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05 August 2022

Gadgeteers_ Digital participation updates

Download the digital participation data for your library authority for Gadgeteers, Summer Reading Challenge 2022. Please read the guidance notes for more information on how to access your data: https://readingagency.org.uk/resources/6031/ Please email sophie.field@readingagency.org.uk if you have any problems downloading the document and accessing...

05 August 2022

The Reading Agency's August Booklist for Adults - Escape with a Book

Summer is a time when some go on travels, so we have selected the perfect books that can transport a reader somewhere else even if they’re not going away. On the list we have a fantasy book based on African...

04 August 2022

Five Minutes Peace downloadable storytelling tips

Parents everywhere will understand the plight of poor Mrs Large. All she wants is five minutes’ peace and quiet away from her boisterous children! So, taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes...

04 August 2022

Latest opportunities from our publisher partners for schools and libraries - author visits, free sets of books and POS packs!

If you have a reading group with children or work in a school or library – we have some fantastic opportunities for you! We have free author visits for the autumn, 100s of books for children and young people reading...

04 August 2022

Five Minutes Peace downloadable activity sheets

Parents everywhere will understand the plight of poor Mrs Large. All she wants is five minutes’ peace and quiet away from her boisterous children! So, taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes...

03 August 2022

How to upload DofE Opportunity Finder Listings (for libraries participating in Gadgeteers)

The Reading Agency is a Duke of Edinburgh Award Approved Activity Provider. This means libraries participating in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge can list their Summer Reading Challenge volunteering opportunities on the Duke of Edinburgh Award website. Libraries can download this...

03 August 2022

WELSH Gadgeteers Colouring In Sheet

Download this fun Gadgeteers colouring in sheet! Please note, this is a Welsh-language version of this resource. See the link below for the English-language version. Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge...

29 July 2022

bsmall's Young Language Learner Competition

Open to young linguists aged 6-11, the b small Young Language Learner Award 2022 aims to support and encourage language learning through story-writing. Created by independent children’s publisher b small publishing, this popular award has previously run in 2014...

29 July 2022

The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith Activity Resource

This resource accompanies the puzzle-packed epic adventure The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith by Loris Owen, the first book in her middle grade series. You’ll find: chapter-by-chapter lesson material, discussion prompts, activity suggestions and a fun quiz at the end! The...

21 July 2022

Gadgeteers Area Cards

Produced in partnership with Science Museum Group. Download and share these fun Area Cards to learn more about the role of science and innovation in our Gadgeteers’ 6 main interest areas: Food, Fashion, Entertainment, Sport, Music, Environment. Each card is...

19 July 2022

Reading Friends Volunteer Toolkit

Taken from section 5 of the Project Toolkit, this section is focused on Reading Befrienders who may be volunteers or staff. It details the specific support for the volunteer journey: Recruiting, Managing and Supporting volunteers. [Supporting the NCVO session 20...

19 July 2022

StoryTrails x Summer Reading Challenge Activity Pack (Welsh)

This is the Welsh version of the Activity pack created for the 15 libraries taking part in StoryTrails. You can see the Welsh nationwide version here StoryTrails is a unique, immersive storytelling experience. It aims to allow local people to...

19 July 2022

Summer Reading Challenge x StoryTrails (15 libraries)

This Activity Pack is for the 15 libraries taking part in StoryTrails. You can find a nationwide version of this Activity Pack here. StoryTrails is a unique, immersive storytelling experience. It aims to allow local people to experience their town in...

19 July 2022

'PESTS' Teaching Resources

In this resource pack for KS2 Teachers, you will find a range of activities for subjects including creative writing, drama, art, design & technology, and PSHE, linking to the three books in the PESTS series. About the Books When the lights...

19 July 2022

'PESTS' Activity Trail

Create an adventure in your own back garden this summer with this Activity Trail pack. Print out the PESTS, hide them wherever you want and see who can find the most of them. About the Book Meet Stix, the tiny but...

