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06 December 2018

The Reading Agency Books of the Year - Young People booklist

Our books of 2018 – Young People Every year, the staff at The Reading Agency enjoy picking and sharing our favourite books for children and young people. We have three different booklists of the books we have loved the most...

06 December 2018

The Reading Agency Books of the Year - Middle Grade books booklist

Our books of 2018 – Middle Grade Every year, the staff at The Reading Agency enjoy picking and sharing our favourite books for children and young people. We have three different booklists of the books we have loved the most from...

06 December 2018

Santa Claus vs The Easter Bunny by Fred Blunt - An activity pack and competition

Who will win, Santa or The Easter Bunny? Get a peek behind the scenes and find out how the holidays really happen in Fred Blunt’s brilliant new picture book Santa Claus VS The Easter Bunny! The book follows what happens when...

06 December 2018

The Reading Agency Books of the Year - Picture and Illustrated books booklist

Our books of 2018 – Picture and Illustrated Books Every year, the staff at The Reading Agency enjoy picking and sharing our favourite books for children and young people. We have three different booklists of the books we have loved the...

06 December 2018

Reading is magic poster

Discover a love of reading with these top tips from Cressida Cowell, author and illustrator of the popular How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once books.

06 December 2018

Cressida Cowell's top tips for parents

Help your child discover the magic of reading with this handy one-page guide from the award-winning children’s author.

06 December 2018

ROGO 2018 Best practice guide

The Read On. Get On. (ROGO) coalition has created this best practice guide to help primary schools address the gender gap in children’s reading enjoyment. The guide has been developed in response to the findings of the ROGO Index 2018.

06 December 2018

ROGO Index 2018

The ROGO Index 2018 provides a holistic view of how well 11-year-olds in England are reading. Download this document for a comprehensive breakdown of children’s cognitive reading skills, affective processes and reading behaviours

04 December 2018

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia in Wales: Interactive prescriber leaflet (Welsh)

A Welsh-language digital version of the user leaflet for Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia. The prescriber can digitally select titles from the list, then print the leaflet. The leaflet also provides information about how the scheme works, resources available...

04 December 2018

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia in Wales: Interactive prescriber leaflet (English)

An English-language digital version of the user leaflet for Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia. The prescriber can digitally select titles from the list, then print the leaflet. The leaflet also provides information about how the scheme works, resources available...

29 November 2018

Winnie and Wilbur: The Santa Surprise - Gingerbread biscuit recipe

Winnie and Wilbur As they get ready for Christmas Winnie and Wilbur go an epic quest to make sure Santa gets a present, too. A brand new story in a fabulous gift format with stylish limited palette illustrations, this is the...

29 November 2018

Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic by Harriet Muncaster - activity ideas

Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic Isadora Moon is special because she’s different. Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she’s a bit of both. Isadora loves playing in the snow, especially when her creations come to...

29 November 2018

Lucy's Search for Little Star by Anne Booth - activity sheet

Lucy’s Search for Little Star Lucy is on holiday with her family when she meets a curious little kitten called Star. He’s a tiny little thing and he follows her everywhere. Christmas is drawing near and the snow begins to...

29 November 2018

Super Frozen Magic Forest by Matty Long - A colouring sheet

Frozen Magic Forest Super Happy Magic Forest is a prize-winning series for budding fantasy fans. In this latest title, winter is coming – and the residents of the forest do not like it one little bit. The snow is too cold,...

28 November 2018

Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne - downloadable kindness resources

Spread the kindness virus with your own Prime Numbers group inspired by Holly Bourne’s latest release, Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? “I think about prime numbers. How they don’t bend and shape themselves just so they can divide nicely into...

28 November 2018

The Dog Who Found Sorrow by Rūta Briede - activity pack

Finding feelings with the Emma Press This activity pack accompanies The Dog Who Found Sorrow: a reflective, lyrical picture book which takes readers on a journey of emotion. Rūta Briede’s story is a strange little parable about a dog who one...

27 November 2018

Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration - video

Helen Oxenbury A fascinating, beautiful and definitive account of the life of esteemed artist Helen Oxenbury. Filled with insights that span Helen Oxenbury’s life, from her early childhood through a unique career in children’s books that began in 1964 and is...

27 November 2018

The First Christmas Jumper by Ryan Tubridy - author reading

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...

26 November 2018

Giraffe Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith - book trailer

Giraffe Problems Penguins aren’t the only animal out there with problems, oh no… From Jory John and Lane Smith, the winner of the 2017 Kate Greenaway Medal, comes a laugh-out-loud companion to the acclaimed Penguin Problems. Edward the giraffe can’t understand why...

23 November 2018

Julius Zebra Grapple with the Greeks by Gary Northfield - book trailer

Julius Zebra Grapple with the Greeks The fourth title in Gary Northfield’s exciting, action-packed and hysterically funny series brimming with entertaining Greek facts. In the much-anticipated fourth Julius Zebra book, Grapple with the Greeks!, demi-god Heracles promises Julius and his chums a...

16 November 2018

Debuts of 2018

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? If you need a bit of writing inspiration to get your big debut out, take a look at our favourite debuts of 2018: Mostyn Thomas and the Big Rave by Richard Williams Pieces of Me by Natalie Hart The...

12 November 2018

Running a Book Club Quick Guide to Chatterbooks

This handbook tells you what you need to know about setting up and running a successful Chatterbooks club

07 November 2018

The Reading Agency booklists for ESOL learners

Here are two booklists compiled as part of the Reading Ahead with ESOL in prisons project funded by The Bell Foundation together with some guidance provided by NATECLA. These are useful for anyone working with young people and adults with...

07 November 2018

Words and Memories: Creative writing by ESOL learners

This collection of writing by prisoners whose first language is not English was produced over the course of six workshops in three UK prisons – HMP Downview, HMP High Down and HMP Thameside – between May and July 2018. ...

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...

02 November 2018

Self Care Week 2018 library toolkit

A toolkit for library staff to promote Self Care Week 2018.

02 November 2018

A Darkness of Dragons - Teacher resource and activity pack

A Darkness of Dragons In a world of dragons, song spells, pipers and battles… Patch Brightwater is a boy in disgrace. Thrown in jail for playing a forbidden spell, he is no one’s idea of a hero. But then he discovers a...

02 November 2018

A Society of Readers - executive summary

A new report that we commissioned from leading independent think tank Demos lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the...

02 November 2018

A Society of Readers

A new report lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the full report and share your thoughts on Twitter and...