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01 June 2022

The Reading Agency's June Booklist for Children & Young People - Around the World/Refugee Week

This month we are celebrating books set in different countries and those by authors and illustrators from around the world! Read on to be transported to Mumbai, Paris, Nigeria and many other locations across the globe and discover Samurai, the...

01 June 2022

The Reading Agency's June Booklist for Adults - Refugee Week

This month, we have compiled a booklist focusing specifically on books written by and about refugees or former refugees. This is to mark Refugee Week, which takes place from 20-26 June 2022. Here you will find a range of fiction...

31 May 2022

Customisable book bag flyer - Gadgeteers

You can use this flyer to help encourage children to return to the library. When children attend a library visit, they can take home this Summer Reading Challenge flyer to tell their parents about the Challenge! At the link below, you can...

27 May 2022

Reading Friends Big Jubilee Reads Session Plan - Death of a Naturalist (1962-1971)

This resource contains an extract from ‘Death of a Naturalist’ by Seamus Heaney as well as discussion questions for you to use in your Reading Friends session. There’s one story from each decade.

27 May 2022

Reading Friends Big Jubilee Read Session Idea - The Crow Eaters (1972-1981)

This resource contains an extract from ‘The Crow Eaters’ by Bapsi Sidhwa as well as discussion questions for you to use in your Reading Friends session. There’s one story from each decade.

27 May 2022

Reading Friends Big Jubilee Read Session Idea - Summer Lightning (1982-1991)

This resource contains an extract from ‘Summer Lightning’ by Olive Senior as well as discussion questions for you to use in your Reading Friends session. There’s one story from each decade.

27 May 2022

Reading Friends Big Jubilee Reads Session Plan - Life of Pi (1992-2001)

This resource contains an extract from ‘Life of Pi’ by Yann Martel as well as discussion questions for you to use in your Reading Friends session. There’s one story from each decade.

27 May 2022

Reading Friends Big Jubilee Read Session Idea - Chinaman (2002-2011)

This resource contains an extract from ‘Chinaman’ by Shehan Karunatilaka as well as discussion questions for you to use in your Reading Friends session. There’s one story from each decade.

27 May 2022

Reading Friends Big Jubilee Read Session Idea - The Night Tiger (2012-2022)

This resource contains an extract from ‘The Night Tiger’ by Yangsze Choo as well as discussion questions for you to use in your Reading Friends session. There’s one story from each decade.

26 May 2022

Communications Toolkit for Library Partners, Summer Reading Challenge 2022

This folder contains a toolkit with assets, suggested social media posts and newsletter copy to help libraries promote the Summer Reading Challenge. The folder also contains the Gadgeteers character guide, core pack guide, ‘How to take part’ information, a press...

26 May 2022

Library Training Presentation for Summer Reading Challenge 2022

Download this training presentation to help with library staff training ahead of the launch of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge: Gadgeteers! Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2022. Libraries should...

26 May 2022

Schools Invite Activity Sheet

Children can get creative with this A4 invitation. Download and print the invitation, and encourage children to complete the activity and invite their friends and family to come along with them to the library this summer.

26 May 2022

Gadgeteers Core Pack Guide

This helpful guide contains detailed information about how to use this year’s core pack and transformation stickers. Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2022. Libraries should contact their local Summer...

25 May 2022

'Zeina Starborn and the Sky Whale' Teaching Resources

This Teachers’ Resource pack is full of activities for KS2 Teachers and Librarians to use with their students based on ‘Zeina Starborn and the Sky Whale’. The subjects included are literacy, Art, Design & Technology, and PSHE. About the Book Meet...

25 May 2022

'Maddy Yip's Guide to Life' Teaching Resources

This resource is full of reading notes and activities aimed at KS2 students, reading books in the Maddy Yip series. The activities cover subjects including literacy, drama, PSHE, and Art, Design & Technology. About ‘Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life’ A madcap...

