01 May 2019
The Secret Starling Activity Pack
About the book Clara has lived a life of solitude, home schooled under her mean uncle’s strict regime . . . until now! The day that Uncle abandons Clara, leaving her with nothing but a wedge of ‘guilt money’ and a half...
30 April 2019
Alex Rider: Secret Weapon - book trailer
Ever since MI6 recognised his potential, Alex Rider has constantly been thrust into the line of danger. From a routine visit to the dentist that turns into a chase through the streets of London, to a school trip with a...
30 April 2019
Malamander - book trailer
Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep… Discover Malamander by Thomas...
04 April 2019
Nature and wildlife Chatterbooks pack
Inspired by the arrival of Spring and the celebration of Earth Day on 22 April, we’ve created this Chatterbooks pack full of reading recommendations and activity ideas featuring books about the natural world, wildlife and our environment. You can also download...
04 February 2019
February 2019 Children's booklist - letters, diaries and memoirs
Letters, Diaries and Memoirs This month we have loved picking our favourite picture and illustrated and middle grade books which are either written in letter or diary form or are memoirs. We have also selected six books for this theme perfect for...
06 December 2018
ROGO 2018 Best practice guide
The Read On. Get On. (ROGO) coalition has created this best practice guide to help primary schools address the gender gap in children’s reading enjoyment. The guide has been developed in response to the findings of the ROGO Index 2018.
06 December 2018
ROGO Index 2018
The ROGO Index 2018 provides a holistic view of how well 11-year-olds in England are reading. Download this document for a comprehensive breakdown of children’s cognitive reading skills, affective processes and reading behaviours
02 November 2018
A Society of Readers - executive summary
A new report that we commissioned from leading independent think tank Demos 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...
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...
24 October 2018
Julius Zebra: Grapple with the Greeks by Gary Northfield - a video
Julius Zebra: Grapple with the Greeks The fourth title in Gary Northfield’s exciting, action-packed and hysterically funny series brimming with entertaining Greek facts. In the much-anticipated fourth Julius Zebra book, Grapple with the Greeks!, demi-god Heracles promises Julius and his chums a...
07 August 2018
A First Book of the Sea by By Nicola Davies - Teachers' notes
A stunning anthology that blends poetry and information about the sea, from an award-winning team. From Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton, the multi award-winning team behind Tiny and Lots, comes a spellbinding collection of poems about the oceans of the...
19 July 2018
Aliens Invaded My Talent Show! by Matt Brown - Activity Sheets
Aliens Invaded My Talent Show! Eric Doomsday loves doing magic tricks. But even though his best friend, Vinnie Mumbles, thinks they’re great, they do always seem to go a bit… wrong. When some very important School Inspectors threaten to close...
05 July 2018
Think Like an Engineer by Usborne - activity booklet
Think Like an Engineer activity booklet Usborne have created a fantastic activity pack to help inspire children with engineering. They can find out what it takes to be an awesome engineer in this free activity booklet, filled with problems to solve,...
05 July 2018
The Girls with the Lost Smile by Miranda Hart - Event Pack
FIND YOUR SMILE using this fun The Girl with the Lost Smile event pack! The Girl with the Lost Smile Chloe Long has lost her smile. She’s looked everywhere for it. (Under her pillow. Under her bed. Under her nose. Obviously.) She’s tried...
18 June 2018
Royal Society Young People's Book Prize - Chatterbooks Activity 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 brilliant shortlisted titles. There are...
12 June 2018
Book Discussion Cards
Use these book discussion cards to help children talk about their books. You can place them on a table and before speaking to a member of staff or volunteer, children can decide which card to take with them, and...
07 June 2018
Happily Ever After: The Little Mermaid by Alex Fields - Teacher's Notes
A little mermaid must say goodbye to her sea legs if she is to be with her prince. Owen Swan’s ethereal illustrations recreate life and beauty under the sea. AGE: 4-8 years Download the Teacher’s Notes for some excellent guidance on how you...
16 May 2018
Find out how children can earn Children’s University hours by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge and Chatterbooks groups.
02 May 2018
The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant - The Great Library Orienteering Challenge
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...
27 April 2018
Judy Moody by Megan McDonald - Event Day digital resources pack
Judy Moody Another day. Another mood. Meet Judy Moody at her moodiest-best, in this laugh-a-minute first adventure in the international bestselling series. Bad moods, good moods, even back-to-school moods – Judy has them all! Meet Judy Moody, her little “bother” Stink,...
19 April 2018
Inventions and discoveries Chatterbooks activity pack
Think of the wheel, ships, aeroplanes, TV, the Internet – and crisps, coffee machines and zip fasteners, toilets and microwaves! This Chatterbooks activity pack is full of reading ideas and activities about inventions and discoveries – how they came about,...
05 April 2018
Kid Normal by Greg Jame and Chris Smith - digital activity pack and competition
Get your free activity pack and display materials for the latest Kid Normal adventure from Greg James and Chris Smith! Murph Cooper is BACK in the second hotly-anticipated Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes. To celebrate the second epically funny book in...
01 April 2018
The Wonderling by Mira Bartók - 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...
19 March 2018
Begone the Reaggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan
Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One) From multi-award-winning Irish author Celine Kiernan comes a fantasy adventure about witches and forbidden magic. When witches kidnap Mup’s dad, she must journey to their home to save him, and so...
28 February 2018
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy - Activity packs
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are two hapless robber dogs who decide on a career change after one bungled burglary too many. Their adventures are full of japes, scrapes and...
22 February 2018
Piggy Hero by Pip Jones - Activity pack and competition
Piggy Hero ‘Jeffry, I’m no mere guinea pig! I’m a Handsome. And Handsomes have always been famous. I simply cannot be the only Handsome in history to not be famous.’ Piggy Handsome is a very confident guinea pig with a hugely inflated...
21 February 2018
Marvel Avengers The Greatest Heroes - activity pack and competition
DK are celebrating their first World Book Day title by offering libraries a wonderful Marvel Super Hero themed pack with activities for children aged 3 to 10 years old. Focusing on DK’s World Book Day title, Marvel Avengers The Greatest Heroes,...
08 February 2018
Fantastically Great Women activity pack by Kate Pankhurst
Fantastically Great Women activity pack: celebrate 100 years of votes for women The Fantastically Great Women books by Kate Pankhurst celebrate some of the world’s most brilliant women, from Rosa Parks to Jane Austen, Ada Lovelace to Pocahontas. Each book shares fascinating...
13 October 2017
Winnie and Wilbur 30th birthday activity pack
Winnie and Wilbur Friday 13 October is the 30th birthday of the brilliant Winnie and Wilbur series created by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul. To celebrate this, Oxford University Press Children’s books have sent us a pack with many activity sheets and...
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...