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18 March 2019

Heart: A History Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 19 March the Wellcome Book Prize announced the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prize rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness...

16 March 2019

World Book Night 2019 logo

Download our logo to use on posters, websites and any materials you create to publicise and use at your World Book Night events.

15 March 2019

All The World's a Stage - booklist

Some of the most loved stories have been adapted for the stage—either as plays or musicals. Some you may know, but others might surprise you! We’ve collected some of our favourite books that have been adapted for the stage.

12 March 2019

The Boy Who Flew by Fleur Hitchcock - Resource pack

About the book Athan Wilde dreams of flight. When his friend, Mr Chen, is murdered, Athan must rescue the flying machine they were building together and stop it falling into the wrong hands. But keeping the machine safe puts his family...

12 March 2019

Hugs and Kisses by Sam Hay and Emma Dodd - Activity Pack

There are two sides to every story… Flip the book to read each side of the story in this enchanting tale of a whale and an octopus on their search for love, ending with a huge pop-up surprise. Big Blue Whale is...

11 March 2019

The Closest Thing to Flying by Gill Lewis - Reading Notes

The Closest Thing to Flying Present day: Semira doesn’t know where to call home. She and her mother came to England when she was four years old, brought across the desert and the sea by a man who has complete control....

11 March 2019

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Event pack and Teachers' Notes

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Celebrate 30 wonderful years of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt the much-loved family favourite. For thirty years, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Michael Rosen brings the story to life for...

11 March 2019

Get involved - health libraries

A document containing information on how to run Reading Well in health libraries.

11 March 2019

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods - Teaching Resources

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods Resource Pack for KS2 Teachers This is the story of a sleepy town called Suds. A place where stories fill the air of children turning grey and disappearing without a trace. Poppy and Erasmus are certain there’s...

08 March 2019

Space Chase Branding Guidelines

This document sets out the guidelines for libraries when using the Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019 artwork and resources. Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2019. Libraries should contact their...

08 March 2019

Circle by Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett - a book trailer

This book trailer is about Circle. This book trailer is also about Circle’s friends Triangle and Square. When they all play hide-and-seek, Circle makes a rule. But when Triangle breaks that rule, Circle has to rescue him… You can find out...

08 March 2019

International Women's Day 2019

This International Women’s Day we have come up with a list of twelve books that we hope express a small section of the enormous range of challenges faced by women across the world in the 21st century. Let us know...

07 March 2019

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler - activity pack

This year The Gruffalo is turning 20! To help you celebrate this anniversary and the bestselling phenomenon by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Macmillan Children’s Books have created 20 brilliant activity sheets. Macmillan would love to see how you use the...

07 March 2019

All the World's a Stage Chatterbooks pack

On the 27 March is World Theatre Day and to celebrate we have created a Chatterbooks pack with six of our favourite children’s books which were then adapted into a theatre production. You can find out more about some of our...

07 March 2019

March 2019 Children's booklist - All The World's a Stage

On the 27 March is World Theatre Day and to celebrate we have created a children’s booklist of our favourite books which were then adapted into theatre productions. You can find out more about some of our picks on the...

06 March 2019

Hat Tricks by Satoshi Kitamura - Story Play Notes

About the book Meet Hattie the Magician – she may be little but she is a born performer! Hattie conjures an amazing succession of animals out of her hat, and for a grand finale produces a wonderful habitat where they can all...

05 March 2019

Dave Pigeon 4 by Swapna Haddow - a competition

Dave Pigeon and his best friend Skipper are taking in the sights of London. Whilst pecking around the gates of the Royal Palace, looking for high-brow snacks to feast on, they meet Prince Raju Pigeon, one of the Queen’s personal...

05 March 2019

A Street Through Time by Steve Noon and DK - a competition

DK are updating our classic book A Street Through Time, and as part of this they want to know what children think a street will look like in 2070! DK are inviting you to have your child or class draw...

05 March 2019

Fated by Teri Terry - discussion questions

I’m just one girl. What can I do? Sam’s cosy life as daughter of the Deputy Prime Minister is about to end. These are turbulent times. Borders have closed and protests are turning violent. The government blames the country’s youth, and...

04 March 2019

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne - Storyime pack

For 25 years, Eileen Browne’s beautiful modern classic Handa’s Surprise has delighted the very youngest of readers who long to tell Handa what is happening right behind her. Brimming with mouth-watering fruit and wild animals, this picture book favourite, along...

04 March 2019

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne - Teacher Notes

For 25 years, Eileen Browne’s beautiful modern classic Handa’s Surprise has delighted the very youngest of readers who long to tell Handa what is happening right behind her. Brimming with mouth-watering fruit and wild animals, this picture book favourite, along...

04 March 2019

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne - Event poster and activity sheets

For 25 years, Eileen Browne’s beautiful modern classic Handa’s Surprise has delighted the very youngest of readers who long to tell Handa what is happening right behind her. Brimming with mouth-watering fruit and wild animals, this picture book favourite, along...

04 March 2019

The Emily Windsnap series by Liz Kessler - a KS2 Resource Pack

Hachette Children’s Group have created a fantastic Resource Pack based around The Emily Windsnap series. It’s time to dive deep into a world beneath the waves: a magical world of mermaids, fun, friendship and adventure. This Resource Pack is designed to...

01 March 2019

The Summer Reading Challenge review 2018, full document

The Summer Reading Challenge is reviewed every four years to check it is still working well, to respond to changing operational needs, and to identify potential improvements and growth. The review was ambitious in its scope and generated more than...

01 March 2019

Summer Reading Challenge Review 2018, executive summary

The Summer Reading Challenge is reviewed every four years to check it is still working well, to respond to changing operational needs, and to identify potential improvements and growth. The review was ambitious in its scope and generated more than...

28 February 2019

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...

28 February 2019

Summer Volunteering Training Toolkit

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

27 February 2019

Book to Film Adaptions

In the spirit of the Oscars, here are some of our favourite books that have been made into movies. From from sci-fi to thrillers, and weepy dramas to clever true stories – can the film ever be better than the...

25 February 2019

20 anniversary logos

The Summer Reading Challenge is turning twenty this year, and we’re celebrating by taking a trip down memory lane. Download all twenty logos for the Summer Reading Challenge from 1999 – 2019, and take part in the countdown with us....

21 February 2019

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas - author video

Angie Thomas, the award-winning author of The Hate U Give, is back with On the Come Up, a powerful story about hip hop, prejudice and fighting for your dreams. Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all...