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08 September 2020

This Mournable Body - Readers' Guide

In July 2020 the Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga by clicking below.

08 September 2020

The New Wilderness - Readers' Guide

In July 2020 the Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title The New Wilderness by Diane Cook by clicking below.

03 September 2020

Storm Hound: Story Starter

Storm Hound by Claire Fayers is a Summer Reading Challenge 2020 recommended read This resource includes a wordsearch and a story starter activity Visit the Macmillan website for more great titles.

03 September 2020

International Dot Day - Special Event Packs

Celebrate International Dot Day on 15th-ish September! International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. Now, every 15-ish September,...

02 September 2020

September 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Back to School Books

Starting back at school can be an anxious time for lots of children and young people, let alone after the Covid-19 lockdown. To help support this transition, we have created a booklist of stories where characters face issues that some...

01 September 2020

Back To School library toolkit

A toolkit containing Reading Well resources to help libraries support children and families with the return to school, including digital assets, social media content, and resources for school outreach.

28 August 2020

#HarperFictionReadingWeekend digital assets for libraries

Summer holidays across the country have been cancelled, but HarperFiction wants library users to celebrate the August bank holiday by taking part in the #HarperFictionReadingWeekend! We’d love for libraries to share some of HarperFiction’s beautiful social media assets encouraging users to...

28 August 2020

YA Booklist - Reading Hack Recommendations

If you’re a fan of YA lit or are looking for books to engage young people, check out our latest YA reading recommendations, all chosen by young adults. See what our reviewers thought of each title over on the Reading Hack...

27 August 2020

Reading group guide for For When I'm Gone by Rebecca Ley

Sylvia knows that she’s running out of time. Very soon, she will exist only in the memories of those who loved her most and the pieces of her life she’s left behind. So she begins to write her husband a handbook...

24 August 2020

How to draw Mossy the Fox with David Roberts

David Roberts, illustrator of Julian Clary’s Bolds books, shows us how he draws Mossy the fox. The Bold family seems fairly normal: they live in a nice house, the parents have good jobs, and they all love to have fun. One...

21 August 2020

Reading Friends Reading-related ice-breaker questions

Use these when you first start running Reading Friends sessions, or at the beginning of a session to help people get to know each other.

20 August 2020

Molly Mischief: My Perfect Pet

Molly Mischief: My Perfect Pet by Adam Hargreaves is a Summer Reading Challenge 2020 recommended read! This resource includes fun colouring sheets and puzzles to enjoy. Visit the Pavilion website for more great titles and resources.

19 August 2020

Tips for Virtual Befriending on Zoom

Read this resource before starting sessions on Zoom as it contains helpful tips and reminders.

19 August 2020

Al's Awesome Science: Busy Bodies

Al’s Awesome Science by Jane Clarke and James Brown is a Summer Reading Challenge 2020 recommended read! This resource includes fun science experiments to try at home. Visit the Five Quills website for more great titles and resources.

18 August 2020

InvestiGators by John Patrick Green - activity pack

They’re Alligators – and Investigators! InvestiGators written and illustrated by John Patrick Green is the new full colour, laugh-out-loud series perfect for emerging readers and fans of Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man. Mango and Brash are the InvestiGators: sewer-loving agents of...

18 August 2020

Bug Belly Creator Study

Bug Belly: Babysitting Trouble by Paul Morton is a Summer Reading Challenge 2020 recommended read! This resource includes a special look into Paul Morton’s process for writing and illustrating Bug Belly. Featuring fun facts and behind-the-scenes sketches, it’s ideal for...

18 August 2020

Bug Belly Activity Sheets

Bug Belly: Babysitting Trouble by Paul Morton is a Summer Reading Challenge 2020 recommended read! This resource includes colouring sheets, bookmarks, wobbler crafts and more, perfect for lots of froggy fun! Find out more on the Summer Reading Challenge website Visit the...

18 August 2020

Wonderful Non-fiction Chatterbooks Pack

In this Chatterbooks activity pack you’ll find some great suggestions for wonderful non-fiction books to explore, read and enjoy together. Inspired by Merry the Giraffe from the Summer Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad, this pack will focus on her favourite things,...

14 August 2020

Silly Squad Colouring Sheet

Download a Silly Squad colouring sheet featuring Izzie the octopus. Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020

11 August 2020

How reading can promote writing for pleasure article

We believe that through reading a wide variety of books and texts, children can improve their vocabulary and grow more confident with their own writing ability. To help you with this, we have collated a host of resources and useful...

10 August 2020

When Secrets Set Sail – Blue Plaque Project

When Secrets Set Sail is the breathtaking new adventure from award-winning author Sita Brahmachari. Set in London, adoptive sisters Usha and Imtiaz must race to uncover the secrets of their family’s past, in order to save their home. In the story,...

10 August 2020

Mermaid School - Telling Tails writing activity

Marnie Blue’s class at Lady Sealia Foam’s Mermaid School are holding a cake sale to raise money for their school trip to the Mermaid Lagoon castle. Aunt Christabel says she’ll help Marnie, Pearl and Orla to bake some special treats...

10 August 2020

Mermaid School - Create your own radio station activity sheet

In the Mermaid School books, Christabel Blue is a very successful DJ, with her own Big Blue Show on Radio SeaWave. In the activity sheet children can imagine they have their own show on mermaid radio. Filled with fabulous fishy fun, the...

06 August 2020

Reading guide for Victoria Hislop's THE ISLAND

A reading guide for Victoria Hislop’s multi-million copy seller, THE ISLAND. Find out how to win 10 copies of The Island for your reading group (offer closes 7 September)

05 August 2020

August 2020 - Comics, graphic novels and illustrated books booklists for children and young people

This month our booklist features comics, graphic novels and illustrated books that we think will draw children and young people into the story. We love comics, graphic novels and books that have beautiful illustrations, as well as being fun they...

30 July 2020

Keith Among the Pigeons Activity Pack

Keith Among the Pigeons by Katie Brosnan is a Summer Reading Challenge 2020 recommended read! This Keith Among the Pigeons pack includes a cat and pigeon masks, colouring sheets, puzzles and more activities to enjoy at home, in the library,...

28 July 2020

Tricks and Jokes Chatterbooks Activity Pack

In this Chatterbooks activity pack you’ll find some great suggestions for funny books to explore, read and enjoy together. Inspired by Lily the Frog from the Summer Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad, this pack will focus on her favourite things, jokes...

27 July 2020

Dougal Daley - I'm Phenomenal Activity Bundle

Dougal Daley – I’m Phenomenal by Jackie Marchant and Loretta Schauer is a Summer Reading Challenge 2020 recommended read! This Dougal Daley bundle includes a wordsearch and English, Maths and Science themed activities. Find out more about this title on...

23 July 2020

The importance of comics, graphic novels and illustrated books article

Like Bamboozle the Panda from the Silly Squad, we love comics, graphic novels and books that have beautiful illustrations. As well as being fun they can be really important to a child’s reading journey. We also share useful sites and...

23 July 2020

Reading Friends Silly Squad session plan

A plan for a Reading Friends session with ideas to get people chatting, linked to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – Silly Squad.