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20 September 2016

Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton Book Trailer

From the multi-award winning picture book maker of A Bit Lost, Oh No, George! And Shh! We Have a Plan, comes a stunningly illustrated bedtime book, perfect for sending toddlers off to dreamland. With Chris’ signature block colour design, we are...

19 September 2016

Chatterbooks Week Press Release Template

This pack is designed to help you promote your Chatterbooks Week activities locally. It includes a press release template and a social media guide.

19 September 2016

Chatterbooks Week Social Media Card

We’ve teamed up with Walker Books to create a social media card for Chatterbooks Week. Print out this card and share the book that made you a “Child of Books” on social media.

16 September 2016

How-To: Run a reverse book club

The Crisis Skylight and World Book Night Book Club, run by The Reading Agency, meets once a week in London. The book club runs in a ‘reverse’ format, with no member expected to have read the book before coming to the...

15 September 2016

Reading Hack does #LoveToRead

Reading Hack does #LoveToRead is a way of getting young people into their local library in the two weeks leading up to the BBC #LoveToRead weekend. This toolkit has everything you need to get young people into your library from...

09 September 2016

Chatterbooks Week Activity Pack

This is a Chatterbooks Activity Pack to celebrate Chatterbooks Week which takes place from 1-8 October 2016. The theme of this pack is illustration and In this pack you’ll find lots of ideas for your group’s activities and discussion,

08 September 2016

Chatterbooks Week Book List

To celebrate Chatterbooks Week (1-8 Oct) here are some recent books from our Children’s Reading Partners publisher partners, showing a range of inspiring approaches to illustration – in picture books, and also in illustrated fiction and non-fiction.

08 September 2016

Banned Books Week 2016

To celebrate Banned Books Week this month, download this list of notable banned books from Islington Libraries. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores...

08 September 2016

We Found a Hat book trailer

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat. . . . Hold on to your hats for this video from Walker Books introducing We...

07 September 2016

Child of Books Chatterbooks Pack

A Child of Books is a beautiful picture book by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston that celebrates a love of stories and exploring the imagination.This Chatterbooks activity pack brings you discussion and activity ideas for your reading groups, inspired by...

07 September 2016

An Introduction to A Child of Books with Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

In this video from Walker books, Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston discuss their new book, A Child of Books. I am a Child of Books. I come from a world of stories, And upon my imagination, I float. In this inspiring,...

07 September 2016

DKfindout! activity sheets

DKfindout! is a new fun, non-fiction series which compliments DK’s free online encyclopedia – www.dkfindout.com. The books are full of surprising facts and amazing pictures which inspire children to find out. DK’s free resource pack includes a Ancient Roman poster, plus...

07 September 2016

DKfindout! The Romans poster

DKfindout! is a new fun, non-fiction series which compliments DK’s free online encyclopedia – www.dkfindout.com. The books are full of surprising facts and amazing pictures which inspire children to find out. DK’s free resource pack includes a Ancient Roman poster, plus...

07 September 2016

Children Just Like Me poster

The classic children’s non-fiction book is updated for the 21st century, 21 years after its original publication. With over 40 children around the globe children can find out what it’s like living across the world. Discover what it’s like to...

04 September 2016

Video: Guy Bass reads Spynosaur

SPYNOSAUR is secret agency Department 6’s not-so secret weapon. Created by mysterious science rays, Spynosaur has the mind of a super spy and the body of a dinosaur. Dedicated to protecting the world from criminal masterminds, this prehistoric powerhouse dishes...

25 August 2016

World Mental Health Day Toolkit 2016

A collection of ideas for events, displays and social media activity for libraries to use around World Mental Health Day 2016.

22 August 2016

Miss You extract

Tess is in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university. Her life is about to change forever – but not in the way she expects. Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence. Their lives have already changed...

22 August 2016

Miss You reading group questions

Tess is in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university. Her life is about to change forever – but not in the way she expects. Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence. Their lives have already changed...

15 August 2016

Les Parisiennes - Chapter 1

What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949? These were years of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation and secrets until – finally – renewal and retribution. But this is not just a book...

12 August 2016

2014-15 Evaluation: Reading Well Books on Prescription

2014-15 evaluation of Reading Well Books on Prescription. Research and evaluation completed by BOP consulting.

11 August 2016

The Mare by Mary Gaitskill - First chapter extract

The Mare is Mary Gaitskill’s first novel in over a decade. Exploring themes of parenthood, race and class, there are big ideas and extremely compelling characters for reading groups to get their teeth into. Ginger is in her forties and a...

11 August 2016

David Mark DS McAvoy Series Reading Guide

David Mark spent more than fifteen years as a journalist, including seven years as a crime reporter with the Yorkshire Post – walking the Hull streets that would later become the setting for the Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy novels. He has...

11 August 2016

Q&A with Adrian McKinty, author of the Sean Duffy series

Download Serpent’s Tail’s interview with Adrian McKinty, author of the Sean Duffy thriller series, set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. The latest in the series, Rain Dogs, was shortlisted for the 2016 Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year...

11 August 2016

Format availability - Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

A list of titles on the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia and which formats they are available in.

10 August 2016

Funny Fiction Chatterbooks activity pack

Following this summer’s Big Friendly Read we’re continuing the celebration of fun and laughter in our reading. Here’s the latest Funny Fiction Chatterbooks pack with a bumper collection of some of the latest funny books for children…and some old...

10 August 2016

Reading Well for young people - recommended reading form

Reading Well for young people provides book-based support young people’s mental health and wellbeing. This interactive leaflet provides information about the scheme for GPs and other mental health professionals, such as psychological wellbeing practitioners, counsellors and therapists. This is a shortened version...

05 August 2016

Example Reading Hack Website Survey

An example of the survey that young people will be asked to complete when they sign up to the Reading Hack website. For reference only – please do not pass this on the Reading Hack volunteers.

05 August 2016

Example Reading Hack Skills Letter

An example of the skills letter that young people can download from the Reading Hack website. For reference only – please do not pass this on to Reading Hack volunteers.

04 August 2016

Reading Hack Seminar Notes

Notes from Reading Hack seminars in York and London (June 2016), including advice for overcoming common challenges and feedback on how The Reading Agency can support Reading Hack libraries.

04 August 2016

Reading Hack Seminar Presentation

This is the presentation from the two Reading Hack seminars in York and London in June 2016. Includes information on how other libraries are using Reading Hack and how you can work with young volunteers during the BBC #LoveToRead weekend in...