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09 December 2019

The Reading Agency Books 2019 - Children and young people booklist

Every year, the staff at The Reading Agency enjoy picking and sharing our favourite books for children and young people. We have three booklists of the books we have loved the most from 2019: picture and illustrated books, books for...

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...

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...

04 October 2019

Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur - National Libraries Week poster (exclusive poem)

SOPHIA THAKUR ‘STORIES’ Celebrate Libraries Week with an exclusive poem reflecting on the power of stories and the joy of reading written specially for libraries by acclaimed performance poet Sophia Thakur. Described by Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U...

26 September 2019

October 2019 Children's and Young People booklist - Powerful Poetry

To help you celebrate National Poetry Day on 3 October, we have created a booklist of our favourite works of poetry for children and young people. There are classics as well as newly published books – all selected to help...

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...

05 September 2019

Winter Mini Challenge 2019 - Promotional Assets

We’re snow excited to be teaming up with our publisher partner Oxford Children’s Books for a brrr-illiant Pugs of the Frozen North themed Mini Challenge! Pugs of the Frozen North is an action-packed adorable-pug-filled adventure from Philip Reeve and...

06 August 2019

September 2019 Children's and Young People booklist - Back to School Books

Our September booklist for children and young people is a selection of our favourite books either set in a school or about starting a new academic year. It includes picture books, guides for teenagers, a graphic novel and some amazing...

09 July 2019

Space Chase Family Favourites Activity Sheet

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge for children celebrates 50 years since the first Moon landing, making it the perfect theme to inspire readers of all ages. Use this activity sheet to create a record of the books you’re enjoying and to...

27 March 2019

March 2019 Young People's booklist - All the World's a Stage

Today is World Theatre Day so we have created a booklist of some of our favourite books for young people that were adapted into a theatre production, tv show or film. We have selected six books for young people to read...

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...

28 February 2019

Setting up a youth volunteering offer

A guide to starting a youth volunteering offer from scratch, either during the Summer Reading Challenge or year-round. This pack will be useful to libraries that want to start working with young volunteers in a sustainable way. This pack covers the...

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 www.readinghack.org.uk a volunteering guide for young people, a sample volunteer agreement form

21 February 2019

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas - author video

Angie Thomas, the award-winning author of The Hate U Give, is back with On the Come Up, a powerful story about hip hop, prejudice and fighting for your dreams. Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all...

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”...

05 February 2019

Using the Reading Hack Website

A simple guide to navigating our young people’s website, www.readinghack.org.uk. 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.

01 February 2019

February 2019 Young People's booklist - Letters, Diaries and Memoirs

Our February Young People’s booklist – Letters, Diaries and Memoirs This month we have created a booklist of some of our favourite books for young people that are either written in diary or letter form or are a memoir. We have...

08 January 2019

January 2019 Young People's booklist - Epic Tales (Myths and legends)

Our January Young People’s booklist – Myths and Legends This month we have been thinking about myths and legends and modern retellings of these stories. We have selected six books for young people which include three novels, two graphic novels and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

04 October 2018

Children and Young People booklist - Spine-tinglers

Children and Young People booklist for October 2018 Spine-tinglers This month we have selected our favourite Spine-tinglers and Spooky Stories. What does ‘spine-tingling’ mean to you? Often we first of all think ‘scary’ – something that will make us shiver with fear –...

04 October 2018

Spine-tinglers Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Here is our Spine-tinglers Chatterbooks pack. It is filled with activities based upon Spine-tinglers and Spooky Stories. What does ‘spine-tingling’ mean to you? Often we first of all think ‘scary’ – something that will make us shiver with fear – but...

06 September 2018

Children and Young People booklist - Perfect Poetry Picks

Children and Young People booklist for September 2018 Perfect Poetry Picks This month we have selected our Perfect Poetry Picks. We’re getting in the mood to celebrate National Poetry Day on the 4th of October! We have selected some of our favourite poems...

22 May 2018

Big Bones by Laura Dockrill - Live out loud: Secondary School resources packs and competition

This resource pack is based on Big Bones, a vibrant and bold teen novel from writer and performance poet Laura Dockrill. It is a coming-of-age story about self-appreciation, body-confidence and learning how to love yourself and others – and it will...

19 March 2018

Scythe by Neal Shusterman - a book trailer

In a perfect world, what is there left to fear? A chilling and thought-provoking sci-fi novel from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman. A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is...

29 January 2018

Fundraising for Young People's Projects

This guide is full of ideas and advice for generating funds for one-off projects and events. It can be used by young people or library staff.

15 January 2018

Reading Hack Evaluation Guide

Evaluation is crucial to help us understand, measure and report the impact that Reading Hack has on young people and delivery partners. Please read this evaluation guide for more information about completing the Reading Hack evaluation surveys. In summary: Participating library authorities...

12 October 2017

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Ideas Pack

Working with DofE volunteers? This pack includes sample volunteer roles, an introduction to the Award and a letter template to help with recruitment