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15 May 2020

Reading Friends Volunteers' Week Thank you e-card WELSH (1-7 June 2020)

Say thank you to your Reading Friends volunteers with this e-card in Welsh.

15 May 2020

Reading Friends Volunteers' Week Thank you e-card (1-7 June 2021)

Say thank you to your Reading Friends volunteers with this e-card.

14 May 2020

The Dinoteks - Reading Notes and Activities

The Dinoteks by NS Blackman is a beautifully illustrated chapter book for young readers and an excellent read aloud story for families and teachers to share. It is proven to encourage reading for pleasure in both reluctant and enthusiastic readers. The...

13 May 2020

Reading Well Wales: Mental Health Awareness Week toolkit 2020

A toolkit for Welsh libraries containing Reading Well-related online and social media activity around Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18-24 May). Also contains information about the upcoming BBC mental health awareness campaign, and shareable social media cards with quotes from...

13 May 2020

Reading Well Wales: Website library copy

User-facing copy to promote Reading Well Books on Prescription on library websites.

12 May 2020

Reading Well Wales: User quote cards

Shareable images containing quotes from people who have benefited from the Reading Well Books on Prescription titles. For use on websites and social media to visually promote the impact of the programme.

12 May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: library toolkit

A library toolkit containing ideas for Reading Well-related online and social media activity around Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18-24 May). Also contains information about the PHE Every Mind Matters campaign and BBC mental health awareness campaign.

12 May 2020

Social media cards - User quotes

Shareable images containing quotes from adults, children, young people and health professionals who have benefited from the Reading Well books. For use on websites and social media to visually promote the impact of the programme.

11 May 2020

Reading Well library website copy

Copy for use on library websites to promote the Reading Well programme to library users.

10 May 2020

Reading Friends infographic 2018-2019

Highlights from our full evaluation report including some key outcomes and quotes.

06 May 2020

Reading Friends executive summary 2018-2019

Read a summary of our evaluation report 2018-2019.

06 May 2020

Reading Friends Impact report 2018-2019

Find out how Reading Friends has been tackling loneliness through the proven power of reading.

06 May 2020

Reading Friends Resource Pack: VE Day

Useful links and activity ideas to use in a Reading Friends session celebrating VE Day’s 75th anniversary over the bank holiday weekend.

30 April 2020

The Reading Agency Hub

Here you can access The Reading Agency at home. You’ll find ideas, activities and challenges from across our programmes to entertain and educate yourself, your family or those you are teaching remotely. The activities will be refreshed every couple of weeks...

17 April 2020

A reading group guide to The Porpoise by Mark Haddon

The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author – the perfect book to read with your book club or reading group ‘ Just downright brilliant… a transcendent, transporting experience ’ Observer A motherless girl grows up in isolated luxury, hidden from...

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...

15 April 2020

Animal colouring sheets

Get creative with these colouring sheets inspired by three brand new picture books, all published this month: Clem and Crab by Fiona Lumbers, Super Sloth by Robert Starling and A Fox Called Herbert by Margaret Sturton

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...

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...

02 April 2020

April 2020 children's and young people booklist - Around the World

It is World Book Night on 23 April. World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books for adults and young people that takes place every year. To help children and their families join in with the celebration...

31 March 2020

Brain Games: Free Downloadable Learning Resources

The perfect books and brain games for your Bright Spark or Clever Kid! Compiled by puzzle master and author of hundreds of puzzle books Dr Gareth Moore, the Bright Sparks (for ages 7-9) and Clever Kids (for ages 9-11) series will...

31 March 2020

The Farm - Book Club Kit

The Farm was chosen for the Radio 2 Book Club. Ambitious businesswoman Mae Yu runs Golden Oaks – a luxury retreat transforming the fertility industry – where women get the very best of everything, so long as they play by the...

31 March 2020

The Farm by Joanne Ramos - First Chapter

The Farm was chosen for the Radio 2 Book Club. Ambitious businesswoman Mae Yu runs Golden Oaks – a luxury retreat transforming the fertility industry – where women get the very best of everything, so long as they play by the...

31 March 2020

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal - First Chapter

The Doll Factory was chosen for the Radio 2 Book Club. London. 1850. The greatest spectacle the city has ever seen is being built in Hyde Park, and among the crowd watching two people meet. For Iris, an aspiring artist, it...

31 March 2020

Adventure on Trains: The Highland Falcon Thief by MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman - Wordsearch

Adventures on Trains is a major mystery series from bestselling authors M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman. First stop, The Highland Falcon Thief, a breathless train journey full of deceptions, puzzles and clues to solve. Harrison Beck is reluctantly joining his travel-writer...

31 March 2020

Morag Hood - Reading Notes and Activities

Bold, bright and brilliant join the colourful world of Morag Hood. All Morag Hood’s books are great for storytelling sessions but also provide a great stepping-off point for further discussion, retelling and art activities. You could create a ‘Steves’ beak...

31 March 2020

The Beekeeper of Aleppo - Reading Group questions

The Beekeeper of Aleppo was chosen for the Radio 2 Book Club. Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the...

31 March 2020

The Beekeeper of Aleppo - First Chapter

The Beekeeper of Aleppo was chosen for the Radio 2 Book Club. Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the...

27 March 2020

Tyll - Readers' Guide

On 27 February the International Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Ross Benjamin by clicking below.