Bitesize Daily Book Club: It's all about the reader

Home learning focus

Using the books Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, A Pocketful of Stars and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, you will reflect on how the books are read by the celebrity readers.

This lesson includes:

  • three videos of the extracts being read

  • a video about how to illustrate books

  • two activities


Over the last few weeks you have looked at eleven different books and we hope you have had great fun reading them all.

We have chosen some of our favourite extracts for you to enjoy again.

The lesson is going to focus on extracts from three different books that we have looked at. Have a look at the plot summaries to remind yourself of the books.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is written in the first person and is narrated by Percy Jackson, a twelve-year old boy diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. While on a school trip to a museum, strange things begin to happen, and Percy learns that he is a demigod - the son of a human and a Greek god.

Safiya loves playing video games. She and her mum do not see eye-to-eye, especially since her parents have split up. When her mum falls into a coma and Safiya sits by her bedside, she finds herself in an alternative world that looks a bit like one of her games.

The story is set in early 19th-century England. A large number of wolves have migrated from Europe and Russia and are terrorising the people in rural England. The second extract introduces some of the main characters including Sir Willoughby, his young daughter Bonnie and her new governess Miss Slighcarp, who is working with a network of criminals, forgers and snitches to carry out a terrible plan.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Published by Puffin Books.
A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby. Published by Egmont.
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken. Published by Puffin Books.

Watch each of the following extracts and think about how each of the readers brings the books to life.

Watch Stephen Fry read an extract from 'Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief' by Rick Riordan.

Watch Becky Lynch read an extract from 'A Pocketful of Stars' by Aisha Bushby.

Watch YolanDa Brown read an extract from 'The Wolves of Willoughby Chase' by Joan Aiken.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

You are going to give an award to each of the readers to recognise the great job they did in bringing the books to life.

Write a short paragraph to accompany each of the awards explaining what the award is for and why.

Here are some example sentence frames to help you:

  • The award for best reading goes to ... because ...

  • The award for most believable reading goes to ... because ...

  • The award for best accents goes to ... because ...

  • The award for most realistic reading goes to ... because ...

  • The award for most empowering reading goes to ... because ...

Activity 2

Let's get creative!

Become a book illustrator! Watch the video from the Summer Reading Challenge and have a go at drawing your own 'silly' characters.

Make your own silly character. Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020. Video courtesy Summer Reading Challenge.

Want to read more?

Over the summer, why not take part in the Summer Reading Challenge?

Remember, reading is really good for you and it is lots of fun too!

Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020.

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