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22 October 2021

The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling and Jim Field - digital activity pack

One boy and his toy are about to change everything… Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve, something terrible happens – DP is lost. But Christmas...

21 October 2021

November Booklist for Adults: Noteworthy Non-fiction

From the interviews with famous people about love in all its forms, to the experiences of a GP during the Covid pandemic, to the history of The Beatles, our list of noteworthy non-fiction has something for everyone.

21 October 2021

November Booklist for Children & Young People - Noteworthy Non-fiction

National Non-fiction November is the month to celebrate factual children’s books, from shocking science to incredible histories. Discover a range of titles for early readers through to young adults and encourage them to open a book and their minds!

20 October 2021

Latest opportunities from our publisher partners for schools and libraries - free author visits, sets of books and POS packs!

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, virtual author visits available to pitch for. There are Read and Review opportunities...

19 October 2021

A History of the World in 25 Cities – digital activity pack and competition!

From the walled city of ancient Jericho to the modern-day metropolis of Tokyo, explore the world with this stunningly illustrated book of extraordinary city maps! Co-authored by award-winning children’s authors Tracey Turner and Andrew Donkin in consultation with specialist curators at...

19 October 2021

Reading Friends Impact Statistics

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

19 October 2021

What Works Well

This resource includes ideas and tips on what types of activities and reading materials have worked well in Reading Friends sessions. Please let us know at readingfriends@readingagency.org.uk if anything else has worked well for you.

19 October 2021

RISE by Maliha Abidi: competition resources

This pack contains an PDF sampler of the book RISE by Maliha Abidi and a promotional poster for a competition inspired by the book. RISE celebrates the inspirational stories of 100 remarkable women of colour. From the entrepreneur with a homemade...

18 October 2021

Reading Friends Evaluation Guidance

Overview of approach and guidance for participation monitoring, surveys and feedback tools.

17 October 2021

Reading Friends Participant Survey

Use this evaluation survey to capture feedback from Reading Friends participants.

16 October 2021

Reading Friends Befriender Survey

Use this Reading Friends evaluation survey to capture feedback from Reading Befrienders.

15 October 2021

Reading Friends Young Participant Survey

This is a paper version of the Reading Friends participant survey for 11-17 year olds.

14 October 2021

Reading Friends one-off activity participant survey

Survey to evaluate the impact of one-off Reading Friends activities such as taster or hospital sessions. Read the guidance note before using the survey.

14 October 2021

Promoting your Reading Friends project Toolkit

We have created this document to make it as easy as possible for you to promote your own Reading Friends projects. This resource contains information, suggestions, templates and links to resources to help you.

14 October 2021

Reading Friends Editable Reading Materials Portrait Posters

Editable portrait posters which show a selection of reading materials. Please use Adobe Acrobat to edit.

14 October 2021

Reading Friends Editable Tea & Biscuits Landscape Posters

Editable landscape posters which show a selection of tea and biscuits. Please use Adobe Acrobat to edit.

13 October 2021

The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman Session Ideas

This resource includes a Q&A with Julietta Henderson, author of “The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman” as well as discussion questions and an activity sheet that can be used to spark conversation in Reading Friends sessions.

13 October 2021

Reading Friends Editable Reading Materials Landscape Posters

Editable landscape posters which show a selection of reading materials. Please use Adobe Acrobat to edit.

13 October 2021

Reading Friends Under 11s Evaluation Feedback Tool

This evaluation feedback tool can be used with primary aged children under 11 involved in Reading Friends. Please complete by 27 June 2022.

11 October 2021

Dementia Specific Evaluation Tool

This specific evaluation tool resource can be used with people who are living with dementia. It’s a useful tool for people who cannot fill in surveys or for whom surveys aren’t appropriate. It can help capture ‘in the moment’ thoughts,...

10 October 2021

Reading Friends Partner Survey

Evaluation survey for organisations or services who have partnered with you on Reading Friends – this may be a local charity, a local authority service, a link worker or cultural organisation. 14 May is the submission deadline.

07 October 2021

Adult October Booklist: Perfect Poetry

Celebrate National Poetry Day on 7 October 2021 – and every day! – with this fantastic selection of poetry collections, anthologies and song lyrics.

07 October 2021

Canelo Crime digital promotional materials

This pack contains digital materials for libraries and other organisations to promote titles in Canelo Crime’s collection, including: Bunting template Social media assets for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram Pre-written social media copy and handles

06 October 2021

Children and Young People's October Booklist: Perfect Poetry

Celebrate National Poetry Day on 7 October 2021 – and every day! – with this fantastic selection of poetry collections, anthologies and verse novels for all ages.

06 October 2021

Ten Minutes to Bedtime series - activity pack

No.1 bestselling Ten Minutes to Bed series has been written specifically to help little ones settle down for bedtime. This bestselling bedtime series has sold one million copies worldwide! Follow the loveable characters as they go on adventures and have lots...

04 October 2021

Everyone Sang: A Poem for Every Feeling from Walker Books - downloadable postcard

It is National Poetry Day is on 7 October and Walker Books have an incredible poetry anthology publishing on exactly the 7 of October! Everyone Sang: A Poem for Every Feeling is an exquisite gift-book containing over a hundred poems, chosen...

04 October 2021

The Wall by Jessie James and Catalina Echeverri - Teaching Notes

Tom is a little boy who LOVES to explore. But, one day, he hears the grown-ups talking about the monsters that live in the big, wide world and he is too scared to explore anymore. Soon, they build a giant...

04 October 2021

The Wild Before by Piers Torday - digital pack and competition

Can one hare alone change the world? The captivating animal adventure destined to be loved by readers of all ages. One stormy, snowy night, a pure silver calf is born on an ordinary muddy farm by the light of the moon....

04 October 2021

The Boy With Wings by Lenny Henry and Kennon Ferrell - Digital Classroom Resources (including comic activity)!

Let Your Imagination Fly: The Boy With Wings Macmillan Children’s Books are excited to introduce The Boy With Wings, the new children’s book by comedy legend, Lenny Henry for readers of 9 to 12. Illustrated throughout by Keenon Ferrell, it includes...

02 October 2021

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler - digital pack

Happy Birthday, Room on the Broom! We’re celebrating 20 years since the publication of the wonderful Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until...