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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...

23 July 2020

Beyond Words: Coping with Coronavirus Picture Stories

Free picture stories and illustrated guides to support people with learning disabilities and autism through the coronavirus pandemic. Take a look at the Beyond Words books for: Beating the Virus Mental health, end of life and bereavement Secure settings Here: https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/coping-with-coronavirus/#secure-settings

19 May 2020

This Is Going To Hurt: Diary Writing Challenge

This activity sheet has been designed for use alongside reading the Quick Reads version of Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt. It provides inspiration and a framework for starting a diary.

30 April 2020

The Reading Agency Hub

Here you can access The Reading Agency at home. You’ll find ideas, activities and challenges from across our programmes to entertain and educate yourself, your family or those you are teaching remotely. The activities will be refreshed every couple of weeks...

27 March 2020

Penned By A Prisoner Drawing Challenge 1

Drawing challenge for those who struggle with literacy and/ or prefer art created by HMP Brixton. Tweet #PennedByAPrisoner to share art.

27 March 2020

Penned By A Prisoner Daily Writing Challenge (days 1-10)

Resources for days 1 – 10 of the Penned By A Prisoner daily writing challenge created by HMP Brixton. Tweet #PennedByAPrisoner to share writing.

21 January 2020

The Monster Writing (A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness) - guide

Walker Books have an exciting creative writing challenge called THE MONSTER CHALLENGE. ‘Stories are important. Stories can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.’ Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls Are you a young person with a passion for telling...

20 January 2020

Quick Reads Fortune Teller

Print this fortune teller and fold it following the instructions on the second page of the document to create a fun resource to help you engage readers with the new Quick Reads list. You can use it in your display...

20 January 2020

Quick Reads Learning Resources

Quick Reads are often seen as suitable for those at Entry 3, Level 1 or Level 2. They can be used both as a first read or to work towards to as a final goal, depending on the starting level...

18 September 2019

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave - Discussion Questions and book trailer

Gothic, feminist and romantic – The Deathless Girls is the untold story of the brides of Dracula, breathtakingly imagined by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars. On the eve of her divining, the day...

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....

05 March 2019

Fated by Teri Terry - discussion questions

I’m just one girl. What can I do? Sam’s cosy life as daughter of the Deputy Prime Minister is about to end. These are turbulent times. Borders have closed and protests are turning violent. The government blames the country’s youth, and...

19 February 2019

PROUD - Reader Discussion Notes and Teaching Resource Guide

PROUD is an exciting anthology of brand new stories and poetry by YA authors and illustrators exploring the theme of pride. PROUD is a rainbow-riotous celebration of LGBTQ+ talent and is the perfect book to discuss during “LGBT History Month”...

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing Activity 12 Fold-over story

Handout for Activity 12

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing Activity 9 International Etiquette Quiz

Handout for Activity 9

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing Activity 6 Alphabet poem

Handout for Activity 6

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing Activity 4 Reflections on learning English

Handout for Activity 4

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing Activity 3 Jokes and riddles

Handout for Activity 3

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing Activity 2 Flashcards of sayings

Handout for Activity 2

07 November 2018

ESOL Creative writing in prison materials pack

This is a pack of guidance for anyone wanting to run a creative writing workshop with prisoners whose first language is not English. It includes a powerpoint, notes for workshop leaders, guidance for workshop assistants and several handouts for...

07 November 2018

Creative activities for using with Reading Ahead for prisoners with ESOL

These seven documents provide a wide range of activities for using alongside Reading Ahead for prisoners with English as a Second Language or Additional Language. They have been created by David Kendall as part of a project funded by...

07 November 2018

Creative Activity 6 Reading Ahead Bingo

Playing with words.

07 November 2018

Creative Activity 4 First lines

Writing your own first line.

07 November 2018

Creative Activity 3 Reader vocabulary

Learning the words with which to talk and write about what you read.

07 November 2018

Creative Activity 2

Using book covers to spark discussion.

07 November 2018

Creative Activity 1 Know your emotions

Using poems to spark different emotions.

07 November 2018

Introduction to creative activities for prisoners with ESOL

This is an overview of how reading for pleasure can be used alongside our Reading Ahead programme for prisoners with English as a Second or Additional Language (ESOL).

16 October 2017

Linwood Barclay’s Secret Mission digital resources

Linwood Barclay’s Secret Mission – CHASE Hachette Children’s Group and Orion Books are celebrating the publication of Linwood Barclay’s first novel for children, CHASE, and his new paperback, Parting Shot, by providing these great digital resources for libraries. Hachette Children’s Group and...

06 April 2017

'The Hate U Give' Discussion Questions

Reading guide and discussion questions for ‘The Hate U Give’, a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was...

30 January 2017

Looking for Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman: Quick Reads learning resource

These resources have been designed for those using Quick Reads independently, as well as for those using Quick Reads in a group.