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02 March 2018

Inspirational Women

To mark 100 years of female suffrage, we collected together our favourite books about girls, women and feminism.

02 March 2018

Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison - Library resources pack

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world’s history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations. Debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison pairs captivating...

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...

23 February 2018

Man Booker Prize - list of winners

The Golden Man Booker Prize will mark the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize. This special one-off award will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, as chosen by five judges 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,...

14 February 2018

Romance reads without the cheese

If you think books with a love story at their heart are full of soppy characters and unrealistic swooning, think again. This quirky selection is full of real relationships and funny takes on love and sex. Download the full list and find...

13 February 2018

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness - A Chaos Walking book trailer

Walker have a special anniversary edition, with a striking new cover design, to celebrate 10 years of the Chaos Walking trilogy. Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming Noise. There is no privacy....

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...

07 February 2018

University of Exeter evaluation of Reading Well for common mental health conditions

University of Exeter evaluation of Reading Well for common mental health conditions, examining acceptability, impact and scheme delivery preferences for end users and library services

07 February 2018

University of Westminster evaluation of Reading Well for young people

Researchers from the University of Westminster have carried out an independent evaluation of the impact of Reading Well for young people, funded by Wellcome. For the study, three sets of the book collection were brought into The Priory School, a...

02 February 2018

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury - A3 digital poster

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Celebrating 10 years of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Walker Books have provided this digital version of the Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes anniversary poster.

02 February 2018

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury - A special Storytime kit

Celebrating 10 years of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes All over the world, babies are different. Yet in some ways they are very much the same: each one has ten little fingers and ten little toes – to play...

30 January 2018

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig - read a sample

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has...

30 January 2018

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - discussion questions

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing...

30 January 2018

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - read a sample

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing...

29 January 2018

Fundraising for Young People's Projects

This guide is full of ideas and advice for generating funds for one-off projects and events. It can be used by young people or library staff.

19 January 2018

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury - A Book Trailer

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Celebrating 10 years of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes All over the world, babies are different. Yet in some ways they are very much the same: each one has ten little fingers and...

15 January 2018

Reading Hack Evaluation Guide

Evaluation is crucial to help us understand, measure and report the impact that Reading Hack has on young people and delivery partners. Please read this evaluation guide for more information about completing the Reading Hack evaluation surveys. In summary: Participating library authorities...

12 January 2018

Artemis by Andy Weir - read the first chapter

Life in the lunar city of Artemis is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your...

02 January 2018

A splash of colour for a grey day

In January we put together a list of our favourite colourful books to brighten up a dull, grey day.

16 December 2017

Science fiction novels from the last twenty years

To celebrate 100 years of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, we chose a selection of science fiction novels from the last two decades of the award.

12 December 2017

Seven Days of Us - read the first chapter

It’s Christmas, and the Birch family are coming together at their second home in Norfolk. Emma and Andrew’s daughter, Olivia, is back for the first time in years, and while Emma is elated, her younger, more frivolous daughter Phoebe is braced...

11 December 2017

Reading Well for young people consultation

Reading Well for young people initial health experts consultation paper

08 December 2017

Books of the Year 2017

2017 was another fantastic year for books. We’ve picked out some of our top choices that were published over the year.

02 December 2017

Debuts of 2017

There were some brilliant authors publishing their first books in 2017, and we’ve chosen our favourites for you to discover.

22 November 2017

Reading Ahead 2016-17 Evaluation Report

This reports on the impact of Reading Ahead 2016-17 on participants and participating organisations. It is based on survey returns from individual participants and from public libraries, learning providers, prisons and workplaces taking part in the programme.

22 November 2017

Summer Reading Challenge UK Participation Report - Animal Agents 2017

761,758 children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2017 across the UK, an increase of 6,550 on the previous year’s total. Here is the national participation report for Animal Agents

22 November 2017

Summer Reading Challenge UK Headline Data - Animal Agents 2017

Here is a summary of the results for Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017, captured in a handy infographic

22 November 2017

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland Participation Report - Animal Agents 2017

Here is the participation report for Animal Agents, the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2017