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09 December 2019

The Reading Agency Books 2019 - Children and young people booklist

Every year, the staff at The Reading Agency enjoy picking and sharing our favourite books for children and young people. We have three booklists of the books we have loved the most from 2019: picture and illustrated books, books for...

26 September 2019

October 2019 Children's and Young People booklist - Powerful Poetry

To help you celebrate National Poetry Day on 3 October, we have created a booklist of our favourite works of poetry for children and young people. There are classics as well as newly published books – all selected to help...

06 August 2019

September 2019 Children's and Young People booklist - Back to School Books

Our September booklist for children and young people is a selection of our favourite books either set in a school or about starting a new academic year. It includes picture books, guides for teenagers, a graphic novel and some amazing...

27 March 2019

March 2019 Young People's booklist - All the World's a Stage

Today is World Theatre Day so we have created a booklist of some of our favourite books for young people that were adapted into a theatre production, tv show or film. We have selected six books for young people to read...

08 January 2019

January 2019 Young People's booklist - Epic Tales (Myths and legends)

Our January Young People’s booklist – Myths and Legends This month we have been thinking about myths and legends and modern retellings of these stories. We have selected six books for young people which include three novels, two graphic novels and...

02 November 2018

A Society of Readers

A new report lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the full report and share your thoughts on Twitter and...

22 May 2018

Big Bones by Laura Dockrill - Live out loud: Secondary School resources packs and competition

This resource pack is based on Big Bones, a vibrant and bold teen novel from writer and performance poet Laura Dockrill. It is a coming-of-age story about self-appreciation, body-confidence and learning how to love yourself and others – and it will...

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.

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...

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

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.

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...

07 July 2016

Reading Hack Volunteering Guide

An A4 introductory leaflet for volunteers about Reading Hack volunteering.

05 May 2016

Big Picture Hack Pack

This Hack Pack includes hacks that use pictures, film and other media to remake reading into a piece of visual storytelling.

05 May 2016

Sound Loung Hack Pack

This Hack Pack explores the links between reading, writing and music.

03 May 2016

Reading Hack projects fund

We are pleased to tell you about a local projects fund for Reading Hack in 16/17. This will support Reading Hackers in running local projects which inspire their peers to take part in creative and cultural reading and writing activity...

25 April 2016

Poetry Hacktivism

Cut up pages from magazines, newspapers or printed blogs about issues that matter to you

25 April 2016

Internet Poetry Hack

Use search terms to remix the internet into poetry.

25 April 2016

Character Hack

Cut up the dialogue of two characters in two books and make them talk to each other in a new conversation.

21 April 2016

Sound Lounge

Free write while listening to music. Do it with a friend or in a group to create a sound lounge. How do the same pieces of music influence everyone’s writing?

21 April 2016

Crisis and Creation - a Fan Fiction Hack

Write a short piece of fiction imagining a moment of crisis that led a musician to write one of their greatest songs. Don’t name the song in your piece – then see if others can guess which song the musician...

21 April 2016

Turn a Book into a Song Hack

Become a songwriter and write a song based on a favourite read.

21 April 2016

Lyric Speak Hack

Become a lyric artist and make a playlist of your own recordings inspired by a story.

21 April 2016

Novel Soundtracks Hack

Create a playlist for a read (it could be a play, novel or poem) which captures its atmosphere and story.

21 April 2016

Escaped Story Stop-motion Hack

Make a story escape from the pages with Instagram

21 April 2016

Book Trailer Cinema

Learn new digital skills by creating a book trailer for a favourite book.

19 April 2016

Setting up a group of young planners

One of the most effective ways of engaging with young people is to set up a young person’s planning group. This gives them the chance to take on planning roles to guide creative programming and get others involved. The group...

14 April 2016

Bookface Hack

Merge life and art by using a book to take clever picture of yourself. Add your bookface shot to all the bookface art out there on Instagram and Twitter.

14 April 2016

Six Picture Story Hack

Summarise the plot or motto of a book in six photos.

14 April 2016

A Thousand Words Hack

Take a photo that summarises exactly how a book made you feel.