Further resources:

  • Enter the Cook up Your Own Fairy Tales competition by 5pm on 28th March for the chance to win £50 of book tokens for your school. To enter, share photos of your pupils’ work on Twitter tagging @BL_Learning, or via email –  [email protected]
  • Find more creative projects and activities for children and young people on the Discovering Children’s Books website.
  • Join the Story Seekers in their mission to collect and share stories from around the world. The Story Seekers is a free oracy and creative literacy project for pupils aged 6-11 created by the National Theatre and the Unicorn Theatre in partnership with CLPE. The six-week project will run each term of the academic year 2022/23. Sign up by February 10th for this Spring Term.
  • Discover more resources to support storytelling on the National Storytelling Week entry of the Literacy Year calendar.

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