Resources

22 February 2018

The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant - The Great Library Orienteering Challenge and competition

The Children of Castle Rock ‘There would be at least two betrayals, a few lies and a couple of near-death experiences before they could really call themselves friends’ Alice Mistlethwaite has been packed off to an unusual boarding school in Scotland. Everyone...

29 January 2018

Fundraising for Young People's Projects

This guide is full of ideas and advice for generating funds for one-off projects and events. It can be used by young people or library staff.

29 January 2018

Setting up a youth volunteering offer

A guide to starting a youth volunteering offer from scratch, either during the Summer Reading Challenge or year-round. This pack will be useful to libraries that want to start working with young volunteers in a sustainable way. This pack covers the...

19 December 2017

Recruitment pack for summer volunteering

Resources to support libraries recruiting young volunteers for the summer holidays and year-round. This pack includes: an advocacy card to share with schools, an advocacy card to share with key stakeholders and across the library service a volunteer recruitment guide, a Reading Hack...

11 October 2017

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club - Host a Polar Bear Explorers' Book Club

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club is a gorgeously imaginative and snowy middle grade fantasy adventure combining the magic of Peter Pan, the chaos of A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the thrilling icy adventure of Northern...

09 October 2017

The Wonderling - Discussion guide

The Wonderling In this extraordinary debut novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartók tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks...

09 October 2017

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero - Teachers' guide

The Dollmaker of Krakow A timeless fantasy set in the Second World War that weaves together magic, folklore and history, perfect for fans of The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goodnight Mister Tom. One night a little...

10 September 2017

Dragon's Green - Teacher Resource

Dragon’s Green Dragon’s Green is the first book in the Worldquake sequence, a trilogy of books all about magic and adventure! In Dragon’s Green, Effie and her friends seem to be normal schoolchildren but when they discover their hidden Otherworld...

06 September 2017

Poetry Chatterbooks Activity Pack 2017

To celebrate National Poetry Day on 28 September, we’ve collaborated with the Forward Arts Foundation to create a new Poetry Chatterbooks Activity Pack. National Poetry Day is an initiative of the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates excellence in...

04 September 2017

Royal Society Young People's Book Prize Chatterbooks Pack

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize aims to inspire young people to read about science and promotes the writing of excellent, accessible books for under-14s. We have created a Chatterbooks Pack featuring this year’s shortlisted titles. There are plenty...

23 August 2017

Keeping Young People Engaged

A guide to keeping young people involved in the library after summer volunteering

03 July 2017

Animal Agents Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Here is a Chatterbooks activity pack to accompany this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Animal Agents. It features some of the fabulous books in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge collection.

01 June 2017

Chris Riddell Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Chris Riddell is a prolific author and illustrator whose huge range of award winning work covers picture books and fiction for older children. He was appointed Children’s Laureate for the period of 2015-2017. Find out more about Chris and his...

24 May 2017

Health Professional Template Letter

A template letter library staff can send to health professionals to establish partnerships to deliver any of the four schemes.

24 May 2017

Reading Well Books on Prescription - Library Staff Handbook

A practical handbook for library staff covering all the Reading Well schemes.

15 May 2017

Volunteering Resources: Wales

Welsh translations of our most popular resources, including: a volunteering guide for young people, an empty belly poster, a volunteering certificate, publicity postcards advocacy card on the benefits of volunteering

04 May 2017

Coding Skills Chatterbooks Activity Pack

This Chatterbooks activity pack highlights four great titles including a series package of four books about coding from our Children’s Reading Partners publisher partner QED Publishing, written by computer expert Max Wainewright.

13 April 2017

Developing volunteering roles for young people

A guide to creating volunteer roles with young people, plus role descriptions to adapt for summer volunteers; year-round volunteers; older or more experienced volunteers and volunteers who can’t get to the library easily.

13 April 2017

Young Volunteer Training Pack

Resources to support libraries in training young volunteers during the Summer Reading Challenge and year-round. This pack includes: a training presentation for young people, a training guide for library staff, a guide to using www.readinghack.org.uk a volunteering guide for young people, a sample volunteer agreement form

06 April 2017

'The Hate U Give' Discussion Questions

Reading guide and discussion questions for ‘The Hate U Give’, a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was...

03 April 2017

Faber Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Meet Squishy McFluff, Dave Pigeon & Woozy the Wizard, three fun characters from Faber. This pack gives descriptions and tasters from all the books, suggestions for more reading, plus discussion and activity ideas for your Chatterbooks reading groups.

29 March 2017

Raising Staff Awareness

Materials and advice to help you raise awareness of young volunteers and Reading Hack in your authority. This pack includes: the Reading Hack guide, staff leaflets and posters, tips for sharing young people’s work with staff and key stakeholders

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. ...

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.

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...

20 February 2017

World Book Day 2017 Toolkit

Are you wondering how you can support World Book Day 2017? This Toolkit has been designed so that authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians and booksellers can join in with #WorldBookDay20. There are loads of ideas, such as how you could use social...

30 January 2017

Spies and Crime Busters - Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Following up on our previous ‘spies and detectives’ packs, here’s another collection of action adventures and detective stories, with thrills and twists – and often humour too! As well as lots of reading suggestions for your group you’ll find ideas on...

16 January 2017

Samantha Shannon Book Trailer Hack

Explore the supernatural underworld of The Bone Season series and create a book trailer. The Bone Season is a ground-breaking fantasy series that has been described as “part Hunger Games dystopia, part urban fantasy”. This pack is designed to help you...

12 January 2017

Stories from Around the World - Chatterbooks Activity Pack

In this pack are reading ideas for all ages: adventures, folk tales, stories in translation and non-fiction titles, which take you around the world introducing you to people and places, and their lives and experiences. There are also ideas for...

20 December 2016

A Monster Calls - discussion guide

Download these discussion questions for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness