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12 October 2017

Guidance to support reading for pleasure for prisoners with ESOL

This is a document compiled by Jenny Roden and Celine Castelino from NATECLA (National Association for Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults) to accompany their list of book recommendations for people learning English as a Second or Additional Language...

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

10 October 2017

2016-17 Evaluation of Reading Well

2016-17 evaluation of Reading Well Books on Prescription. Research and evaluation completed by BOP consulting.

10 October 2017

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht - A book trailer and craft activity

Pick a Pine Tree Pick a pine tree from the lot – slim and tall, or short and squat! Long straight limbs or branches bent – Mmm! Just smell that piney scent! From Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth creator, Jarvis, and author Patty...

09 October 2017

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero - Teachers' guide

The Dollmaker of Krakow A timeless fantasy set in the Second World War that weaves together magic, folklore and history, perfect for fans of The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goodnight Mister Tom. One night a little...

09 October 2017

Follow the Track All the Way Back by Timothy Knapman - A book trailer

Follow the Track All the Way Back Today is a BIG day for little Train … he’s going out on the track, all by himself, for the very first time! From Ben Mantle and Timothy Knapman, the author of Soon and Time...

06 October 2017

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club - Colour in the scene activity

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club A gorgeously imaginative and snowy middle grade fantasy adventure combining the magic of Peter Pan, the chaos of A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the thrilling icy adventure of Northern Lights. You can read a review from...

06 October 2017

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club - Drawing activity

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club _All of a sudden, the sled rose up over the crest of a hill – and they came face to face with a white, sparkling, magnificent castle. Countless spires and turrets rose up high into the sky,...

06 October 2017

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club - Design your very own crest

Stella joins the Polar Bear Explorers’ Club, Ethan is in the Ocean Squid club. Download this activity sheet and invent your own Explorers’ Club and design a crest below.

06 October 2017

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club - Make an igloo craft activity

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club It sounded like a respectable and worthy enough death for an explorer – tumbling from an ice bridge to be impaled upon a mammoth tusk – but Stella really, really didn’t want that to happen, just...

05 October 2017

Witches and Wizards Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Get in the mood for Halloween with this month’s Witches & Wizards Chatterbooks Activity Pack. There are activities, discussion questions and further reading, inspired by our favourite magical characters.

04 October 2017

Amazing Animals Chatterbooks pack

As it is #WorldAnimalDay we are highlighting a brilliant Amazing Animals Chatterbooks pack that we have. Here are some great stories and picture books about all kinds of animals, plus ideas for activities in your Chatterbooks reading group. Download the pack and...

04 October 2017

Witch for a Week - a brilliant book trailer

Witch for a Week Here is a trailer for a new magical adventure from Kaye Umansky, the bestselling author of the much loved children’s classic Pongwiffy. The book is all about Elsie Pickles and is brought to life with charming illustrations...

29 September 2017

Luna Loves Library Day - reviews activity

Award-winning performance poet Joseph Coehlo has written his first picture book Luna Loves Library Day, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers, publishing this October. This lovely book is based around Luna loving her special time in the library. What better way to engage...

29 September 2017

Luna Loves Library Day - wordearch activity sheet

National Libraries Week (9-14 October) is a chance to discover the range of things you can do at your library, from play and learning for children, to managing your health, to accessing wifi and games, to finding a job, a...

29 September 2017

Luna Loves Library Day - maze activity sheet

Award-winning performance poet Joseph Coehlo has written his first picture book Luna Loves Library Day, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers, publishing this October. Every week Luna looks forward to one special day. The day when she discovers magic among the library...

29 September 2017

Luna Loves Library Day - creating covers activity sheet

“Libraries are more than the buildings or the people or books within them, they are gateways into reading, into writing, into discovering a world beyond that in which we find ourselves. Luna Loves Library Day was inspired by this magic,...

20 September 2017

Toolkit: World Mental Health Day 2017

A toolkit for libraries with ideas for events, displays and activities for World Mental Health Day 2017.

11 September 2017

Jake in Space activity sheets - Teacher notes answers

Jake in Space is a series of sci-fi adventure stories for kids. It’s full of action and suspense, plus a little bit of weird stuff. Jake lives in the future. His home base is a space station on Earth but he travels...

11 September 2017

Jake in Space activity sheets

Jake in Space is a series of sci-fi adventure stories for kids. It’s full of action and suspense, plus a little bit of weird stuff. Jake lives in the future. His home base is a space station on Earth but he travels...

11 September 2017

Chatterbooks FAQs

A list of frequently asked questions and answers about Chatterbooks Children’s Reading Clubs.

06 September 2017

Poetry Chatterbooks Activity Pack 2017

To celebrate National Poetry Day on 28 September, we’ve collaborated with the Forward Arts Foundation to create a new Poetry Chatterbooks Activity Pack. National Poetry Day is an initiative of the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates excellence in...

04 September 2017

Royal Society Young People's Book Prize Chatterbooks Pack

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize aims to inspire young people to read about science and promotes the writing of excellent, accessible books for under-14s. We have created a Chatterbooks Pack featuring this year’s shortlisted titles. There are plenty...

30 August 2017

World Book Night 2017 Programme Review

In 2017 we launched our renewed, targeted model for the programme. The headline findings of our programme review are positive about the impact the new, more targeted model for World Book Night has in encouraging people to read. The findings...

23 August 2017

Keeping Young People Engaged

A guide to keeping young people involved in the library after summer volunteering

22 August 2017

Owl Babies 25th Anniversary book trailer

A trailer for OWL BABIES, the 25th anniversary edition of the classic bedtime picture book from Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. On a tree in the woods, three baby owls, Sarah and Percy and Bill, sit and think and wait for...

22 August 2017

7 Questions for Paul Whitfield

Paul Whitfield, creator of PIRATE MCSNOTTBEARD answers seven pressing questions about his new book series for children. WARNING: THIS VIDEO MAY CONTAIN MULTIPLE PARROTS. It’s perfect for sharing with your class or reading group! About Pirate McSnottbeard in the Zombie Terror Rampage Before...

17 August 2017

They Came from Planet Zabalooloo! book trailer

Watch out, planet Earth! Zoron, Bazoo and Zob have come from Zabalooloo. They’ve got a supersonic-sucker with shrinker nozzle … and they are ready for an EPIC adventure! Share the trailer for THEY CAME FROM PLANET ZABALOOLOO, the new picture book...

02 August 2017

Women in Translation booklist

August is Women in Translation Month. Only a tiny fraction of fiction published in English is translated, and only about a quarter of that translated fiction was originally written by women. For some reason, fiction in translation by women remains...

31 July 2017

FAQs - Reading Well for long term conditions

Answers to library staff frequently asked questions about Reading Well for long term conditions, including: general information, launch support, library involvement and digital resources.