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14 May 2019

Side-splitting stories for children booklist - picture books

This month we have created a booklist of our favourite side-splitting stories that will have children laughing loudly! There are plenty of chapters that’ll make them chortle and sentences that will have you in stitches. Here are 12 of our absolute...

14 May 2019

Reading Friends welcome guide for one-to-one participants

A brief information sheet to give to Reading Friends participants receiving one-to-one visits.

14 May 2019

Reading Friends 'why volunteer?' information sheet

A quick information sheet highlighting the benefits of volunteering with Reading Friends.

13 May 2019

Reading Friends Volunteer Recruitment Poster

An editable poster to advertise for volunteer vacancies. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to edit this poster.

10 May 2019

Reading Friends volunteer agreement template

Template that clearly sets out expectations and boundaries for volunteers. Can include local information. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to edit.

10 May 2019

Reading Friends Yarn, Natter, Blether

Watch our film Yarn, Natter, Blether to discover four stories from Reading Friends across the UK. Watch video

10 May 2019

Side-splitting Stories

This month we’re bringing you chapters to make you chortle and sentences that will have you in stitches. Including novels, essays and poetry, these books will have you laughing all day long.

08 May 2019

The Handmaid's Tale Reading Guide

A reading guide to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid’s Tale went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against him; and the 2017 release of...

08 May 2019

National Reading Group Day 2019 - logo

This year, National Reading Group Day will take place on Saturday 15 June, the start of Independent Book Week. We have a downloadable logo that you can use on your materials. Just click on the link below to download.

08 May 2019

National Reading Group Day 2019 - poster

This year, National Reading Group Day will take place on Saturday 15 June, the start of Independent Book Week. We have a downloadable poster that you can use in your library. Just click on the link below to download.

07 May 2019

The Silence of the Girls Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

07 May 2019

Ordinary People Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for Ordinary People by Diana Evans, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

07 May 2019

The Sister, the Serial Killer Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

07 May 2019

Milkman Readers' Guide - Women's Prize for Fiction

Download a free readers’ guide for Milkman by Anna Burns, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

07 May 2019

Circe Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for Circe by Madeline Miller, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

07 May 2019

An American Marriage Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

06 May 2019

Reading Friends Yarn, Natter, Blether - Living with Dementia clip

A shorter clip from our film Yarn, Natter, Blether showing how Reading Friends has benefitted Brian, who is living with dementia. Watch video

04 May 2019

Reading Friends Yarn, Natter, Blether - Reading Clip

A shorter clip from our film Yarn, Natter, Blether showing the proven power of reading. Watch video

03 May 2019

Reading Friends photo consent form

Consent forms for any images you take of Reading Friends activities. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to edit.

03 May 2019

Reading Friends social media visuals

Images to use to promote your project on social media.

02 May 2019

Dementia friendly booklist

After being diagnosed with Young-onset dementia in July 2014 Wendy Mitchell set about finding other ways to keep reading. She shares some of her favourite books with us here.

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...

30 April 2019

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Let's Discover Baby Animals, Flowers and Trees - book trailer

Inspiring and fun guides to baby animals, flowers and trees featuring artwork from the animated special of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. In these fun-filled guides to baby animals, flowers and trees, eager readers will learn all about spring time...

18 April 2019

Dementia Action Week 2019: a library toolkit

A library toolkit containing ideas for Reading Well displays, events and online and social media activity around Dementia Action Week 2019 (20-26 May).

18 April 2019

Reading Friends press release

This template is to help you when writing press releases about the project.

16 April 2019

Celebrating Spring with HarperCollins Children’s Books - activity pack

HarperCollins Children’s Books are celebrating the arrival of Spring with a gorgeous pack of activities for little ones featuring eggs, bunnies and tadpoles from an array of amazing picture book creators! - Follow Tad, the littlest almost-a-frog in the whole wide...

12 April 2019

Reading Friends volunteer role description

Provides potential volunteers with key information on what’s involved in the role. Editable for local information.

12 April 2019

Reading Friends volunteer application form

A template for local Reading Friends projects to adapt and use with people interested in volunteering. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to edit.