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06 November 2019

Goodnight Starry by D'Arcy Lewis – Ignite children’s love of the Solar System

Goodnight Starry is a beautiful picture book for little stargazers aged 3-6 years. Saying Goodnight to each member of the Earth’s family in the solar system, they will discover how very different and special each one is. Humorously written...

05 November 2019

Reading Friends dementia information resource

This resource has information and advice to make your Reading Friends sessions dementia friendly. Give to volunteers if needed.

04 November 2019

Reading Friends Reading Aloud

Find out about the many benefits of reading aloud in your Reading Friends groups and elsewhere.

03 November 2019

Reading Friends: engaging with blind or partially sighted people

Helpful guide to making Reading Friends sessions inclusive.

03 November 2019

Reading Friends group session tips

Hints and tips for running a great Reading Friends session.

01 November 2019

Reading Friends communications calendar 2019

Lots of useful dates to help theme sessions, inspire activities and promote Reading Friends.

30 October 2019

Quick Reads poster 2020

A4 downloadable Quick Reads poster, specially designed for 2020. Use this poster to spread the word about the collection and prepare your displays for publication on 20 February 2020.

30 October 2019

Editable Quick Reads poster 2020

A specially designed Quick Reads poster for the six new 2020 Quick Reads. The poster is in an editable format so you tailor it to local needs.

17 October 2019

Guide to running Reading Ahead 2019-20

This is a comprehensive guide to running Reading Ahead which explains how the programme works, some best practice case studies, key contacts and how we evaluate the programme. Please do get in touch if you have any further questions.

09 October 2019

Publishers with books for emergent and reluctant readers

This short document suggests some publishers that are producing books for emergent and reluctant readers and dyslexia friendly books.

09 October 2019

The World of Wolf Hall: A Reading Guide to Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies

Ahead of the release of The Mirror & the Light, this reading guide takes you through the story so far, introduces you to the main players, explores the key themes and offers reading group questions to discuss.

08 October 2019

Reading Friends stroke information resource

Information and advice to make your Reading Friends sessions suitable for someone who has experienced stroke.

07 October 2019

How to start a LEGO club from DK

Excited about starting up a LEGO Club, but don’t know where to begin? DK have created a pack with some helpful advice and tips on how to construct your very own.

04 October 2019

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston - resources and display competition

A CHILD OF BOOKS – WHICH BOOK MADE YOU A CHILD OF BOOKS? Look out for A Child of Books, now out in paperback, the inspiring picture book by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston about the rewards of reading and sharing...

30 September 2019

The Golden Cage by Anna Castagnoli and Carll Cneut - activity pack

Valentina the emperor’s daughter is an obsessive collector of exotic birds. Her servants track down every bird she desires – just one remains unfound: a bird that talks. Servants search far and wide to fulfill her impossible quest – and...

26 September 2019

Reading Ahead 2018-19 Roll of honour

We would like to congratulate all organisations who have taken part in Reading Ahead over the past year for welcoming so many people to the world of reading and all the benefits that brings. Each year we produce a roll...

26 September 2019

Editable dates planner for Reading Ahead 2019-20

Please use this template and suggested dates to plan your Reading Ahead year. It’s an editable Word document so you can add your local plans alongside our suggestions.

25 September 2019

Quick Reads back catalogue 2006 - 2020

Quick Reads began in 2006. Since then 4.8 million copies of more than 100 titles have been distributed! The books have been loaned more than five million times through libraries. The 2020 list are currently available to pre-order from all major...

19 September 2019

Plastic Sucks! You Can Make A Difference - Plastic Sucks Day Guide

How can YOU help save our planet? This awesome and inspiring guide, written by McFly bassist and environmental activist Dougie Poynter, will show you how to get involved in the mission to cut out single-use plastic. Plastic is everywhere and it...

18 September 2019

Reading Well Wales: World Mental Health Day/Libraries Week 2019 library toolkit

A library toolkit for Welsh libraries containing ideas for Reading Well displays, events and online and social media activity around World Mental Health Day (10 October) and Libraries Week (7-12 October) 2019.

18 September 2019

Beverley, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo - Teacher's Notes

Revisiting once again the world of Raymie Nightingale, two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo turns her focus to the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly. _Beverly put her foot down on the gas. They went faster still. This was what Beverly wanted — what she...

11 September 2019

The Wilbur & Niso Smith Adventure Writing resources

The Reading Agency has been working with The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation to promote adventure writing. These resources are mainly targeted at students in further education and sixth form colleges who may also be taking part in Reading Ahead....

11 September 2019

Reading Friends National Poetry Day Toolkit 2019

Share with your volunteers this National Poetry Day toolkit 2019 for tips, advice and ideas for running poetry events and sessions.

09 September 2019

World Mental Health Day/Every Mind Matters/Libraries Week 2019 library toolkit

A library toolkit containing ideas for Reading Well displays, events and online and social media activity around World Mental Health Day (10 October) and Libraries Week (7-12 October) 2019. Also includes information about forthcoming Public Health England mental health campaign,...

09 September 2019

Reading Ahead 2019-20 Registration Form

Please use this template to sign people up for Reading Ahead and keep for your own records. The data requested matches that required for our data return that we require by July 2020.

06 September 2019

Reading Ahead best practice and participant case studies 2019

Please use this link to see our best practice case studies from practitioners around the country. If you’re looking for some inspiration or to illustrate the impact of your work, we also have participant case studies with new readers sharing...

06 September 2019

Reading Ahead 2019-20 Advocacy Leaflet for Prisons

Here is a one-pager about Reading Ahead in prisons with endorsements from participants and organisers in prisons for you to use when putting the case for the programme. It’s not intended for use with prisoners themselves.

06 September 2019

Reading Ahead 2019-20 Advocacy Leaflet

Here is a one-pager about Reading Ahead with endorsement from participants and organisers for you to use when talking to potential partners. It’s not intended for use with participants.

06 September 2019

Reading Ahead 2019-20 Materials and Incentives

A one pager that contains all our purchasable materials and incentives for 2019/20 Reading Ahead. They are available to buy from The Reading Agency shop throughout the year. This can be used alongside the Advocacy leaflet to explain the programme to...

05 September 2019

SAPIENS, HOMO DEUS and 21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY by Yuval Noah Harari: A reading guide

A reading guide for the books by Yuval Noah Harari including information about the author and discussion points.