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31 March 2020

Brain Games: Free Downloadable Learning Resources

The perfect books and brain games for your Bright Spark or Clever Kid! Compiled by puzzle master and author of hundreds of puzzle books Dr Gareth Moore, the Bright Sparks (for ages 7-9) and Clever Kids (for ages 9-11) series will...

31 March 2020

Adventure on Trains: The Highland Falcon Thief by MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman - Wordsearch

Adventures on Trains is a major mystery series from bestselling authors M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman. First stop, The Highland Falcon Thief, a breathless train journey full of deceptions, puzzles and clues to solve. Harrison Beck is reluctantly joining his travel-writer...

31 March 2020

Morag Hood - Reading Notes and Activities

Bold, bright and brilliant join the colourful world of Morag Hood. All Morag Hood’s books are great for storytelling sessions but also provide a great stepping-off point for further discussion, retelling and art activities. You could create a ‘Steves’ beak...

26 March 2020

Dear Earth - letter writing activity

Little Tiger Press are highlighting the fragility and wonder of our world with their brilliant Dear Earth campaign, which offers a fantastic way to link together picture book aged readers and this year’s Earth Day on 22 April. They would...

26 March 2020

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - celebrating 30 years

*We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. Will you come too?* We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, started a publishing phenomenon 30 years ago with readers swishy-swashying and...

26 March 2020

All the World's a Stage Chatterbooks pack

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 have provided inspiration for theatre productions. You can find out more about some of our picks on...

25 March 2020

Awesomely Austen - Book Club Pack

Meet your new favourite heroines – they’re bold, brilliant and totally awesome! Fresh, funny and accessible retellings of Jane Austen’s classic stories, with witty black and white illustrations throughout. The perfect way to discover Austen for the first time, this bright...

25 March 2020

There’s a Rang-tan in My Bedroom - supporting resources and activity sheets

Teach children about the plight of the orangutan and the dangers of deforestation in, There’s a Rang-tan in My Bedroom, the timely and beautiful picture book by James Sellick and Frann Preston-Gannon. Hachette Children’s Group have got lots of excellent...

25 March 2020

Freddie's Amazing Bakery - recipes and activities

Freddie Bonbon is sweet by name and sweet by nature. He’s also THE BEST baker in Belville and always around to lend a hand too. Stories that are full of fun with gorgeous illustrations throughout, Freddie is a likeable and positive...

25 March 2020

The Infinite - Teacher Resource Pack

About the Book Leaplings, children born on the 29th of February, are very rare. Rarer still are Leaplings with The Gift – the ability to leap through time. Elle Bíbi-Imbelé Ifíè has The Gift, but she’s never used it. Until now. On...

24 March 2020

Lenny Makes a Wish - Reading Notes

When Lenny the rabbit spots a lonely fish in a pond, they soon become friends. But will their friendship survive, when Lenny lives on land and his friend lives in water? A heart-warming story about the enduring power of friendship....

24 March 2020

Attack of the Smart Speakers - Reading Notes

There’s a new craze in town for smart speakers and everyone has got one. At first they seem super helpful, but Tyler and her friends soon start to get suspicious. It’s like these virtual assistants are really the ones in...

23 March 2020

Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour by Ally Carter - digital pack

FIVE EXTRAORDINARY ORPHANS. ONE INCREDIBLE MYSTERY. Bursting with adventure, mayhem and friendship, this is the first in an action-packed new middle-grade series – from the bestselling author of Gallagher Girls, Ally Carter – and the perfect book for readers who love...

18 March 2020

Football Superstars - A3 posters

Football Superstars is a series aimed at building a love of reading from a young age, with fun cartoons, inspirational stories, a simple narrative style and a cast of characters chipping in with quotes, jokes and comments. Football Superstars: Ronaldo Rules,...

18 March 2020

Football Superstars - Teachers' Notes

Football Superstars is a series aimed at building a love of reading from a young age, with fun cartoons, inspirational stories, a simple narrative style and a cast of characters chipping in with quotes, jokes and comments. Football Superstars: Ronaldo Rules,...