19 July 2022

'PESTS' Activity Pack

Create your own PEST party, test your knowledge and draw your dream pizza with this activity pack celebrating the must-read, madcap new series from the creator of ‘Diary of Pig’. About the Book Meet Stix, the tiny but heroic mouse who might...

19 July 2022

'The Dragon in the Bookshop' Teachers' Notes

Use these Teachers’ Notes for ‘The Dragon in the Bookshop’ to help guide conversation in your classroom about the book and further discuss the themes. About the Book The Dragon in the Bookshopby Ewa Jozefkowicz An old Polish city fizzes with fear. The...

19 July 2022

'How to Catch a Rainbow' Teachers Notes

Explore the themes of ‘How to Catch a Rainbow’ with your Year One, Reception or Early Years class with these Teachers Notes from Oxford Children’s Books. Includes activities for whole class and smaller groups, all linked to the National Curriculum. About...

19 July 2022

'How to Catch a Rainbow' Activity Sheets

Explore all the colours of the rainbow with this activity sheet and colouring in sheet. About the Book Freya loves rainbows. She loves their bright colours and their curvy shape. More than anything, she wishes she has one of her very own....

19 July 2022

'Bee Active' Activity Pack

Helping our planet can feel overwhelming at times, but every little action really does count, especially when lots of people join in. Just look at the busy bees and other pollinators for proof of what can be achieved. Together, these...

19 July 2022

Roy of the Rovers Virtual Assembly

To kick off your summer, Rebellion Publishing and award-winning Children’s book author Tom Palmer invite you to join them in a fun and free assembly celebrating the fantastic football book series, Roy of the Rovers! With the series now spanning sixteen...

17 July 2022

Big Bright Feelings series by Tom Percival - digital pack

Bloomsbury Children’s Books has created an activity pack to promote Tom Percival’s Big Bright Feelings series, including the latest title, Milo’s Monster! Tom Percival’s Big Bright Feelings series is the perfect springboard for talking about mental and emotional health, positive self-image,...

16 July 2022

Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids Library Event Pack

Fizzing with rhythm, energy and laughter, the 30 poems in Ready for Spaghetti delight in the details of children’s daily routines. Full of affectionate observations of young children, which are beautifully continued in Polly Dunbar’s warm-hearted pictures, Michael Rosen’s poems...

15 July 2022

The Reading Agency's July Booklist for Adults - Friendship

To mark World Friendship Day, also known as International Day of Friendship which takes place on 30 July this year, we have compiled a booklist focusing specifically on books written about friendship. Tell us what you think about these books or...

15 July 2022

The Reading Agency's September Booklist for Children and Young People - Back to School

For many children and young people, September marks the start of the new school year, a time that can be both exciting and daunting. We have created a booklist for all children, from nursey school age through to secondary students,...

15 July 2022

The Reading Agency's September Booklist for Adults - International Translation Day

Every 30 September, English PEN hosts a programme of talks, workshops and networking opportunities for literary translators, in celebration of International Translation Day. To help you celebrate the best in translated fiction and international authors, we have created a booklist...

15 July 2022

The Reading Agency's August Booklist for Children & Young People - Escape with a Book

As lots of people head off on their holidays, we selected books that can transport a reader somewhere else even if they’re not going away. From picking up plastic pollution on a Caribbean Island to rural Ireland to Memphis, we...

15 July 2022

UKRAINIAN Gadgeteers: Children's Certificate

Download this Ukrainian certificate to reward children taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2022, Gadgeteers! Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2022. Libraries should contact their local Summer Reading Challenge...

15 July 2022

UKRAINIAN Gadgeteers: Invitation

Download this printable invitation for the Summer Reading Challenge 2022! Please note: the front and back of the invitation are supplied as separate PDFs within the folder. There are English, Northern Irish, Scottish, and Welsh versions of this resource available via the...

15 July 2022

Gadgeteers: Printable A4 Poster (Ukrainian)

Download and print this A4 poster and spread the word about Gadgeteers, Summer Reading Challenge 2022! All illustrations are by Julian Beresford and © The Reading Agency 2022.