24 May 2022

The Country of Others library display pack

Here you will find materials to promote the paperback edition of The Country of Others by Leïla Slimani, the first instalment of a new trilogy set in Morocco. This pack contains: • Downloadable A4 poste (pdf) • Downloadable bunting template (pdf) • Digital assets...

24 May 2022

The House with the Golden Door downloadable posters

This pack includes digital materials to promote The House with the Golden Door by Elodie Harper: • 1x A3 Postercard (print-ready pdf) • 1x A4 Postercard (print-ready pdf) • If you have ordered a full pack of display materials, you will also be...

18 May 2022

Reading Friends Under 11s feedback tool (Welsh)

This has been translated into Welsh. This evaluation feedback tool can be used with primary aged children under 11 involved in Reading Friends.

18 May 2022

Reading Friends Dementia Feedback Tool (Welsh)

This has been translated into Welsh. This evaluation tool can be used with people who are living with dementia. It’s useful for people who cannot fill in surveys or for whom surveys aren’t appropriate. It can help capture ‘in the moment’...

16 May 2022

The Boy Who Sailed the World by Julia Green and Alex Latimer - author video and activity

Right from the start, the boy loved the sea! He ran along the sand, danced in and out of the waves, his heart full of longing and delight. The boy has always loved the sea. So he builds a boat and...

16 May 2022

The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones - Classroom Resources

The Amazing Edie Eckhart is the start of a brand-new middle grade series from comedian and writer Rosie Jones, featuring a funny, feisty central character who just happens to have cerebral palsy – like Rosie herself. Rosie was inspired to...

13 May 2022

'Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead' Reading Group Guide

Atlantic Books is offering guides to reading groups UK-wide for the critically-acclaimed novel Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin, out now in hardback and ebook, and available in paperback from 2nd June 2022. THE BLURB ‘Funny about...

13 May 2022

'We Run the Tides' Reading Group Guide

Atlantic Books is offering guides to reading groups UK-wide for the critically-acclaimed novel We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida, out now in hardback and ebook, and available in paperback from 5th May 2022. THE BLURB ‘Smart, perceptive, elegant, sad, surprising and...

13 May 2022

Marv and the Mega Robot - activity sheets

Illustrated by Paula Bowles, debut author Alex Falase-Koya brings us the first book in a rip-roaring new series about an unlikely superhero, science-loving Marvin, who’s forced to don his costume to defeat supervillain Mastermind and her giant robot. Marvin is an...

12 May 2022

There Once is a Queen Jubilee activity pack!

“There once is a queen. Not a fairytale nor a faerie queene. But our queen.” To support the publication of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘There Once Is a Queen’, HarperCollins Children’s Books have created a Jubilee activity pack to support promotion of the...

10 May 2022

All About Us series - Digital pack for teachers and librarians

The All About Us series are perfect for KS1 children. The digital pack is the perfect resource for citizenship lessons around mental health, diversity and starting conversations on those topics. You can find out more information here.

10 May 2022

The Reading Agency's May Booklist for Adults - Local and Community History Month

Local and Community History Month is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the history of where you live but also that of countries and cultures around the world. The books in this list hop from the Norfolk coast to Korea,...

10 May 2022

Checkmate in Berlin printable display materials and digital assets

This pack contains printable resources to create a display to promote Checkmate in Berlin by Giles Milton, plus digital assets to share on social media. Assets for sharing on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook A4 poster (pdf) Bunting (pdf)

06 May 2022

Seed by Caryl Lewis - digital packs

A funny and big-hearted story about the power of hope and imagination when you believe in the impossible. For readers aged 8-12 years, Seed is the English-language children’s debut from Welsh award-winner Caryl Lewis. Marty doesn’t have much. Unlike his mum, who...

06 May 2022

Yesterday Crumb and the Storm in a Teacup by Andy Sagar - Teaching resources and competition!

Adventure and magic await in every teacup! Welcome to the enchanting world of Yesterday Crumb, a young girl with fox ears who has never fitted in. Taken in by flamboyant tea witch Miss Dumpling, Yesterday is introduced to a magical, walking...