Resources

24 March 2017

Greenpeace Captain by Peter Willcox - an extract

Peter Willcox has been a Captain with Greenpeace for over 30 years, making him the most experienced captain in the organization. An activist for nearly his entire life, beginning by marching in Selma behind Martin Luther King Jr. with his...

24 March 2017

The Dry by Jane Harper - an extract

Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK. She lives in Melbourne and currently writes for the Herald Sun. Jane is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2008....

23 March 2017

Gilded Cage by Dr. Vic James - discussion questions

Vic James is a current affairs TV director who loves stories in all their forms, and Gilded Cage is her debut novel. She as twice judged the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize, has made films for BBC1, BBC2, and Channel...

23 March 2017

Gilded Cage by Dr. Vic James - a prologue

A thrilling Orwellian vision of Britain, with a rebellious Hunger Games heart. Gilded Cage is the astonishing debut novel from Vic James, and the first title in her electrifying The Dark Gifts Trilogy. Britain’s magically-skilled aristocracy compels all commoners to serve them...

23 March 2017

The Novel of the Century by David Bellos - an introduction

The Novel of the Century brings to life the extraordinary story of how Victor Hugo managed to write his novel of the downtrodden despite a revolution, a coup d’état and political exile; how he pulled off the deal of the...

23 March 2017

FAQs for Health Libraries

Frequently Asked Questions for health libraries delivering Reading Well Books on Prescription. Including information on working alongside public libraries, signing up to the Reading Well newsletter, and providing support for health professionals.

21 March 2017

Animal Agents branding and communications toolkit: England

This download includes: Branding Guidelines – please read these guidelines before using the online resources Animal Agents logos (stacked and landscape) Animal Agents clip art Summer Reading Challenge logos Forthcoming: Animal Agents logos (illustrated) Social cards Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in...

21 March 2017

Animal Agents branding and communications toolkit: Wales

This download includes: Branding Guidelines – please read these guidelines before using the online resources Animal Agents logos (stacked and landscape) Animal Agents clip art Summer Reading Challenge logos Forthcoming: Animal Agents logos (illustrated) Bilingual ‘suspect’ clip art Social cards Please note: this is a locked resource for library...

21 March 2017

Animal Agents branding and communications toolkit: Scotland

This download includes: Branding Guidelines – please read these guidelines before using the online resources Animal Agents logos (stacked and landscape) Animal Agents clip art Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland logos Forthcoming: Animal Agents logos (illustrated) Social cards Please note: this is a locked resource for...

17 March 2017

Summer Reading Challenge 2017 online resources guide

Summer Reading Challenge coordinators can download this quick guide to accessing restricted resources to share with libraries taking part in Animal Agents. Please note: Only library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2017 will have access to the password protected...

17 March 2017

Summer Reading Challenge 2017: Newsletter Archive

Think you’ve missed an update from the Summer Reading Challenge team? Follow the links in this useful resource to catch up on our latest mailings. Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the 2017 Summer Reading...

16 March 2017

ITT - Reading Well Books on Prescription 2016-17 evaluation

Invitation to Tender for the evaluation of Reading Well Books on Prescription programme for 2016-17.

14 March 2017

How to run a reading circle

Adapted from article by Angie Simms- NATECLA News, Autumn 2010 and inspired by Oxford Bookworms. With thanks to Jenny Roden. Looking to experiment with your reading group? The reading circle is an exciting new approach which could enhance your reading group...

13 March 2017

Shakespeare Week 2017 Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Here is a special Chatterbooks activity pack for Shakespeare Week 2017 with details of books for young people about Shakespeare, retellings of his plays, ideas for discussion and activities in your Chatterbooks reading group and suggestions for more reading. ...

10 March 2017

Summer Reading Challenge 2017 - Library MOU

We ask all participating authorities to sign up to a Memorandum of Understanding which sets out the respective roles of The Reading Agency and the local authorities for the Summer Reading Challenge. Please note: this is a locked resource for...

10 March 2017

Fathers and Sons by Howard Cunnell - an extract

As a boy growing up on the south coast of England, Howard Cunnell’s sense of self was dominated by his father’s absence. Now, years later, he is a father, and his daughter is becoming his son. Starting with his own...

10 March 2017

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai - discussion questions

Elan Mastai was born in Vancouver and lives in Toronto with his wife and children. He writes movies and his credits include the award-winning script for What If, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. He is currently developing...

10 March 2017

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai - an extract

You know the future that people in the ‘50s imagined? Flying cars, teleportation, jetpacks and moon bases? Well, it happened. And it was just as great as we hoped it would be. It’s 2016 and in Tom’s world, technology has solved...

09 March 2017

S.C.R.E.A.M: The Mummy's Revenge book extract

Read the opening chapter of S.C.R.E.A.M: The Mummy’s Revenge, the latest book from Andrew Beasley Visit the Summer Reading Challenge website and enter our competition for your chance to feature in the next book in the series!

09 March 2017

Uncle Shawn and Bill video extract

A.L. Kennedy reads the opening from her novel Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure, illustrated by Gemma Correll, in which a brave and handsome young badger called Bill meets two extremely dreadful sisters and begins an...

09 March 2017

The Dark Days Club video trailer

Discover the world of The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman… Combining Jane Austen’s high society and Cassandra Clare’s supernatural underworld, Alison Goodman’s Lady Helen trilogy will delight fans of historical fiction and fantasy.

09 March 2017

The Cherry Pie Princess activity sheets

Download these sheets inspired by The Cherry Pie Princess to share with your Chatterbooks group. This bundle includes a drawing activity, short story prompts and more!

03 March 2017

Reading Ahead - National Prize Draw Entry Form for Workplaces

There are prizes to be won! Here is the entry form for the national prize draws for workers 2017-18. To enter, simply download the forms, complete them, then return them to us by Monday 3 July.

02 March 2017

Reading Ahead - National Prize Draw Entry Form for Learning Providers

There are prizes to be won! Here is the entry form for the national prize draws for learning providers 2017-18. To enter, simply download the forms, complete them, then return them to us by Monday 3 July. Good Luck!

02 March 2017

Reading Ahead - National Prize Draw Entry Form for Completers

There are prizes to be won! Here is the the national prize draw entry form for completers 2017-18. To enter, simply download the forms, complete them, then return them to us by Monday 3 July. Good Luck!

02 March 2017

Reading Ahead - National Prize Draw Entry Form for Libraries

There are prizes to be won! Here is the entry form for the national prize draws for public libraries 2017-18. To enter, simply download the forms, complete them, then return them to us by Monday 3 July. Good Luck!

02 March 2017

Reading Ahead - National Prize Draw Entry Form for Prisons and Young Offender Institutions

There are prizes to be won! Here is the entry form for the national prize draws for prisons and young offender institutions 2017-18. To enter, simply download the forms, complete them, then return them to us by Monday 3 July. Good...

01 March 2017

World Book Day 2017 Chatterbooks Activity Pack

This year is very special. It is the 20th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 2nd March 2017 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. In this pack you’ll find lots of ideas for your...

21 February 2017

Help! I'm An Alien activity sheet

Download this fun wordsearch inspired by the hilarious Help! I’m An Alien Series for your Chatterbooks group!

21 February 2017

Rita the Rescuer Activity sheet

Download this Rita the Rescuer colouring sheet to share with your group!