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01 November 2014

World of Norm Chatterbooks activity pack

Here is our Chatterbooks activity pack all about the wonderful (if maybe at times unfair) World of Norm by Jonathan Meres.

24 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge Creepy House 2013 results - Full Report

Over 800,000 children took part in the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge in libraries. Here is the full evaluation report, which includes the summary findings, regional breakdown along with separate reports about Summer Reading Challenge volunteering and our pilot with Arts Award...

24 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge Creepy House 2013 results - Summary Findings

Over 800,000 children took part in the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge in libraries, a 9% increase on participation on 2012. Here are the summary findings from the 2013 evaluation report.

23 October 2014

Colour in Elmer!

Download these fabulous Elmer activity sheets and help him get his colour back!

23 October 2014

Chatterbooks activity pack - Superheroes, Comics and Cartoons

This Chatterbooks activity pack takes a look at comic books and cartoons – and lots of other graphic ways of telling stories. As well as a wealth of reading suggestions there are ideas for discussion and group activities – including...

20 October 2014

Reading groups for blind and partially sighted people

Anyone should be able to join or set up a reading group whether blind, partially sighted or sighted. Here a few helpful tips from RNIB to consider. Venue Location is key – if difficult to access or find it may mean a...

20 October 2014

Running a reading group event

Sarah Davis, reader development coordinator at Greenwich libraries gives us her top tips for running an author event: For the last three years part of my role as the reader development coordinator for Greenwich libraries is to organise as well...

18 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge Story Lab 2012 results

750,000 children took part in Story Lab with 427,500 children completed the Summer Reading Challenge too, earning medals for reading six books. Here is the full evaluation report, which includes the summary findings, regional breakdown along with separate reports about...

17 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge Circus Stars 2011 results

The 2011 Summer Reading Challenge Circus Stars reached a record breaking 780,000 children aged 4 to 12. We’re especially pleased about the number of boys who took part and the huge number of children who joined the library. Here is...

17 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge and Children's University

Our partnership with The Children’s University means that children reading books for the Summer Reading Challenge are able to get their passports stamped at their local library and earn up to ten hours of Children’s University learning for completing the...

17 October 2014

A librarian's book recommendation gets James reading

James, 9, from Congelton in Cheshire, had never really been a reader; he was a typical boy who would rather play football. But in 2013 he heard about the Summer Reading Challenge at school. His mum, Katie, took him to...

17 October 2014

The Summer Reading Challenge gets children reading on the bus in East India

According to Vice Principal of KiiT International School in Bhubaneswar, East India, children no longer sleep on the bus, they read. And it’s all thanks to the Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge takes place in countries all over the...

17 October 2014

3,500 children take part in the Summer Reading Challenge in Thailand

The British Council has been running the Summer Reading Challenge in Thailand for the last 6 years and the children involved always look forward to it. This year was the biggest yet with almost 3,500 children from all over the...

17 October 2014

Arts Award and the Summer Reading Challenge 2013

In 2013 we worked in partnership with Arts Council England’s 10 regional Bridge organisations to pilot Arts Award Discover alongside the Summer Reading Challenge in a library setting. The results were great with a total of 1028 children engaging with Arts...

16 October 2014

National Poetry Day 2014 activity pack

There are all sorts of poems – simple, complicated, scary, funny, sad, rhyming ones, limericks, haiku and shaped ones. Many tell stories. Poetry is about using words and language imaginatively and creatively. Everybody can have fun writing and listening to...

10 October 2014

Mary Poppins activity pack

This is a pack of reading ideas and activities inspired by P L Travers’ well-loved book Mary Poppins, brought to you by The Reading Agency in partnership with Disney and publisher HarperCollins Children’s Books.

10 October 2014

Buckle and Squash activity sheets

Three Buckle and Squash activity sheets for your Chatterbooks groups: a wordsearch, a draw-your-own, and a design a doorhanger activities.

08 October 2014

Scary Tales activity sheets

Download these Scary Tales activity sheets in time for Halloween. Activities include a tutorial on how to fold your own paper bats, a chilling crossword and spooky Bingo.

30 September 2014

Making the most of your book - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

You may like to read this advice sheet if you have borrowed one of the Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions titles from your local library. It helps you to get the most out of the...

30 September 2014

Recommended reading form - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

This reading form can be printed out and used by health practitioners to recommend Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions titles to their patients.

30 September 2014

Library FAQs - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

Answers to library staff frequently asked questions about Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions, including: general information, launch support, library involvement and digital resources.

30 September 2014

Format availability - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

A list of titles on the Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions and which formats they are available in.

30 September 2014

Reading Well logos

A zip file containing logos for the Reading Well scheme, as well as partner logos.

30 September 2014

Image bank - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

A collection of photos that can be used on local library and health websites to promote the Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions scheme.

30 September 2014

Plasma screen artwork - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

Artwork promoting the Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions scheme, which can be used on plasma screens in libraries and GP surgeries.

30 September 2014

Overview of the books - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

A detailed overview of the 30 titles on the Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions list, including background information, formats, publisher details and publication dates.

30 September 2014

Library staff handbook - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

Guidelines and resources for library staff running the Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions scheme.

30 September 2014

Branding guidelines - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

This document provides visual guidelines and the key descriptor and message for the Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions scheme.

30 September 2014

Prescriber leaflet - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

Reading Well Books on Prescription provides book-based support for adults experiencing a variety of conditions. This leaflet provides information about the scheme for GPs and other mental health professionals, such as psychological wellbeing practitioners, counsellors and therapists.

30 September 2014

Commissioning guidelines - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

This document provides information about Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions. It includes case studies showing how libraries can work with public health to deliver the scheme.