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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...

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

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

Schools Get Involved Guide for Reading Well

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

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.

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...

17 April 2020

Organisations Toolkit

Find out how you can celebrate World Book Night at home and online. Whether you wanted to get involved on your own, or are part of an organisation this guide will help you play your part in this nationwide celebration...

15 April 2020

Free Nosy Crow books, activities and resources

Nosy Crow is offering an exciting range of activities, teaching resources, free books and other content to keep children busy, inspired and entertained. Activities, Quizzes and Teaching Resources Download a brilliant range of engaging activities, craft ideas and puzzles for children of...

15 April 2020

The Little Island - teaching notes

These teaching notes for The Little Island by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Robert Starling have been written by the teachers at the CLPE. The concepts in the book and these resources are more suitable for children aged 7+.

15 April 2020

Extraordinary - reading notes and activities

A gentle tale about reaching for the stars and being extraordinary . . . but remembering the ordinary too. Extraordinary celebrates the best moments in life: the ones we share with friends and family. They may be simple, they may be...

15 April 2020

Bear Was There - reading notes and activities

Love is the first thing Mouse feels as he lies in the warmth of his mother’s fur. Then one day, Mouse meets Bear. Mouse is frightened, but what if Bear is not as scary as he seems . . . A gentle and...

15 April 2020

Under the Same Sky - reading notes and activities

Two children on opposite sides of the world crave friendship. Is it possible to be friends across the miles? Under the Same Sky is a gorgeous picture book that features two children from diverse backgrounds. The book introduces children to the...

15 April 2020

Twelve Days of Kindness - reading notes and activities

One little girl realises that a girl in her class is struggling to make friends. With the help of their football coach they come up with a plan. Can their school football team bring them together, and expand their friendship...

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...

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...