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18 December 2020

December 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Winter Wonderland

As we head into the grey and cold, we thought that we would share some great books set during the Winter or set in beautiful winter wonderlands. We have some classics, lovely illustrated stories and some thrilling page-turners. You can...

03 December 2020

Q&A with Crime Writer Ryan Gattis

Find out more about crime writer Ryan Gattis and his latest book The System. Take a look at our other resources by Ryan Gattis in the Reading Ahead resources database: How to Read like a Writer and a Creative Writing Competition...

03 December 2020

How To Read Like A Writer - Guide by Crime Writer Ryan Gattis

This resource contains tips from crime writer Ryan Gattis on the importance of reading to be a good writer and what to look out for to build your skills. Take a look at our other resources by Ryan Gattis in the...

03 December 2020

Prison Libraries: Short Story Writing Competition and Creative Writing Top Tips

This competition is only open to people in prison. Publisher Picador and national charity The Reading Agency are holding a 500-word writing competition! This resource contains instructions for entering the competition and creative writing top tips designed for use in prison....

02 December 2020

December 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Books of the Year

It’s been another year of fantastic books and we’re delighted to present our Books of the Year list for 2020 for children and young people. Our staff have chosen their top recommendations of new books from the year. You can...

01 December 2020

Gender Swapped Fairy Tales - Lesson Plan

Once upon a time, in the middle of winter, a King sat at a window and sewed. As he sewed and gazed out onto the landscape, he pricked his finger with the needle, and three drops of blood fell onto...

30 November 2020

Honey for You, Honey for Me – Rhymetime digital event pack

Walker Books have created a fantastic digital pack to help you enjoy and share a new rhyming picture book written and illustrated by the incredible duo, Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell! From Children’s Laureates Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, the bestselling...

27 November 2020

Celebrating 25 years of Guess How Much I Love You - digital Storytime pack

Celebrating 25 years of Guess How Much I Love You Sometimes when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown...

27 November 2020

Football Superstars - Teachers' Notes, activity sheets and poster

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,...

25 November 2020

Research on loneliness Nov 2020

Read more about the variety of research that has been conducted since the beginning of the pandemic and some key findings.

25 November 2020

Reading Well format availability - all 5 schemes

A spreadsheet containing the ISBNs and format availability of all 5 Reading Well booklists.

23 November 2020

Setting up your Reading Ahead 2021 admin account

Thank-you for purchasing your materials for Reading Ahead 2021. Please fill out this form and email it to readingahead@readingagency.org.uk so that we can create your Reading Ahead admin account. You must have purchased either a print or digital core pack to...

20 November 2020

Shuggie Bain - Booker Prize images

Use these images to promote Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, the winner of the 2020 Booker Prize in your library.

18 November 2020

Guiding Principles of Reading Friends

Take a look at the core principles of Reading Friends as no matter the delivery – in person, over the phone or virtual – there are some key aspects which remain the same.

16 November 2020

The History of African and Caribbean Communities in Britain by Dr Hakim Adi - Teachers' Notes

Newly updated, The History of African and Caribbean Communities in Britain explores why people came to Britain, the problems they faced and the contributions these communities have made to British society. Brought to life with case studies and rarely published photographs,...

05 November 2020

A Christmas Gift from Bob discussion and activity guide

Download this free discussion and activity guide from Lionsgate and CILIP (The Library and Information Association) for the new feel-good Christmas film A Christmas Gift from Bob, based on the bestselling book by James Bowen. In 2007, James Bowen was recovering...

05 November 2020

November 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Non-fiction

For Non-Fiction November, we have created a list filled with the best non-fiction for children and young people. There are memoirs, essay collections and books with great advice. You can join in with the conversation online using #NonFictionBooklist and tagging us...

04 November 2020

Reading Friends Celebrating Light Session Plan

A plan for a Reading Friends session to get everyone chatting about light and festivals of light.

04 November 2020

Reading Friends Celebrating Light Resource Pack

This pack provides further ideas and activities to use alongside the Session Plan. It has activities to get everyone chatting about light and festivals of light.

02 November 2020

Children's COVID-19 reading list

A collection of books to help children stay safe, calm, connected and hopeful during the COVID-19 crisis.

28 October 2020

School Assembly PPT presentation - Reading Well for children Wales

An adaptable PowerPoint presentation on Reading Well for children/Darllen yn Well i blant for library staff/teachers to deliver in school assemblies.

26 October 2020

The Reading Agency booklist for ESOL learners

This booklist has been compiled as part of the Reading Ahead with ESOL in prisons project funded by The Bell Foundation together with some guidance provided by NATECLA. Originally created for use in prisons, these books are useful for anyone...

26 October 2020

Reading Guide for The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden, a Sky original tells the story of Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx – Genius, The Little Stranger), a 10-year-old girl sent to live with her uncle Archibald Craven (Colin Firth), under the watchful eye of Mrs. Medlock (Julie...

25 October 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...

19 October 2020

Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew - Teachers' Notes, Book Club resources and author videos

Blood Moon is an extraordinary YA novel in verse about the online shaming of a teenage girl. During astronomy-lover Frankie’s first sexual experience with the quiet and lovely Benjamin, she gets her period. It’s only blood, they agree. But soon...

15 October 2020

A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth by Francesca Gibbons and illustrated by Chris Riddell - a digital pack

It’s time to enter a magical new world. Imogen should be nice to her little sister Marie. She should be nice to her mum’s boyfriend too. And she certainly shouldn’t follow a strange silver moth through a door in a tree....

15 October 2020

The Kid Who Came From Space by Ross Welford - Teachers' Notes

The stunning new 10+ story from the bestselling and award-winning author of TIME TRAVELLING WITH A HAMSTER, for anyone who loved the humour of WALL-E, the action of STAR WARS and the deeply touching emotion of ET. A small village in...

15 October 2020

Social media assets for Lowborn by Kerry Hudson + creative writing guide

Download this free digital pack containing ready-to-use social media assets, an extract from the book and a guide to creative writing written by the author, Kerry Hudson.

12 October 2020

The Reading Agency's toolkit for hosting online events

As events continue to move to online formats, we have created a toolkit to support libraries and other organisations to host their own author Q&As, panel discussions and readings. If you have any questions or would like further information and support,...

12 October 2020

Halloween characters pack from Oxford Children’s Books - digital resources

Oxford University Press have a wickedly witchy set of digital resources for you to download and use this Halloween. Click on the links below to download the resources: - Super Happy Magic Forest: Slug of Doom activity sheet (2+) - Mirabelle Gets Up...