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17 July 2020

July 2020 - The Great Outdoors booklist for children and young people

This month our booklist is about books that immerse a reader in an environment, where the setting plays an important part to the plot or shows the beauty of nature. We’ve picked some brilliant poetry, picture books, non-fiction and chapter...

16 July 2020

Parentkind and The Reading Agency - Reading as a Family: Top tips for reading together resources

Reading for pleasure delivers enormous benefits for children of all ages. It builds reading and literacy confidence as well as influencing children’s health and wellbeing, future academic achievement and adult life chances. Evidence shows that families can play a key...

14 July 2020

Silly Squad Marketing Assets: Welsh

Download Welsh language marketing assets for the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. This resource includes ready made assets to use pre- and post-launch. Check back soon for additional templates you can customise with local authority logos and content. Please ensure you have read...

13 July 2020

Silly Squad Website Platform Guide

This step-by-step guide explains how to register on the Summer Reading Challenge website and set up a Silly Squad profile to take part in the 2020 Challenge online. Visit https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/help for further help and guidance This is a locked resource for library...

13 July 2020

Reading Well fact sheet

Fact sheet about Reading Well, to use for activation and commissioning.

13 July 2020

National Poetry Day reading group resource

This list of ten books is perfect for reading groups thinking of dipping into poetry, often edited or written by great names who love poetry so much that they want to share it – Clive James, John Carey, Kate Clanchy,...

09 July 2020

Draw with Rob Biddulph activity pack

The viral phenomenon #DrawWithRob is now a brand-new activity book to help you to draw at home with creative genius and official World Book Day illustrator Rob Biddulph! You may have spotted Rob’s brilliant drawalong videos on YouTube, Facebook, TikTok or...

09 July 2020

The Dordogne Mystery series digital pack

Quercus are excited to invite libraries and reading groups across the country to celebrate Martin Walker’s Dordogne Mysteries series. A hugely popular series in Germany and the United States, Martin Walker’s novels take you to the Dordogne region of France...

09 July 2020

Silly Squad Book Talk Prompt Cards

These book discussion prompts can be used to help children talk about their Summer Reading Challenge books with library staff, volunteers, teachers or at home. Adjust your print menu settings to print multiple cards on one page. Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson...

09 July 2020

Heatstroke by Hazel Barkworth digital pack

Headline would like to invite libraries and reading groups across the UK to share their excitement about this summer’s hottest debut novel – Hazel Barkworth’s Heatstroke. We don’t want readers across the country to miss this gripping page-turner, described by the...

08 July 2020

Silly Squad Document Borders

Download these Silly Squad borders to create Summer Reading Challenge posters, activities and resources. Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. Libraries should contact their local Summer Reading Challenge coordinator(s) for...

08 July 2020

Silly Squad A4 poster: England

Download this A4 poster and spread the word about Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020! Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020

08 July 2020

Silly Squad A4 poster: Scotland & Northern Ireland

Download this A4 poster and spread the word about Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020! Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020

08 July 2020

Silly Squad A4 poster: Wales

Download this A4 poster and spread the word about Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020! Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020

08 July 2020

Silly Squad A3 promotional poster: England

Download a colourful poster to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. 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 their local Summer Reading Challenge coordinator(s)...

08 July 2020

Silly Squad A3 promotional poster: Scotland & Northern Ireland

Download a colourful poster to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. 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 their local Summer Reading Challenge coordinator(s)...

08 July 2020

Silly Squad A3 promotional poster: Wales

Download a colourful poster to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. 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 their local Summer Reading Challenge coordinator(s)...

03 July 2020

Silly Squad: Online Data

This document outlines the information required for accessing Silly Squad participant data for your library authority.

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...

01 July 2020

Silly Squad Activity Sheet: Colouring in and Wordsearch page

This sheet includes a colouring activity and an author wordsearch With thanks to Islington Council

01 July 2020

Silly Squad Activity Sheet: Number Sudoku

Complete the sudoku grid by adding the numbers 1-9 into each row, column and 3×3 square

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

Health Information Week 2020: Social media toolkit

Social media toolkit for health information week 2020

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...

23 June 2020

Stay-at-home with Football School - writing competition

A shout out to all sports fans aged 7-12! Do you dream of becoming a sportswriter, commentator or sports presenter in the future? Then this competition could help you reach your goal! The Guardian has teamed up with the...

12 June 2020

Summer Reading Challenge Logos

Download versions of The Reading Agency and Summer Reading Challenge logos to use on Challenge materials.

12 June 2020

Boys and Kids Who Dare to be Different - activity packs, audio extracts and journal

Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different is a beautiful and inspiring collection of stories about boys who changed the world without killing a single dragon or saving a single princess. Stories for Kids who Dare to be Different...

12 June 2020

Reading Friends Session Plan: Personal history and reminiscence

This resource contains a range of activities, discussion ideas and reading suggestions to inspire reminiscence about past times in your own and others’ lives.

12 June 2020

Reading Friends Resource Pack: Personal History and Reminiscence

This pack provides further ideas and activities to use alongside the Session Plan ‘Personal history and reminiscence.’