BookTrust Cymru HomeTime

Published on: 27 April 2020

We have launched a new digital hub to help entertain children and families at home and share books, stories and rhymes from some of Wales's favourite writers, illustrators and storytellers.

Parent and child art at home by Hannah Shaw

BookTrust Cymru HomeTime – AmserGartref BookTrust Cymru includes filmed book readings, rhyme and song sessions, interactive picture books and much more. Authors, illustrators and storytellers from across Wales are contributing their work to help children and families through this difficult time when our schools are closed and normal life is restricted.

BookTrust Cymru HomeTime will shine a light on some of the great talent that we have in Wales and share high quality content in both Welsh and English.

Highlights so far include the Children's Laureate for Wales, Eloise Williams, reading her book Elen's Island chapter by chapter; traditional tales told by storyteller Michael Harvey; 'how to draw' sessions from illustrator Huw Aaron; and Elin Meek reading her Welsh adaptation of Roald Dahl's Billy and the Minpins.

You can find listings of regular activities online, including rhyme time and story time sessions run by local libraries, writing challenges from authors and information about where to find great ideas online to enjoy books, stories and rhymes.

Helen Wales, Head of BookTrust Cymru said:

"Families across the country are adjusting to a temporary new way of living and BookTrust are here to support and build morale in the best way we know how – having fun with books, stories and rhymes! We're really proud to be hosting this free content hub to share resources, ideas and activities from some of Wales's amazing writers, illustrators and storytellers.
There's such a wealth of talent in Wales, in both Welsh and English, and we hope BookTrust Cymru HomeTime will help many more children discover a new favourite."

Eloise Williams, Children's Laureate for Wales said:

"Stories give us magic and hope. A laugh or a lift in a time of crisis. An increased sense of empathy and understanding of other's lives. I'm contributing to BookTrust HomeTime because now, more than ever, we need that feeling of togetherness which stories bring."

Follow what's happening on social media by using #BookTrustHomeTime and #AmserGartrefBookTrust.

BookTrust Cymru HomeTime

Looking for something fun as a family? We have stories to enjoy, rhymes and songs to share, and fun games and activities from some great authors, illustrators and storytellers from Wales.

Take a look