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16 September 2021

Latest opportunities from our publisher partners for schools and libraries

If you have a reading group with children or work in a school or library – we have some fantastic opportunities for you! We have two free author visits available to pitch for. There are Read and Review opportunities where you...

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...

14 September 2021

Guidance for Reading Friends Funding Routes

This resource contains information and guidance on different possible funding routes for Reading Friends activities.

07 September 2021

Wild World Heroes Evaluation Guidance Notes

Please read these guidance notes before completing the Summer Reading Challenge evaluation form. This resource contains information on: The 2021 Library Evaluation form The 2021 Family Survey, including suggestions for promoting the survey Instructions for adding the Family Survey to your website Please note: this...

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...

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,...

17 August 2021

How To Access Reading Friends Resources With Your Passport Account

A brief information sheet to help you log in and access Reading Friends resources with your passport account.

17 August 2021

Wild World Heroes: Recording Permissions

The O’Brien Press and Sunbird Books (both part of the 2021 Book Collection) have given permission for recordings and digital readings of their books. The information attached explains how to credit the publishers and contact them for further details. Please note:...

12 August 2021

Reading Ahead Toolkit 2021-2

This toolkit covers everything you need to run Reading Ahead, how to get started and ideas for partnerships and engagement.

10 August 2021

National Reading Group Day - library toolkit

This toolkit will help librarians to plan for National Reading Group Day on 14 September. Activity packs for Reading Friends and Chatterbooks groups will be available soon. Contact with any questions.

02 August 2021

Book Guide and Signposting for Grief and Bereavement

This guide recommends books that can lend a hand in helping to understand and cope with grief, for yourself or those around you. There are recommendations for adults, young people, and children – all available in these three Reading Well...

30 July 2021

Wilderville Area Cards

Learn more about each area of Wilderville with these information cards from WWF. Illustrations © Heath McKenzie 2021

28 July 2021

Project Case Study Guidance

If you have a story to share, please tell us about it using the example questions in this resource as a guide.

28 July 2021

Participant Case Study Guidance

If a Reading Friends participant would like to share their story, please tell us about it using the questions in this resource as a guide.

23 July 2021

Reading Friends Impact Statistics

Use these impact highlights alongside the Case for Support to develop funding applications and engage key stakeholders.

23 July 2021

Reading Friends Case for Support for Public Libraries

The Case for Support for Reading Friends has been created to help library authorities develop funding applications and engage key stakeholders. Please use, adapt and add local evidence as required to develop briefing papers and proposals.

22 July 2021

Case for Support Discussion Group Notes

These are the notes from the group discussion part of our Case for Support Skills Share Session. This resource includes tips for local fundraising routes, challenges and future plans.

22 July 2021

The Memory Thieves by Darren Simpson - Teachers' Notes and Discussion Questions

What you don’t remember can’t hurt you… Cyan has lived at the Elsewhere Sanctuary for as long as he can remember, freed by Dr Haven from dark memories of his past life. But when Cyan finds a mysterious warning carved into...

20 July 2021

BOTH Books

Books On The Hill is an independent bookshop and now a publishing that produces dyslexic friendly books for adults. Set up by Alistair Sims, they had huge success in April after launching their kickstarter campaign and smashed original targets to...

16 July 2021

Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom by Sangu Mandanna - Teacher Resources

Kiki Kallira is more of a worrier than a warrior. But today she’ll have to be a hero … A magical celebration of creativity and its powers, for fans of The Land of Roar and The Strangeworlds Travel Agency. About the resources This...

16 July 2021

Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire by Nat Amoore - Teaching Resources

‘Laughs, family, friendships and a thrilling adventure – Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire has it all.’ Jen Carney, author of The Accidental Diary of B.U.G. ‘Fast-paced, clever and completely hilarious with the BEST cast of characters… LOVE IT TO BITS.’ Rashmi...

15 July 2021

Wild World Heroes Comments Cards: Parents and Carers (Welsh)

Use these comments cards to collect feedback on the Summer Reading Challenge from parents and carers. 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...

15 July 2021

Wild World Heroes Comments Cards: Children (Welsh)

Use these comments cards to collect feedback on the Summer Reading Challenge from children. 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) for...

14 July 2021

PESTS by Emer Stamp - Digital Pack

Stix is the tiny but heroic mouse that could be living behind YOUR washing machine. You wouldn’t know it though, because Stix knows how to stay hidden and stick by the rules to avoid being caught by humans. But now...

14 July 2021

Reading Friends Adaptable Matching Questionnaire

You can use and adapt this editable questionnaire to match up your Reading Friends and Reading Befrienders by their interests and also find out more about them. It can be a useful way of finding out any support needs. If...

12 July 2021

Step back to the Stone Age with Sophie Kirtley - Digital Activity Pack

To celebrate the publication of Sophie Kirtley’s second unforgettable time-slip adventure, The Way to Impossible Island, Bloomsbury Children’s Books have a fabulous selection of digital and physical display materials available for libraries nationwide to request. A brave, life-affirming middle-grade time-slip adventure...