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05 May 2022

The Reading Agency's May Booklist for Children & Young People - Local and Community History Month

Local and Community History Month is a fantastic opportunity for children to learn about the history of where they live but also that of countries and cultures around the world. The books in this list hop from ancient Arabia and...

12 April 2022

The Reading Agency's April Booklist for Children & Young People - Autism

We have created a list of brilliant books for children and young people written predominantly by autistic authors and representing a diverse range of experiences, stories and voices. We have used identity first language (autistic) in line with current best...

02 March 2022

The Reading Agency's March Booklist for Children & Young People: Wonder Women

To mark International Women’s Day (8 March) and celebrate the achievements, triumphs and general brilliance of women and girls around the world, we have created a booklist for children and young people. From Paralympic swimmers to pioneering footballers, a 19th...

13 January 2022

The Reading Agency's February Booklist for Children and Young People - LGBT+ History Month

Discover The Reading Agency’s February booklist for children and young people celebrating the voices and stories of the LGBT+ community. With titles for a broad range of ages focusing on families, romance, grief, identity and self-love, transporting readers from an...

04 January 2022

Children and Young People's January Booklist: Hope

After an exceptionally challenging two years, The Reading Agency had compiled a booklist for children and young people centred around the theme of ‘hope’. From a picture book about the joys of being part of a blended family, to thoughtfully...

25 November 2021

The Reading Agency's Books of the Year! Children & Young People

At The Reading Agency, we have read a lot of brilliant books over the past year; books that have made us laugh, cry and get through those challenging lockdown months. Members of our team have picked the children’s book that...

21 October 2021

November Booklist for Children & Young People - Noteworthy Non-fiction

National Non-fiction November is the month to celebrate factual children’s books, from shocking science to incredible histories. Discover a range of titles for early readers through to young adults and encourage them to open a book and their minds!

06 October 2021

Children and Young People's October Booklist: Perfect Poetry

Celebrate National Poetry Day on 7 October 2021 – and every day! – with this fantastic selection of poetry collections, anthologies and verse novels for all ages.

01 October 2021

October 2021 Children's and Young People booklist - Brilliant books by Black authors and illustrators

As October is Black History Month, we have created a booklist of 86 brilliant books created by Black authors and illustrators. There is something for everyone with fantastic poetry, graphic novels, fiction and non-fiction titles. You can join in with...

25 August 2021

100 recommended reads from Peters

Need inspiration for your primary class reads? The Peters Books librarians have shared lists of their top 100 recommended reads for every primary year group – the books they think are must-haves for any classroom!

16 August 2021

Children and Young People's September Booklist: Back to School!

For many children and young people, September marks the start of the new school year, a time that can be both exciting and daunting. We have created a booklist for all children, from nursey school age through to secondary students,...

28 July 2021

August Booklist for Children & Young People: For the Love of Books

It’s safe to say, here at The Reading Agency, we love books. And we know you do too! So, we have created a booklist to celebrate Book Lovers Day on 9th August 2021. This list includes titles for toddlers, children,...

04 June 2021

Refugee Week Booklist

Refugee Week is 14-20 June 2021. We have worked with our publisher partners to create a booklist to help children, young people and adults understand the realities refugees around the world face, and sympathise with their experiences. The list contains...

17 May 2021

Children and Young People's July Booklist: Nature and Wildlife

July marks the start of the Summer Reading Challenge, which this year is in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF). We have created a booklist inspired by the theme Nature and Wildlife, with a mix of fiction, non-fiction, picture books...

17 May 2021

Children and Young People's June Booklist: Around the World

This month we’re travelling around the world with a selection of fantastic books for children and young people. This list includes a mix of fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages, and includes a number of translated books. There...

06 May 2021

Children and Young People's Booklist: Back in Time

May marks Local and Community History Month and we have curated a booklist that brings together all different strands of British history, with a few stories that look further afield too. There is a mix of fiction, non-fiction and poetry,...

01 April 2021

April 2021 Children's and Young People booklist - Books to Make You Smile

World Book Night is the annual celebration of books and reading on 23 April that brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. Presented by The Reading Agency, and in partnership with...

04 March 2021

March 2021 Children's and Young People booklist - Wonder Women

March is Women’s History Month, so we have created a booklist to celebrate some of our favourite stories about inspirational girls and women or fantastic books written by them. We hope that you will enjoy reading and discussing these stories...

23 February 2021

Bloomsbury's Read, Talk, Share booklist

Bloomsbury has created a booklist for libraries and other organisations participating in The Reading Agency’s Read, Talk, Share campaign. The list can be used by people looking for books tackling loneliness, isolation, mental health issues, and maintaining human connection during...

04 February 2021

February 2021 Children's and Young People booklist - Express Yourself (Children's Mental Health Week)

Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is Express Yourself as expressing yourself is about finding ways to share...

07 January 2021

January 2021 Children's and Young People booklist - Something New

As we enter a new year and find ourselves in lockdown, we wanted the first booklist of the year for children and young people to focus on books that we hope will inspire them to learn a new skill, support...

18 December 2020

December 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Winter Wonderland

As we head into the grey and cold, we thought that we would share some great books set during the Winter or set in beautiful winter wonderlands. We have some classics, lovely illustrated stories and some thrilling page-turners. You can...

02 December 2020

December 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Books of the Year

It’s been another year of fantastic books and we’re delighted to present our Books of the Year list for 2020 for children and young people. Our staff have chosen their top recommendations of new books from the year. You can...

05 November 2020

November 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Non-fiction

For Non-Fiction November, we have created a list filled with the best non-fiction for children and young people. There are memoirs, essay collections and books with great advice. You can join in with the conversation online using #NonFictionBooklist and tagging us...

12 October 2020

There’s a Rang-tan in My Bedroom - digital pack

There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom is based on the Greenpeace film that became a viral sensation, about a little girl who discovers a mischievous orangutan on the loose in her bedroom, and she can’t understand why it keeps shouting...

07 October 2020

October 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Powerful Poetry

The fantastic National Poetry Day shines a spotlight on how much fun and important poetry is. We have created a booklist with some of our favourite rhyming picture books, poetry collections and books written in verse. You can join in with...

23 September 2020

Zombierella digital pack from Walker Books

And she died happily ever after… Crawl out of the grave and step into your mushroom carriage for Zombierella: Fairytales Gone Bad, the first in a funny, deliciously dark, three-part series of twisted classics, written in verse by award-winning poet Joseph...

02 September 2020

September 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Back to School Books

Starting back at school can be an anxious time for lots of children and young people, let alone after the Covid-19 lockdown. To help support this transition, we have created a booklist of stories where characters face issues that some...

28 August 2020

YA Booklist - Reading Hack Recommendations

If you’re a fan of YA lit or are looking for books to engage young people, check out our latest YA reading recommendations, all chosen by young adults. See what our reviewers thought of each title over on the Reading Hack...

18 August 2020

Wonderful Non-fiction Chatterbooks Pack

In this Chatterbooks activity pack you’ll find some great suggestions for wonderful non-fiction books to explore, read and enjoy together. Inspired by Merry the Giraffe from the Summer Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad, this pack will focus on her favourite things,...