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03 April 2020

Stay home with the Walker Bear - Walker Books author videos and activities

Walker Books have LOTS of great resources to keep children entertained. Alex Rider Goes Live To celebrate the publication of Nightshade, the explosive new novel in the Alex Rider series, award-winning writer Anthony Horowitz will be hosting a virtual book launch at...

03 April 2020

Chicken House's Schools' Hub

Teachers, librarians, kids’ club leaders – gather round! In Chicken House’s Schools’ Hub you’ll find educational resources that sit alongside their brilliant books and align with the Key Stage 2 and 3 curriculums. With content created by teachers and librarians that...

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

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...

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...

25 March 2020

There’s a Rang-tan in My Bedroom - supporting resources and activity sheets

Teach children about the plight of the orangutan and the dangers of deforestation in, There’s a Rang-tan in My Bedroom, the timely and beautiful picture book by James Sellick and Frann Preston-Gannon. Hachette Children’s Group have got lots of excellent...

25 March 2020

The Infinite - Teacher Resource Pack

About the Book Leaplings, children born on the 29th of February, are very rare. Rarer still are Leaplings with The Gift – the ability to leap through time. Elle Bíbi-Imbelé Ifíè has The Gift, but she’s never used it. Until now. On...

24 March 2020

Lenny Makes a Wish - Reading Notes

When Lenny the rabbit spots a lonely fish in a pond, they soon become friends. But will their friendship survive, when Lenny lives on land and his friend lives in water? A heart-warming story about the enduring power of friendship....

24 March 2020

Attack of the Smart Speakers - Reading Notes

There’s a new craze in town for smart speakers and everyone has got one. At first they seem super helpful, but Tyler and her friends soon start to get suspicious. It’s like these virtual assistants are really the ones in...

18 March 2020

Football Superstars - Teachers' Notes

Football Superstars is a series aimed at building a love of reading from a young age, with fun cartoons, inspirational stories, a simple narrative style and a cast of characters chipping in with quotes, jokes and comments. Football Superstars: Ronaldo Rules,...

11 March 2020

The Threads of Magic - Teachers' Notes

An atmospheric and riveting fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of Frances Hardinge and Cornelia Funke. Pip lives on his wits in the city of Clarel. When he pickpockets the wrong man, he finds himself in possession of a strange object –...

10 March 2020

Bunnies on the Bus by Philip Ardagh and Ben Mantle - Storytelling Kit

Watch out! Move out of the way! Hold onto your tails! There are … BUNNIES ON THE BUS! And they aren’t stopping for ANYONE! The bunnies have taken over the bus and they’re on a wild ride across the streets of...

03 March 2020

The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott - discussion guide and author video

If everything was taken from you, what would you do to get it back? Agatha patrols the sea wall with pride, despite those in her clan who question her right to be there, because of the condition she was born with. Jaime...

14 February 2020

The Maker of Monsters by Lorraine Gregory - activity pack

Brat has always lived in the isolated castle on the island, taking care of the vicious creatures that his master creates, waiting in terror for the moment when they are ready to be put to use. But then the unthinkable...

14 February 2020

Me and Mister P by Maria Farrer - Reading notes, discussion ideas and activities

There are times when only a polar bear will do… So Mum and Dad have decided we’re moving house, but not just down the road, not even in the same town… not even in the same COUNTRY! Not only that, but...

14 February 2020

The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike - Ideas for discussion and activities

*In this stunning fantasy story, enter the unique world of the Spell Breathers!* Spell breathing does not come naturally to Rayne—she hates the hours of practice, the stacks of scrolls, and the snapping mud devils that cover her mother’s precious spell book. But...

07 February 2020

The Viper's Daughter by Michelle Paver - activity pack

A boy. A wolf. The legend lives on. Viper’s Daughter is the seventh book in the award-winning series that began with Wolf Brother, selling over 3 million copies in 36 territories. It can be read as a standalone story. For two...

05 February 2020

Alex Rider 20th Anniversary - Teachers' Notes

CELEBRATE THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING SERIES! Encourage pupils to become READING SPIES and to take their writing to the next level with the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz – suitable for children ages 9+. The pack is...

29 January 2020

Quick Reads launch event poster

This is a poster to share the details of the launch event being held at Liverpool Central Library on 18 February 2020. Please share and help us welcome new and emergent readers to the event.

29 January 2020

Quick Reads Promotion Toolkit 2020

Quick Reads are available to order now and will be published on 20 February. We will be celebrating throughout the week 17-21 February. Whether you’re a library, workplace, prison or learning provider, we’ve gathered together some ideas in this pack...

21 January 2020

The Monster Writing (A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness) - guide

Walker Books have an exciting creative writing challenge called THE MONSTER CHALLENGE. ‘Stories are important. Stories can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.’ Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls Are you a young person with a passion for telling...

02 December 2019

Making Reading Ahead work for prisoners with ESOL

This four-page leaflet draws together the findings, practical tips and creative tools from our three-year project to support prisoners with ESOL funded by The Bell Foundation. Please scroll down this resources page to find other downloadable items.

02 December 2019

In the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido - Teacher's Notes

An original, inventive and heart-warming novel about a lonely new girl and an unlikely friendship formed in a school coding club, that will appeal to fans of Sarah Crossan. When twelve-year-old Emmy’s musical family moves to California so her dad can...

21 November 2019

Goodnight Starry by D'Arcy Lewis – Ignite children’s love of the Solar System

Goodnight Starry is a beautiful picture book for little stargazers aged 3-6 years. Saying goodnight to each member of the Earth’s family in the Solar System, children will discover how very different and special each one is. Humorously written and...

30 October 2019

Quick Reads poster 2020

A4 downloadable Quick Reads poster, specially designed for 2020. Use this poster to spread the word about the collection and prepare your displays for publication on 20 February 2020.

30 October 2019

Editable Quick Reads poster 2020

A specially designed Quick Reads poster for the six new 2020 Quick Reads. The poster is in an editable format so you tailor it to local needs.

17 October 2019

Guide to running Reading Ahead 2019-20

This is a comprehensive guide to running Reading Ahead which explains how the programme works, some best practice case studies, key contacts and how we evaluate the programme. Please do get in touch if you have any further questions.

09 October 2019

Publishers with books for emergent and reluctant readers

This short document suggests some publishers that are producing books for emergent and reluctant readers and dyslexia friendly books.

07 October 2019

How to start a LEGO club from DK

Excited about starting up a LEGO Club, but don’t know where to begin? DK have created a pack with some helpful advice and tips on how to construct your very own.