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17 June 2019

Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis - Detectives in Training activity and POS packs

Attention: Detectives in Training Meet Timmy Failure, founder of the “best” detective agency in town – Total Failure, Inc. With the help of his polar bear, Total, the clueless, comically self-confident Timmy already has plans for world domination. Plans...

29 May 2019

Boot by Shane Hegarty - Teachers' notes

When toy robot, Boot, wakes up at a scrapyard, it has no idea how it got there and why it isn’t with its owner, Beth. It only has two and a half glitchy memories, but it knows it was loved,...

24 May 2019

Space Chase Family Leaflet: England

This handy leaflet is aimed at parents and carers to encourage take-up of the Summer Reading Challenge.

24 May 2019

Space Chase Family Leaflet: Wales

This handy bilingual leaflet is aimed at parents and carers to encourage take-up of the Summer Reading Challenge.

24 May 2019

Space Chase Family Leaflet: Scotland

This handy leaflet is aimed at parents and carers to encourage take-up of the Summer Reading Challenge.

17 May 2019

Space Chase Schools Pack

Keep your pupils reading this summer with Space Chase, the Summer Reading Challenge 2019! The Summer Reading Challenge takes place over the summer holidays in libraries throughout the UK. Developed by charity The Reading Agency, in partnership with the UK public...

17 May 2019

Space Chase templates for school newsletters

These helpful templates can be added to school newsletters sent home to families, or displayed on your school website. Use the text provided or fill the frame with your own message to encourage families to visit the library and sign their...

22 April 2019

Summer Volunteering Recruitment Toolkit

Resources to support libraries recruiting young volunteers for the summer holidays and year-round. This pack includes: an advocacy card to share with schools, key stakeholders and across the library service a volunteer recruitment guide a promotional poster with space to add local...

23 March 2019

How to Rob a Bank by Tom Mitchell - Teaching Notes

Some people rob banks because they’re greedy. Others enjoy the adrenalin rush. Me? I robbed a bank because of guilt. Specifically: guilt and a Nepalese scented candle… When fifteen-year-old Dylan accidentally burns down the house of the girl he’s trying to...

21 March 2019

She Wolf by Dan Smith - Teachers' Notes

Northumbria, 866. Washed ashore on a frozen English beach, Ylva’s survived. She will not cry. She’s meant to be strong. She’s a Viking. But when her mother dies at the hand of a three-fingered man, and the wolves of the forest...

12 March 2019

The Boy Who Flew by Fleur Hitchcock - Resource pack

About the book Athan Wilde dreams of flight. When his friend, Mr Chen, is murdered, Athan must rescue the flying machine they were building together and stop it falling into the wrong hands. But keeping the machine safe puts his family...

12 March 2019

Hugs and Kisses by Sam Hay and Emma Dodd - Activity Pack

There are two sides to every story… Flip the book to read each side of the story in this enchanting tale of a whale and an octopus on their search for love, ending with a huge pop-up surprise. Big Blue Whale is...

06 March 2019

Hat Tricks by Satoshi Kitamura - Story Play Notes

About the book Meet Hattie the Magician – she may be little but she is a born performer! Hattie conjures an amazing succession of animals out of her hat, and for a grand finale produces a wonderful habitat where they can all...

04 March 2019

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne - Teacher Notes

For 25 years, Eileen Browne’s beautiful modern classic Handa’s Surprise has delighted the very youngest of readers who long to tell Handa what is happening right behind her. Brimming with mouth-watering fruit and wild animals, this picture book favourite, along...

04 March 2019

The Emily Windsnap series by Liz Kessler - a KS2 Resource Pack

Hachette Children’s Group have created a fantastic Resource Pack based around The Emily Windsnap series. It’s time to dive deep into a world beneath the waves: a magical world of mermaids, fun, friendship and adventure. This Resource Pack is designed to...

05 February 2019

Using the Reading Hack Website

A simple guide to navigating our young people’s website, www.readinghack.org.uk. This guide includes how to create a profile, join a hack, log volunteering hours, and download a skills letter. It can be used by library staff or young people.

04 February 2019

Get involved in Reading Well - schools, colleges & universities

A document containing information on how to run Reading Well in school, college and university settings.

06 December 2018

Cressida Cowell's top tips for parents

Help your child discover the magic of reading with this handy one-page guide from the award-winning children’s author.

12 November 2018

Running a Book Club Quick Guide to Chatterbooks

This handbook tells you what you need to know about setting up and running a successful Chatterbooks club

13 September 2018

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane - an Activity Pack

The Lost Words The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie...

22 August 2018

The Dam by David Almond and illustrated by Levi Pinfold - Teachers' Notes

The Dam When a great dam was built by the Kielder Water in Northumberland, the valley below slowly filled with water. But just before this, when the villagers had been moved out, two musicians went back to the abandoned valley. They...

16 May 2018

Children's University

Find out how children can earn Children’s University hours by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge and Chatterbooks groups.

01 May 2018

My Sister by Joanna Young - Teacher's Notes

My Sister This stunning picture book shows the special relationship that exists between two sisters. Soft, beautiful illustrations and simple text make this the perfect bedtime read. AGE : 2 – 6 years Download the Teacher’s Notes for some excellent guidance on how...

01 May 2018

How Many Dinosaurs Deep? by Ben Kitchin and Vicky Fieldhouse - Teacher's Notes

How Many Dinosaurs Deep? Jim is not quite sure that he’s ready to move from the baby pool to the middle-sized pool. Can a group of splashing, sploshing dinosaurs help him face his fear? AGE : 3 – 6 years Download the Teacher’s...

01 April 2018

The Wonderling by Mira Bartók - Discussion guide

The Wonderling In this extraordinary debut novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartók tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks...

29 January 2018

Fundraising for Young People's Projects

This guide is full of ideas and advice for generating funds for one-off projects and events. It can be used by young people or library staff.

15 January 2018

Reading Hack Evaluation Guide

Evaluation is crucial to help us understand, measure and report the impact that Reading Hack has on young people and delivery partners. Please read this evaluation guide for more information about completing the Reading Hack evaluation surveys. In summary: Participating library authorities...

09 October 2017

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero - Teachers' guide

The Dollmaker of Krakow A timeless fantasy set in the Second World War that weaves together magic, folklore and history, perfect for fans of The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goodnight Mister Tom. One night a little...

11 September 2017

Chatterbooks FAQs

A list of frequently asked questions and answers about Chatterbooks Children’s Reading Clubs.

08 September 2017

Reading Ahead 2017-18 prison advocacy leaflet

Here is a one-pager about Reading Ahead in prisons with endorsements from participants and organisers in prisons for you to use when putting the case for the programme. It’s not intended for use with prisoners themselves.