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12 June 2020

Starfell by Dominique Valente and Sarah Warburton - Digital Activity Pack

Step into the magical world of Starfell in the most spellbinding children’s fantasy series of the year! With beautiful illustrations by Sarah Warburton, Dominique Valente’s Starfell is perfect for fans of Cressida Cowell and Nevermoor. Willow Moss, the youngest and least...

10 June 2020

Silly Squad Activity Sheet: Join the Squad

Children can draw themselves as part of the Silly Squad with this activity sheet poster

04 June 2020

Colouring resource: Poster by Johanna Basford

Print off this super silly poster from the queen of colouring Johanna Basford, and then follow along with her colouring-in tips on the Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page!

04 June 2020

Kiran Millwood Hargrave reading notes, videos and activities

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is the author of three Chicken House novels – The Girl of Ink & Stars, The Island at the End of Everything and The Way Past Winter. Between them, her children’s books have won numerous awards including...

04 June 2020

Who Let the Gods Out? reading notes, videos and activities

Maz is the author of the bestselling middle-grade series Who Let the Gods Out? – perfect for ages eight and up. The relentless and fast-paced series comprises four books, and is full to bursting with Ancient Greek mythology, adventure and...

03 June 2020

Beetle Boy reading notes, videos and activities

M. G. Leonard is the author of Beetle Boy, Beetle Queen and Battle of the Beetles – a middle-grade series that is ideal for children aged eight and up. Grounded in entomology, the Beetle Boy series is mysterious, thrilling, and...

01 June 2020

Funny Fiction Chatterbooks activity pack

Ahead of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge when we will all get silly we’re celebrating all things funny. Here’s our Funny Fiction Chatterbooks pack with a bumper collection of some of the latest funny books for children…and some old favourites....

28 May 2020

Schools Pack for Summer Reading Challenge 2020

If you are wondering how your school can get involved take a look at our Schools Pack for Summer Reading Challenge 2020.

20 May 2020

Reading Friends Telephone session example

One idea of what a telephone reading befriending session could look like. But remember the conversations might take other directions and that’s fine!

19 May 2020

This Is Going To Hurt: Diary Writing Challenge

This activity sheet has been designed for use alongside reading the Quick Reads version of Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt. It provides inspiration and a framework for starting a diary.

14 May 2020

The Dinoteks - Reading Notes and Activities

The Dinoteks by NS Blackman is a beautifully illustrated chapter book for young readers and an excellent read aloud story for families and teachers to share. It is proven to encourage reading for pleasure in both reluctant and enthusiastic readers. The...

06 May 2020

Reading Friends VE Day Resource Pack

Useful links and activity ideas to celebrate VE Day’s 75th anniversary over the bank holiday weekend.

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 April 2020

Penned By A Prisoner Daily Writing Challenge (days 21-30)

Resources for days 21 – 30 of the Penned By A Prisoner daily writing challenge created by HMP Brixton. Tweet #PennedByAPrisoner to share writing. Some of the challenges are in collaboration with PACT, a charity that support prisoners and their families...

15 April 2020

A Moon Girl Stole My Friend - activity pack

Imagine that it’s 2099 and the world looks very different! Download this pack and get busy designing technology and clothing for the future in these activities inspired by Rebecca Patterson’s funny futuristic young fiction books, A Moon Girl Stole My...

15 April 2020

Animal colouring sheets

Get creative with these colouring sheets inspired by three brand new picture books, all published this month: Clem and Crab by Fiona Lumbers, Super Sloth by Robert Starling and A Fox Called Herbert by Margaret Sturton

06 April 2020

Penned By A Prisoner Daily Writing Challenge (days 11-20)

Resources for days 11 – 20 of the Penned By A Prisoner daily writing challenge created by HMP Brixton. Tweet #PennedByAPrisoner to share writing.

06 April 2020

Penned By A Prisoner Drawing Challenge 2

Second drawing challenge for those who struggle with literacy and/ or prefer art created by HMP Brixton. Tweet #PennedByAPrisoner to share art.

31 March 2020

Brain Games: Free Downloadable Learning Resources

The perfect books and brain games for your Bright Spark or Clever Kid! Compiled by puzzle master and author of hundreds of puzzle books Dr Gareth Moore, the Bright Sparks (for ages 7-9) and Clever Kids (for ages 9-11) series will...

31 March 2020

The Farm - Book Club Kit

The Farm was chosen for the Radio 2 Book Club. Ambitious businesswoman Mae Yu runs Golden Oaks – a luxury retreat transforming the fertility industry – where women get the very best of everything, so long as they play by the...

31 March 2020

Adventure on Trains: The Highland Falcon Thief by MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman - Wordsearch

Adventures on Trains is a major mystery series from bestselling authors M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman. First stop, The Highland Falcon Thief, a breathless train journey full of deceptions, puzzles and clues to solve. Harrison Beck is reluctantly joining his travel-writer...

31 March 2020

Morag Hood - Reading Notes and Activities

Bold, bright and brilliant join the colourful world of Morag Hood. All Morag Hood’s books are great for storytelling sessions but also provide a great stepping-off point for further discussion, retelling and art activities. You could create a ‘Steves’ beak...

31 March 2020

The Beekeeper of Aleppo - Reading Group questions

The Beekeeper of Aleppo was chosen for the Radio 2 Book Club. Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the...

27 March 2020

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession - Discussion Questions

Leonard and Hungry Paul are two friends who see the world differently. They use humour, board games and silence to steer their way through the maelstrom that is the 21st century. ‘The figure in Munch’s painting isn’t actually screaming!’ Hungry Paul...

27 March 2020

Penned By A Prisoner Drawing Challenge 1

Drawing challenge for those who struggle with literacy and/ or prefer art created by HMP Brixton. Tweet #PennedByAPrisoner to share art.

27 March 2020

Penned By A Prisoner Daily Writing Challenge (days 1-10)

Resources for days 1 – 10 of the Penned By A Prisoner daily writing challenge created by HMP Brixton. Tweet #PennedByAPrisoner to share writing.

26 March 2020

Dear Earth - letter writing activity

Little Tiger Press are highlighting the fragility and wonder of our world with their brilliant Dear Earth campaign, which offers a fantastic way to link together picture book aged readers and this year’s Earth Day on 22 April. They would...

26 March 2020

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - celebrating 30 years

*We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. Will you come too?* We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, started a publishing phenomenon 30 years ago with readers swishy-swashying and...

26 March 2020

All the World's a Stage Chatterbooks pack

The 27 March is World Theatre Day and to celebrate we have created a Chatterbooks pack with six of our favourite children’s books which have provided inspiration for theatre productions. You can find out more about some of our picks on...

25 March 2020

Awesomely Austen - Book Club Pack

Meet your new favourite heroines – they’re bold, brilliant and totally awesome! Fresh, funny and accessible retellings of Jane Austen’s classic stories, with witty black and white illustrations throughout. The perfect way to discover Austen for the first time, this bright...