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27 October 2021

Anisha, Accidental Detective: Show Stoppers by Serena Patel - Diwali Gift box activity

Anisha Accidental Detective is back with her latest HILARIOUS detective case. It’s nearly Diwali, and Anisha’s whole family are causing even more chaos than usual. And to add to the stress, her class only have one week to put on...

26 October 2021

The Chime Seekers by Ross Montgomery - digital resources (Teachers' Notes and Discussion Guide)

Step into a world of faerie tricks and hidden danger… When an evil faerie steals Yanni’s baby sister and swaps her for a Changeling, Yanni is swept into a dangerous race against time to get her back. For faeries delight in tricks...

25 October 2021

The Boy With Wings by Lenny Henry and Kennon Ferrell - Digital Resources (including comic activity)!

Let Your Imagination Fly: The Boy With Wings Macmillan Children’s Books are excited to introduce The Boy With Wings, the new children’s book by comedy legend, Lenny Henry for readers of 9 to 12. Illustrated throughout by Keenon Ferrell, it includes...

22 October 2021

The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling and Jim Field - digital activity pack

One boy and his toy are about to change everything… Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve, something terrible happens – DP is lost. But Christmas...

19 October 2021

A History of the World in 25 Cities – digital activity pack and competition!

From the walled city of ancient Jericho to the modern-day metropolis of Tokyo, explore the world with this stunningly illustrated book of extraordinary city maps! Co-authored by award-winning children’s authors Tracey Turner and Andrew Donkin in consultation with specialist curators at...

19 October 2021

What Works Well

This resource includes ideas and tips on what types of activities and reading materials have worked well in Reading Friends sessions. Please let us know at readingfriends@readingagency.org.uk if anything else has worked well for you.

13 October 2021

The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman Session Ideas

This resource includes a Q&A with Julietta Henderson, author of “The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman” as well as discussion questions and an activity sheet that can be used to spark conversation in Reading Friends sessions.

06 October 2021

Ten Minutes to Bedtime series - activity pack

No.1 bestselling Ten Minutes to Bed series has been written specifically to help little ones settle down for bedtime. This bestselling bedtime series has sold one million copies worldwide! Follow the loveable characters as they go on adventures and have lots...

04 October 2021

The Wild Before by Piers Torday - digital pack and competition

Can one hare alone change the world? The captivating animal adventure destined to be loved by readers of all ages. One stormy, snowy night, a pure silver calf is born on an ordinary muddy farm by the light of the moon....

02 October 2021

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler - digital pack

Happy Birthday, Room on the Broom! We’re celebrating 20 years since the publication of the wonderful Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until...

30 September 2021

Rules for Vampires by Alex Foulkes and Sara Ogilvie - digital pack

Straighten your cape and sharpen your claws… being a vampire is harder than it looks! There are highs and lows to being a vampire. On one claw, you get cool powers like beastly strength and hypnotism and the ability to Grimwalk. On...

30 September 2021

Shadowghast by Thomas Taylor - Discussion Guide

A creepy magician with a shadowy act. A legend that goes back to the dawn of time. Eerie-on-Sea just got stranger. And darker… On the eve of Ghastly Night, a hypnotic stage magician, Caliastra, checks in to Eerie-on-Sea’s Grand Nautilus Hotel....

29 September 2021

Empress and Aniya writing competition for young people in Lewisham!

The Reading Agency and inclusive publisher Knights Of are asking young people aged 11 to 16 who live or go to school in the London Borough of Lewisham to tell us why their best friend is great. The winner will receive...

28 September 2021

Celebrate Halloween with Oxford Children’s Books - digital packs

Oxford Children’s Books have a spectacularly spooky pack on offer this Halloween featuring young superhero, Kitty – a girl with feline super powers, children’s favourites Winnie the Witch and her pet cat Wilbur and Isadora Moon and her naughty half...

24 September 2021

October, October by Katya Balen - digital resources

‘Quite simply one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read’ Kiran Millwood Hargrave October and her dad live in the woods. They know the trees and the rocks and the lake and stars like best friends. They live in the...

24 September 2021

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston – digital resources

Amari Peters knows three things. Her big brother Quinton has gone missing. No one will talk about it. His mysterious job holds a clue… So when she’s invited for a trial at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, Amari is certain this is her chance...

24 September 2021

Wild World Heroes Sudoku (Welsh)

Download the Wild World Heroes themed sudoku puzzle sheets in Welsh.

16 September 2021

100 Poets by John Carey Reading Group Questions

John Carey has compiled a short, uniquely valuable anthology of verse based on a simple principle: select the one hundred greatest poets from across the centuries, and then choose their very best poems. Here are some book club questions to...

15 September 2021

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Reading Group Questions

Readers questions for the award winning All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. WINNER OF THE 2015 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR FICTION A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about...

14 September 2021

Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave - Classroom resources

A captivating, powerful and luminous story from a bestselling, award-winning author about a mother, a daughter, and the great Greenland shark. With mesmerising black and yellow illustrations and presented as a deluxe hardback with tracing paper inserts, this is a...

14 September 2021

No Man's Land by Joanna Nadin - reading group digital pack

A heart-warming, heart-breaking story of love, bravery and finding a new way to live, No Man’s Land is the brilliant new novel from Joanna Nadin, the acclaimed author of Joe All Alone. ‘I could feel it coming. War, I mean. Creeping...

06 September 2021

The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones - Classroom Resources

The Amazing Edie Eckhart is the start of a brand-new middle grade series from comedian and writer Rosie Jones, featuring a funny, feisty central character who just happens to have cerebral palsy – like Rosie herself. Rosie was inspired to...

02 September 2021

You Will Be Okay by Julie Stokes – School Resources

Hachette Children’s Books have created an essential handbook to provide comfort and guidance for children aged 8+ experiencing loss. About the book The death of a parent, sibling or friend is one of the most traumatic experiences for a child and it...

01 September 2021

National Reading Group Day Chatterbooks pack

In this Chatterbooks activity pack you’ll find some great suggestions for Chatterbooks groups to celebrate National Reading Group Day together. National Reading Group Day is on 14 September, but you can use the pack at any time. The activities are...

27 August 2021

Reading Friends National Reading Group Day 2021

To celebrate National Reading Group Day on 14 September 2021, we have created this pack working with Manilla Press including an extract from the story and discussion questions to use in Reading Friends sessions.

20 August 2021

Wild World Heroes Treasure Hunt (Welsh)

This is the Welsh Language Activity Sheet to go with the 10 Character Treasure Hunt. Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2021. Libraries should contact their local Summer Reading Challenge coordinator(s)...

19 August 2021

Celebrate International Dot Day - Day to celebrate creativity on 15 September

Celebrate International Dot Day on 15th-ish September! International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. Now, every 15-ish September,...

18 August 2021

Wash Your Hands, Mr Panda by Steve Antony - digital resources

Soap? . . . Check. Water? . . . Check. Towel? . . . Check. Are you ready to wash your hands, Mr Panda? Join Mr Panda and friends as they learn all about hand washing, sneeze catching and other good hygiene practices. With a...

13 August 2021

Reading Friends Quick Reads 2021 Discussion Guides

This resource contains discussion questions for Quick Reads’ 2021 collection. You can borrow Quick Reads from your local library, or purchase from The Reading Agency’s bookshop. Find out more about Quick Reads here: https://readingagency.org.uk/adults/quick-guides/quick-reads/

11 August 2021

Wild World Heroes Character Quiz

Find out which of our heroes you are most like with the Wild World Heroes Character Quiz! Answer the questions and count how many of each letter you chose.