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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...

03 August 2018

Back to School Booklist

When September hits it’s time to go back to studying. We have some fantastic books about schools, university and education for when you want to put down a textbook and pick up something to read just for fun.

01 August 2018

Women in Translation Booklist

August is Women in Translation Month. Only a tiny fraction of fiction published in English is translated, and only about a quarter of that translated fiction was originally written by women. For some reason, fiction in translation by women remains...

30 July 2018

World Book Night 2018 Programme Review

World Book Night 2018 saw thousands of books being handed out to non-readers with events taking place across the country. Our report shows an overwhelmingly positive response, and reveals key findings about reading habits.

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...

18 July 2018

Reading Well Wales: bilingual social media graphic for Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

Bilingual (Welsh and English) artwork for Reading Well Books on Prescription in Wales, for use on social media and other promotional platforms.

18 July 2018

To the Edge of the World by Julia Green - Reading group activity and competition

To the Edge of the World Set sail on an exciting adventure in award-winning author Julia Green’s new story To the Edge of the World. Set in the islands of the Outer Hebrides, Julia’s book is a gripping sea adventure with...

18 July 2018

Social Media Guide

Reading Groups for Everyone is full of opportunities for reading groups, but publishers are often looking for feedback and reviews in return. They are also increasingly looking for groups who will share their thoughts on social media platforms. If you...

17 July 2018

Reading Well Wales: Welsh-language user leaflet for Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

Welsh-language user leaflet for the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia scheme. The leaflet provides information about how the scheme works, resources available in your local library and the full list of titles on the Reading Well Books on Prescription...

17 July 2018

Reading Well Wales: English-language user leaflet for Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

English-language user leaflet for the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia scheme. The leaflet provides information about how the scheme works, resources available in your local library and the full list of titles on the Reading Well Books on Prescription...

17 July 2018

Reading Well Wales: bilingual poster for Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

Bilingual poster artwork (Welsh and English) for the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia in Wales scheme.

12 July 2018

National Poetry Day – Reading Group Guide

In the lead-up to National Poetry Day in October, we have a selection of poetry collections that have been specially chosen for reading groups with notes and questions to get you started. To download the guide, click the link below.

12 July 2018

Summer 2018 Booklist

Now that summer has arrived, we’re all looking for that perfect book to take to the beach. The Reading Agency staff have put together our ultimate summer booklist recommendations, with new and older books that we think everyone should take...

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...

05 July 2018

Mischief Makers Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Here is a Chatterbooks activity pack to accompany the Summer Reading Challenge, Mischief Makers. It features reading and activity ideas inspired by the brilliant books in the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge collection.

05 July 2018

Reading Well Wales: Overview of the dementia titles

A guide to the books on the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia booklist in Wales.

05 July 2018

Reading Well in Wales: launch of dementia scheme

Reading Well will be launched in Wales with books and supporting materials being made available in both English and Welsh. This document provides bilingual background information on the launch of the dementia scheme in Wales.

04 July 2018

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale - Event Kit

The Princess in Black Who says princesses can’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black. The first in a funny, action-packed series for young readers who like their...

03 July 2018

The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson - Extract

In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and...

03 July 2018

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell - Extract

Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or...

03 July 2018

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell - Reading Group Guide

Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for...

02 July 2018

Hot, hot, hot!

When it’s hot outside, sometimes you need a book to match how you feel. Here are some of our favourite books that are perfect for a heatwave.

18 June 2018

LGBT History Month

For LGBT History Month, we’ve selected some fantastic books for everyone to read.

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...

15 June 2018

Books to Make You Laugh and Cry #NRGD18

To celebrate National Reading Group Day 2018, we asked reading groups to share the books that made them laugh, cry, or both. We know that books that cause an emotional reaction are the ones that stay with you, so take...

14 June 2018

Dr Ben Garrod - So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs activity pack

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs? Biologist and TV scientist Ben Garrod has written a fun, funny, informative and collectible series about dinosaurs. The series will be launching with T. Rex, Diplodocus and Tricearatops. To celebrate this new series, Head...

14 June 2018

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth

Reading group questions for The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth.

12 June 2018

Tropical Terry by Jarvis - a book trailer

Terry wants to stand out. But, in Coral Reef City, it’s sometimes better to blend in… Coral Reef City is home to the most dazzling shoals of tropical fish in ALL the ocean. And then there is Terry. Terry looks grey....

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...