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13 November 2019

Birthday - Book Club Notes

“I’m gonna tell him I’m supposed to be a girl, that I can’t stand being a boy anymore, that I feel like I’m dying a little bit more everyday…” Meet Eric and Morgan. Born on the same day, at the same...

11 November 2019

Quick Reads 2020 downloadable dumpbin header

A downloadable header 285 × 285 that can be printed and used on FSDU’s.

10 November 2019

The Reading Agency Logo

Download The Reading Agency logo for publicity of your Reading Friends projects. Please refer to our branding guidelines on usage.

07 November 2019

Reading Friends How to Set Up Your Volunteers on Online Training

We’ve changed the look of this resource to make it friendlier. You can continue to use the older version if that’s easier for you! Please let us know your feedback.

07 November 2019

November 2019 Children's and young people booklist - Anti-Bullying

This year’s Anti-Bullying Week theme is Change Starts With Us and will be happening from Monday 11 November – Friday 15 November 2019. To help children get a deeper understanding of the effects of bullying and to start conversations on...

06 November 2019

Reading Friends The Lost Words: Session Resource Pack

This pack provides further materials to use alongside the session idea The Lost Words.

06 November 2019

Reading Friends The Lost Words: Session Idea

A plan for a themed Reading Friends session including things to read, look at, and talk about for ‘the lost words’ book by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris.

06 November 2019

The Starless Sea Book Club Kit

A reading group guide and party pack for The Starless Sea, the long-awaited new novel from the author of The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern. This kit includes reading group questions, author Q&A, wordsearch, invitations, templates and more.

05 November 2019

Reading Friends Wonders of Space: Session Resource Pack

It provides further activities alongside the session plans The First Moon Landing 1969 and The Wonders of Space.

05 November 2019

Reading Friends The First Moon Landing 1969: session idea

A plan for a themed Reading Friends session including things to read, look at, and talk about.

05 November 2019

Reading Friends Wonders of Space: Session Idea

A plan for a themed Reading Friends session including things to read, look at, and talk about.

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

The First Christmas Jumper by Ryan Tubridy - Read Along Trailer

The First Christmas Jumper Ryan Tubridy loves Christmas jumpers. He loves them so much he wrote this book – the story of the very first Christmas jumper. It’s got sheep, jelly babies, tractors, Santa Claus, Christmas elves and a LOT of...

04 November 2019

The First Christmas Jumper by Ryan Tubridy - animated trailer

The First Christmas Jumper Ryan Tubridy loves Christmas jumpers. He loves them so much he wrote this book – the story of the very first Christmas jumper. It’s got sheep, jelly babies, tractors, Santa Claus, Christmas elves and a LOT of...

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.

01 November 2019

NaNoWriMo - Debut Novels of 2019

November is National Novel Writing Month, when thousands of novelist around the world focus on their writing. If you’re getting involved and need some inspiration to write your first novel, check out our list of some of our favourite debuts...

31 October 2019

Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht and Jarvis - a book trailer

Pick a pumpkin from the patch – tall and lean or short and fat. Vivid orange, ghostly white, or speckled green, might be just right… Illustrated by the winner of the V&A Best Illustrated Book 2017 It’s Halloween! Which means...

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.

28 October 2019

Reading Ahead 2019-20: Organisation Feedback

Please use the link below to access the organisation feedback survey for Reading Ahead. We want to hear from you about your experiences of delivering Reading Ahead, so we can report on the scale and impact of the programme. Please submit...

28 October 2019

Reading Ahead 2019-20: Have Your Say

We hope you have enjoyed taking part in Reading Ahead 2019-20. For a chance to win a £25 shopping voucher, please tell us about your Reading Ahead experience by answering the quick and easy questions in the survey below. Thank...

17 October 2019

Football School by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton - series trailer

A groundbreaking new series from two bestselling writers that teaches you about the world through football. The first book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads. When do footballers poo? Can...

17 October 2019

Madame Badobedah By Sophie Dahl and Lauren O'Hara - a reading with Sophie Dahl

A timeless story celebrating friendship and imagination, from an exciting new voice in children’s literature. Mabel lives with her parents in The Mermaid Hotel, by the sea. Mabel likes to keep an eye on the comings and goings of all the...

17 October 2019

Madame Badobedah By Sophie Dahl and Lauren O'Hara - author video

Madame Badobedah is a timeless story celebrating friendship and imagination, from an exciting new voice in children’s literature. Mabel lives with her parents in The Mermaid Hotel, by the sea. Mabel likes to keep an eye on the comings and goings...

17 October 2019

The Somerset Tsunami by Emma Carroll - activity pack

A sinking boat. A girl in disguise. A disappearing sea. When Fortune Sharpe carves a boat from a tree with her beloved brother, Gem, she’s only having a bit of fun. But now is not the time for a girl to be drawing...

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.