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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...

22 November 2018

National Prize Draw form for completers

The Reading Agency is offering 11 prizes for completers of Reading Ahead 2018/19 as follows: 1st prize: Bestselling writer Adele Parks, author of 18 Sunday Times bestsellers with a total of more than three million copies sold in the UK, will...

22 November 2018

Learning Providers Prize Draw form

The Reading Agency is offering a prize draw for colleges or other learning providers where a minimum of 40 students have taken part in Reading Ahead 2018/19. A condition for entry is that the learning provider has linked with...

22 November 2018

Workplaces Prize Draw form

The Reading Agency and the Campaign for Learning are working with Transworld Publishers to offer a prize draw for organisations that run both Learning at Work Week and The Reading Agency’s Reading Ahead 2018/19 incentive scheme in workplaces. Organisations...

22 November 2018

Prisons and Young Offender Institutions Prize Draw form

The Reading Agency is offering a prize draw for prisons or YOIs where a minimum of 40 offenders have taken part in Reading Ahead 2018/19. The winning organisation will be offered a visit from a top name author courtesy of...

21 November 2018

Public Libraries Prize Draw form

The Reading Agency is offering a prize draw for public libraries where a minimum of 40 people aged 16 and above and who fall within the main target audience for the programme have taken part in Reading Ahead 2018/19, ie...

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...

01 November 2018

Non-fiction November

It’s Non-fiction November and we’re celebrating with some of our favourite non-fiction books. Do you know why we sleep? Or about how Nike was built up by one man? Find out in some of our top picks, and let us...

31 October 2018

2017/18 Evaluation of Reading Well

2017-18 evaluation of Reading Well Books on Prescription. Research and evaluation completed by BOP consulting.

30 October 2018

Non-Fiction Info Challenge - Chatterbooks Activity Pack

November is Non-Fiction month so we have selected some of our favourite, recent non-fiction books to create an activity pack – perfect for your Chatterbooks sessions. Each of the six books has a discussion question and activity and there are plenty...

30 October 2018

Children and Young People booklist - Non-Fiction

November is National Non-Fiction month so we have loved creating a list of some of our favourite Non-fiction books. We have picked some of the best books to help get children and young people interested or inspired to try new...

24 October 2018

Julius Zebra: Grapple with the Greeks by Gary Northfield - a video

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...

24 October 2018

Get Coding 2! by David Whitney and Duncan Beedie - Event Poster

Are you ready to get coding? Want to take your coding further and learn how to programme popular games such as Snake and Endless Runners? Then join the Lucky Cat Club in Get Coding 2! by David Whitney and Duncan Beedie,...

19 October 2018

Spooky Reads

The days are getting longer so here are some of our suggestions of books to read throughout October. With ghosts, crime and mystery, you won’t be able to sleep at night…

18 October 2018

Roar by Cecelia Ahern - sample chapter

Have you ever imagined a different life? Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided? Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar? The women in these startlingly original stories are all of us: the women who befriend us, the...

18 October 2018

Roar by Cecelia Ahern - a Readers' Guide

Have you ever imagined a different life? Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided? Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar? The women in these startlingly original stories are all of us: the women who befriend us, the...

16 October 2018

Skycircus by Peter Bunzl - Activity sheets

Skycircus by Peter Bunzl Roll up roll up! Calamity and courage meet in this Victorian showstopper bursting with invention and adventure. Perfect for fans of The Greatest Showman and Mortal Engines. When a travelling skycircus arrives in Brackenbridge, Lily and Robert...