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Free activity sheets from Hannah Shaw, Shel Silverstein and David Melling

Posted on | July 27, 2011 | 2 Comments

Here’s the next batch of free activity sheets from children’s book authors and illustrators! Happy creating, colouring and doodling!

Hannah Shaw has written 14 books, both picture books and chapter books, including the brilliant Great Hamster Massacre and School for Bandits (which I reviewed here). You can find out more about her and her work in my interview with her here.

Hannah’s website has plenty of excuses for getting the pens, pencils and scissors out including…

  • Designing a sheep!
  • Making a sandwich fit for a hungry squirrel

  • David Melling has illustrated over 60 books including Good Knight Sleep Tight and The Kiss that Missed.

    David Melling has created a really handy activity pack full of fun things to do including creating your own goblin family, designing and making your own shield and plenty of colouring in opportunities! He’s also got a useful Teaching Guide to his books which contains even more ideas for getting up to crafty fun.


    Shel Silverstein was an American poet, cartoonist, singer-songwriter (he wrote A Boy named Sue, made famous by Johnny Cash) and more. He’s well known in the US, although his famous children’ book The Giving Tree is widely loathed as much as it is loved.

    On Shel Silverstein’s website there’s…

  • A 20 page booklet of activities to go with Cuttin’ Kate and an 8 page poetry kit packed fun including word searches and rhyming games.
  • a number of online games and downloads

  • Once again, these activity sheets are great if you’ve read the books in question, but many also work well if you’ve not seen the book so don’t be put off from clicking on through if you’re not familiar with the author/illustrator in question. It’s a great chance to discover someone new to enjoy :-)

    Thanks to The Book Chook for alerting me to Shel Silverstein’s activity pages.

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    2 Responses to “Free activity sheets from Hannah Shaw, Shel Silverstein and David Melling”

    1. maggy, red ted art
      July 27th, 2011 @ 9:22 am

      I can’t make the David Melling link work?

      Thank you again for a lovely round up – we have the Giving Tree and we can’t work out whether we like it or not! But we do read it… a reasonable amount.. so maybe we do?

      Maggy

    2. Zoe
      July 27th, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

      Hi Maggy, the first david melling link is a zip file and the second is a pdf. I’ve just opened them both fine from this page… You could also try via his homepage http://www.davidmelling.co.uk/

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