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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,...

10 October 2020

Launch toolkit: Reading Well for children CYM & ENG

Launch toolkit for libraries – CYM and ENG

02 October 2020

Darllen yn Well i blant Trosolwg o’r teitlau / Overview of the titles CYM

Darllen yn Well i blant Trosolwg o’r teitlau Overview of the titles CYM

23 July 2020

Education & Training Foundation ESOL for Refugees: resources for new arrivals

Visit the Education & Training foundation for resources and teaching materials to support ESOL learners and specifically refugees. These resources aim to help ESOL practitioners better meet the early integration needs of refugees who are New to ESOL i.e. working below,...

13 July 2020

Reading Well fact sheet

Fact sheet about Reading Well, to use for activation and commissioning.

03 July 2020

Silly Squad Core Pack Guide

A comprehensive guide to the Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge Core Pack poster and stickers. All illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020 Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. Libraries should contact...

04 June 2020

Schools Get Involved Guide for Reading Well

A guide for schools who want to get involved with Reading Well.

29 May 2020

Reading Friends Volunteer Training

Access the volunteer training modules. Access Training (Login required)

28 May 2020

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.

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...

29 January 2020

Quick Reads Promotion Toolkit 2020

Quick Reads are available to order now and will be published on 20 February. We will be celebrating throughout the week 17-21 February. Whether you’re a library, workplace, prison or learning provider, we’ve gathered together some ideas in this pack...

22 November 2019

Reading Friends project plan

Keep your Reading Friends project on track day-to-day with this editable plan for your key milestones. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to edit.

21 November 2019

Reading Friends project starter checklist

A handy checklist of things you’ll need to consider when setting up a new Reading Friends project.

20 November 2019

Reading Friends risk assessment

A useful tool to help think through, record and reduce any risks involved in delivering Reading Friends.

13 June 2019

Reading Well Wales: prescriber guidelines

Guidelines for prescribers delivering Reading Well Books on Prescription in Wales

10 May 2019

Reading Friends volunteer agreement template

Template that clearly sets out expectations and boundaries for volunteers. Can include local information. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to edit.

12 April 2019

Reading Friends volunteer role description

Provides potential volunteers with key information on what’s involved in the role. Editable for local information.

12 April 2019

Reading Friends volunteer application form

A template for local Reading Friends projects to adapt and use with people interested in volunteering. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to edit.

10 April 2019

Reading Friends volunteer diary

An A5 booklet to capture and reflect on experiences as a Reading Friends volunteer.

28 February 2019

Summer Volunteering Training Toolkit

Resources to support libraries in training young volunteers during the Summer Reading Challenge and year-round. This pack includes: a training presentation for young people, a training guide for library staff, a guide to using a volunteering guide for young people, a sample volunteer agreement form

05 February 2019

Using the Reading Hack Website

A simple guide to navigating our young people’s website, This guide includes how to create a profile, join a hack, log volunteering hours, and download a skills letter. It can be used by library staff or young people.

10 January 2019

Reading Friends Project Toolkit for England

A Toolkit containing practical information about how to get going, what is involved in local delivery, and how to maintain a safe and effective project. View Toolkit (Login required)

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

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...

07 September 2018

World Mental Health Day Libraries Week 2018 toolkit

A toolkit for library staff to promote World Mental Health Day and Libraries Week.

07 August 2018

A First Book of the Sea by By Nicola Davies - Teachers' notes

A stunning anthology that blends poetry and information about the sea, from an award-winning team. From Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton, the multi award-winning team behind Tiny and Lots, comes a spellbinding collection of poems about the oceans of the...

25 April 2018

Reading Well delivery model

Guidelines for sites to deliver Reading Well, including information about book selection.

25 April 2018

Toolkit for setting up local health partnerships

A toolkit with template documents useful for building local health partnerships.