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03 July 2020

Silly Squad Core Pack Guide

A comprehensive guide to the Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge Core Pack poster and stickers. All illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020 Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. Libraries should contact...

02 July 2020

Editable Reading Ahead Completion Certificate 2019-20

This certificate is for those who have completed six reads and filled in their Reading Ahead diary in full. It can be downloaded and edited to fill in the name of the completer and issuer to send out to those who...

02 July 2020

The Kid Who Came From Space by Ross Welford - Teachers' Notes

The stunning new 10+ story from the bestselling and award-winning author of TIME TRAVELLING WITH A HAMSTER, for anyone who loved the humour of WALL-E, the action of STAR WARS and the deeply touching emotion of ET. A small village in...

30 June 2020

Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour by Ally Carter - digital pack

FIVE EXTRAORDINARY ORPHANS. ONE INCREDIBLE MYSTERY. Bursting with adventure, mayhem and friendship, this is the first in an action-packed new middle-grade series – from the bestselling author of Gallagher Girls, Ally Carter – and the perfect book for readers who love...

26 June 2020

Silly Squad 2020 Communications Plan

Contains information on the social media and comms plans The Reading Agency has put together to help drive awareness of the Challenge throughout July and August. Use this as inspiration for your own Silly Squad social media/comms activity over the summer. All...

25 June 2020

Silly Squad Character Guide

A comprehensive guide to all the characters in this year’s Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge. All illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020 Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. Libraries should contact...

18 June 2020

How reading can promote writing for pleasure article

We believe that through reading a wide variety of books and texts, children can improve their vocabulary and grow more confident with their own writing ability. To help you with this, we have collated a host of resources and useful...

12 June 2020

Reading Friends Personal history and reminiscence session plan

A plan for a reminiscence session you can do while at home including things to look at, talk about and questions to ask.

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

Summer Reading Challenge 2020: Information for Schools

Find out more about Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020, with our quick guide for schools, available at this link.

10 June 2020

How to host a virtual book club with your class article

Are you wondering how your reading group can continue to meet, even while you’re social distancing? With so many children and families at home, we know that books are so important to provide comfort, solace and escapism. Staying connected and keeping your...

10 June 2020

Why reading for pleasure is vital and how to encourage your students to read for enjoyment article

This article shares some of the research that outlines the importance of reading for pleasure as well as some ideas to promote reading for pleasure in your school. Make sure you visit our School Zone on the Summer Reading Challenge website...

10 June 2020

How schools can get involved with Summer Reading Challenge 2020 article

The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency and funded by Arts Council England, encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge to help prevent the summer reading ‘dip’. For the Summer Reading Challenge 2020, we are...

10 June 2020

Silly Squad Assembly Presentation

Schools can share this presentation in class or on remote learning platforms to introduce the Silly Squad to pupils. Libraries can adapt this presentation to share with local schools. Key information on the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 is included in the...

04 June 2020

Colleges and Universities - Get Involved guide for Reading Well

A guide for colleges and universities looking to get involved in Reading Well.

04 June 2020

Health sector and link workers: get involved guide for Reading Well

A guide for link workers and health and social care professionals and link workers on how to get involved in Reading Well.

04 June 2020

Schools Get Involved Guide for Reading Well

A guide for schools who want to get involved with Reading Well.

29 May 2020

Reading Ahead for prisons during Covid-19 toolkit

This toolkit contains ideas and resources for continuing with Reading Ahead in prison settings responding to the current lockdown during Covid-19. This is a working document and will be updated as more resources become available. Do get in touch if you...

29 May 2020

Silly Squad Launch Toolkit

Join our Silly Squad! This Communications Toolkit contains key information and suggestions for promoting the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. Libraries should contact their local Summer...

21 May 2020

Reading Friends Telephone Session Reminders

Some helpful reminders to quickly run through before your sessions. Most importantly – have fun!

20 May 2020

Reading Friends Tips for Telephone Reading Befriending

This resource contains tips for having reading-related discussions over the phone. Please read before starting your calls.

20 May 2020

Reading Friends Tips for Telephone Befriending

This resource contains tips and considerations for Reading Friends over the phone. Please read through before starting your befriending calls.

20 May 2020

Reading Ahead during Covid-19 toolkit

This toolkit contains ideas and resources for continuing with Reading Ahead despite closures of public libraries, colleges and workplaces during Covid-19. This is a working document and will be updated as more resources become available. Do get in touch if you...

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.

13 May 2020

Reading Well Wales: Mental Health Awareness Week toolkit 2020

A toolkit for Welsh libraries containing Reading Well-related online and social media activity around Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18-24 May). Also contains information about the upcoming BBC mental health awareness campaign, and shareable social media cards with quotes from...

12 May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: library toolkit

A library toolkit containing ideas for Reading Well-related online and social media activity around Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18-24 May). Also contains information about the PHE Every Mind Matters campaign and BBC mental health awareness campaign.

12 May 2020

Social media cards - User quotes

Shareable images containing quotes from adults, children, young people and health professionals who have benefited from the Reading Well books. For use on websites and social media to visually promote the impact of the programme.

11 May 2020

Reading Well library website copy

Copy for use on library websites to promote the Reading Well programme to library users.

17 April 2020

A reading group guide to The Porpoise by Mark Haddon

The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author – the perfect book to read with your book club or reading group ‘ Just downright brilliant… a transcendent, transporting experience ’ Observer A motherless girl grows up in isolated luxury, hidden from...

17 April 2020

On Chapel Sands - reading group guide

Waterstones Book of the Month for April 2020 A deeply moving story of family and community that is striking and unforgettable, On Chapel Sands is part-true crime narrative, part-investigation into the subjectivity of memory and part-witness to a vanishing provincial way...