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17 October 2014

A librarian's book recommendation gets James reading

James, 9, from Congelton in Cheshire, had never really been a reader; he was a typical boy who would rather play football. But in 2013 he heard about the Summer Reading Challenge at school. His mum, Katie, took him to...

17 October 2014

The Summer Reading Challenge gets children reading on the bus in East India

According to Vice Principal of KiiT International School in Bhubaneswar, East India, children no longer sleep on the bus, they read. And it’s all thanks to the Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge takes place in countries all over the...

17 October 2014

3,500 children take part in the Summer Reading Challenge in Thailand

The British Council has been running the Summer Reading Challenge in Thailand for the last 6 years and the children involved always look forward to it. This year was the biggest yet with almost 3,500 children from all over the...

17 October 2014

Arts Award and the Summer Reading Challenge 2013

In 2013 we worked in partnership with Arts Council England’s 10 regional Bridge organisations to pilot Arts Award Discover alongside the Summer Reading Challenge in a library setting. The results were great with a total of 1028 children engaging with Arts...

16 October 2014

National Poetry Day 2014 activity pack

There are all sorts of poems – simple, complicated, scary, funny, sad, rhyming ones, limericks, haiku and shaped ones. Many tell stories. Poetry is about using words and language imaginatively and creatively. Everybody can have fun writing and listening to...

10 October 2014

Mary Poppins activity pack

This is a pack of reading ideas and activities inspired by P L Travers’ well-loved book Mary Poppins, brought to you by The Reading Agency in partnership with Disney and publisher HarperCollins Children’s Books.

10 October 2014

Buckle and Squash activity sheets

Three Buckle and Squash activity sheets for your Chatterbooks groups: a wordsearch, a draw-your-own, and a design a doorhanger activities.

08 October 2014

Scary Tales activity sheets

Download these Scary Tales activity sheets in time for Halloween. Activities include a tutorial on how to fold your own paper bats, a chilling crossword and spooky Bingo.

30 September 2014

Making the most of your book - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

You may like to read this advice sheet if you have borrowed one of the Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions titles from your local library. It helps you to get the most out of the...

30 September 2014

Recommended reading form - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

This reading form can be printed out and used by health practitioners to recommend Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions titles to their patients.

30 September 2014

Library FAQs - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

Answers to library staff frequently asked questions about Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions, including: general information, launch support, library involvement and digital resources.

30 September 2014

Format availability - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

A list of titles on the Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions and which formats they are available in.

30 September 2014

Reading Well logos

A zip file containing logos for the Reading Well scheme, as well as partner logos.

30 September 2014

Image bank - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

A collection of photos that can be used on local library and health websites to promote the Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions scheme.

30 September 2014

Plasma screen artwork - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

Artwork promoting the Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions scheme, which can be used on plasma screens in libraries and GP surgeries.

30 September 2014

Overview of the books - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

A detailed overview of the 30 titles on the Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions list, including background information, formats, publisher details and publication dates.

30 September 2014

Library staff handbook - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

Guidelines and resources for library staff running the Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions scheme.

30 September 2014

Branding guidelines - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

This document provides visual guidelines and the key descriptor and message for the Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions scheme.

30 September 2014

Prescriber leaflet - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

Reading Well Books on Prescription provides book-based support for adults experiencing a variety of conditions. This leaflet provides information about the scheme for GPs and other mental health professionals, such as psychological wellbeing practitioners, counsellors and therapists.

30 September 2014

Commissioning guidelines - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

This document provides information about Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions. It includes case studies showing how libraries can work with public health to deliver the scheme.

30 September 2014

Book list - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

A list of the 30 Reading Well Books on Prescription for adult common mental health conditions titles.

24 September 2014

Impact Research - Full Report

Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence. Impact research carried out by UKLA in 2009, on...

24 September 2014

Impact Research - Summary Findings

Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence. Impact research carried out by UKLA in 2009,...

19 September 2014

Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2013 announced

Sean Carroll’s The Particle at the End of the Universe has been named as the winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2013. The book is published by OneWorld Publications and tells the story of the hunt...

19 September 2014

Setting up a teen reading group

“It can be daunting setting up a new library teen book club and it can take a while to become popular, so hang on in there. Begin by publicising it; talk to teens in your library and local schools, use...

19 September 2014

Running a Skype reading group event

In November 2011, Poole Library hosted a Skype reading group event, Jennifer Oliver from Poole Library tells us how it happened: In a unique experiment, a Poole Library reading group ‘met’ American author, Rebecca Makkai, and a reading group from the...

19 September 2014

Ann Cleeves Murder Mystery Night pack

Award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves has equipped librarians and reading groups with everything they need to hold spine-chillingly successful murder mystery nights. Having previously written a murder mystery script based on her novel The Glass Room, starring her well-loved detective character,...

19 September 2014

Reading Groups for Everyone letter, flyers and posters

We have nearly 2,000 reading groups and book clubs registered on Reading Groups for Everyone – which is really great but we know that there are many, many more out there. Our research found that there were 10,000 reading groups...

15 September 2014

Chocolates, sweets and other treats - Chatterbooks activity pack

This activity pack is inspired by everyone’s favourite, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. The pack is jam-full with lots of yummy ideas for your Chatterbooks children’s reading group, plus suggestions...

15 September 2014

Action and Adventure - Chatterbooks activity pack

This month we’re bringing you an action packed new activity pack jammed with great new action and adventure stories, plus ideas for activities in your Chatterbooks children’s reading group, and suggestions for much more reading. It’s time for a book...