18 March 2020

Football Superstars - Activity Sheets

The Football Superstars series – a brand new visual series of first biographies. Football Superstars is a series aimed at building a love of reading from a young age, with fun cartoons, inspirational stories, a simple narrative style and...

11 March 2020

Would You Like a Banana? - Activity Sheet

Award-winning illustrator Yasmeen Ismail’s delightfully funny picture book featuring a very stubborn gorilla will have the whole family laughing! Gorilla is hungry but there is absolutely no way he’s going to eat a banana. Not even a teeny taste. Not with...

11 March 2020

The Threads of Magic - Teachers' Notes

An atmospheric and riveting fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of Frances Hardinge and Cornelia Funke. Pip lives on his wits in the city of Clarel. When he pickpockets the wrong man, he finds himself in possession of a strange object –...

11 March 2020

Not an Alphabet Book: The Case of the Missing Cake - Activity Sheets

A graphic, bright, imaginative alphabet book, with a smart and laugh-out-loud whodunit twist. This was meant to be a simple alphabet book but something has happened. Something horrible. The most terrible crime! The world’s most completely delicious, tongue-jinglingly, chocolaty cake has...

10 March 2020

Alex Rider 20th Anniversary - Activity Sheets

CELEBRATE THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING SERIES! Encourage pupils to become READING SPIES and to take their writing to the next level with the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz – suitable for children ages 9+. The pack is...

10 March 2020

Bunnies on the Bus by Philip Ardagh and Ben Mantle - Activity Pack

Watch out! Move out of the way! Hold onto your tails! There are … BUNNIES ON THE BUS! And they aren’t stopping for ANYONE! The bunnies have taken over the bus and they’re on a wild ride across the streets of...

10 March 2020

Bunnies on the Bus by Philip Ardagh and Ben Mantle - Storytelling Kit

Watch out! Move out of the way! Hold onto your tails! There are … BUNNIES ON THE BUS! And they aren’t stopping for ANYONE! The bunnies have taken over the bus and they’re on a wild ride across the streets of...

10 March 2020

Michael Rosen introduces The Missing - Author Video and Teachers' Notes

A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust by one of this country’s best-loved children’s authors. By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen’s search for his relatives who “went missing” during the Second...

08 March 2020

February 2018 children's and young people booklist - Wonder Women *reshare*

February 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 and to celebrate this we have created a list of some of our favourite books about inspirational women. The Representation of the People Act of 1918...

04 March 2020

March 2020 Children's and young people booklist - STREAM (British Science Week)

British Science Week takes place between 6-15 March 2020 – and to celebrate this we have created a themed booklist based on STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) topics. To help children learn more about STREAM topics, our...

03 March 2020

The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott - discussion guide and author video

If everything was taken from you, what would you do to get it back? Agatha patrols the sea wall with pride, despite those in her clan who question her right to be there, because of the condition she was born with. Jaime...

15 February 2020

February 2020 Children's and young people booklist - Climate Change

The theme for our booklist this month are books based on climate change. To help children get a deeper understanding of the effects of climate change and this list has picture books, suggestions for children in Key Stage 2...

14 February 2020

The Maker of Monsters by Lorraine Gregory - activity pack

Brat has always lived in the isolated castle on the island, taking care of the vicious creatures that his master creates, waiting in terror for the moment when they are ready to be put to use. But then the unthinkable...

14 February 2020

Me and Mister P by Maria Farrer - Reading notes, discussion ideas and activities

There are times when only a polar bear will do… So Mum and Dad have decided we’re moving house, but not just down the road, not even in the same town… not even in the same COUNTRY! Not only that, but...

14 February 2020

The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike - Ideas for discussion and activities

*In this stunning fantasy story, enter the unique world of the Spell Breathers!* Spell breathing does not come naturally to Rayne—she hates the hours of practice, the stacks of scrolls, and the snapping mud devils that cover her mother’s precious spell book. But...