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28 January 2021

Proud of Me by Sarah Hagger-Holt - Discussion Questions

An accessible child-centred story about self-acceptance and the importance of opening up to those closest to you. Becky and Josh are almost-twins, with two mums and the same anonymous donor dad. Josh can’t wait until he’s eighteen, the legal age when...

27 January 2021

Ryan Gattis' top tips for creative writing

Ryan Gattis is an American crime author and a PEN America Prison Writing Mentor. Here he has shared his top tips for creative writing. Please download and print this document to share with your residents.

27 January 2021

Prison libraries: short story competition and permission form

This competition is only open to people in prison. Publisher Picador and national charity The Reading Agency are holding a 500-word writing competition! This resource contains instructions for entering the competition and a permission form to be signed by the entrant. Print...

27 January 2021

How To Read Like A Writer - Guide by Crime Writer Ryan Gattis

This resource contains tips from crime writer Ryan Gattis on the importance of reading to be a good writer and what to look out for to build your skills. Take a look at our other resources by Ryan Gattis in the...

27 January 2021

Q&A with Crime Writer Ryan Gattis

Find out more about crime writer Ryan Gattis and his latest book, The System. Take a look at our other resources by Ryan Gattis in the Reading Ahead resources database: How to Read like a Writer, Ryan’s top tips for creative...

25 January 2021

Reading Befriender training

Click here for our short videos for Reading Befrienders. There are five altogether that you can access using the link below (Vimeo). The training will be provided in other formats so watch this space! Please use Chrome to access. Watch the...

25 January 2021

Reading Befriender training PDF of video 1

PDF version of Reading Befriender training video 1. You can read this information instead of watching the video.

25 January 2021

Reading Befriender training PDF of video 2

PDF version of Reading Befriender training video 2. You can read this information instead of watching the video.

25 January 2021

Reading Befriender training PDF of video 3

PDF version of Reading Befriender training video 3. You can read this information instead of watching the video.

25 January 2021

Reading Befriender training PDF of video 4

PDF version of Reading Befriender training video 4. You can read this information instead of watching the video.

25 January 2021

Reading Befriender training PDF of video 5

PDF version of Reading Befriender training video 5. You can read this information instead of watching the video.

21 January 2021

Coordinator training videos

Click here to take a look at our short Coordinator training videos. There are five altogether that you access from the link below. You can also read the PDFs – they are accessible as separate resources. Please use Chrome to...

21 January 2021

Coordinator training PDF of video 1

Coordinator training: PDF of video 1. It is still worth watching the short videos as they contain more information.

21 January 2021

Coordinator training PDF of video 2

Coordinator training: PDF of video 2. It is still worth watching the short videos as they contain more information.

21 January 2021

Coordinator training PDF of video 3

Coordinator training: PDF of video 3. It is still worth watching the short videos as they contain more information.

21 January 2021

Coordinator training PDF of video 4

Coordinator training: PDF of video 4. It is still worth watching the short videos as they contain more information.

21 January 2021

Coordinator training PDF of video 5

Coordinator training: PDF of video 5. It is still worth watching the short videos as they contain more information.

19 January 2021

Bloomsbury announces changes to Harry Potter Book Night 2021

In light of UK restrictions and school closures, Bloomsbury announces changes to Harry Potter Book Night 2021. • Physical events along with key Bloomsbury digital activity to move to Thursday 24th June 2021 • Bloomsbury to provide free digital activities for teachers and...

19 January 2021

Reading Friends editable portait posters for virtual befriending

Editable Reading Friends posters which show virtual befriending. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to edit.

15 January 2021

The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell - Resource pack for KS2 Teachers

“I want to be able to call the sharks. Teach me the magic and show me the ways.” Blue Wing is desperate to become a shark caller, but instead she must befriend infuriating newcomer Maple, who arrives unexpectedly on Blue Wing’s...

07 January 2021

How to be a Hero by Cat Weldon - activity pack

How to be a Hero by Cat Weldon, illustrated by Katie Kear A no-good Viking thief. The worst-ever trainee Valkyrie. A hilarious case of mistaken identity. When failing trainee Valkyrie Lotta mistakes an unconscious Viking thief, Whetstone, for a fallen hero and...

07 January 2021

January 2021 Children's and Young People booklist - Something New

As we enter a new year and find ourselves in lockdown, we wanted the first booklist of the year for children and young people to focus on books that we hope will inspire them to learn a new skill, support...

05 January 2021

Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse activity

Lovers of children’s classics are in for a treat with the new film Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse, and we have a fun activity resource for families to use to accompany their discussions. Roald and Beatrix,...

18 December 2020

Hope Jones Will Not Eat Meat by Josh Lacey - activity sheets

Hope Jones Will Not Eat Meat by Josh Lacey is the latest book in an inspiring new illustrated fiction series about environmental issues, perfect for readers aged 8+. The books are told in a fun blog format, documenting Hope’s activism...

18 December 2020

December 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Winter Wonderland

As we head into the grey and cold, we thought that we would share some great books set during the Winter or set in beautiful winter wonderlands. We have some classics, lovely illustrated stories and some thrilling page-turners. You can...

11 December 2020

Promotional digital assets for MI9 by Dr Helen Fry

Download social media assets, including shareable cards with information on the book and an author video to promote MI9 by Dr Helen Fry in your library. You can also find an extract from the book about the invention of ‘Q-gadgets’, popularised...

11 December 2020

Social prescribing infographic

Library social prescribing offer infographic, customizable for a local service context.

09 December 2020

Schools Get Involved Guide for Reading Well in Wales

A guide for schools in Wales who want to get involved with Reading Well

08 December 2020

There’s a Mouse in My House by Ross Collins - Competition & Digital Activity Pack

The sequel to Ross Collins’ award-winning favourite, There’s a Bear on My Chair, is here! The tables have turned in _There’s a Mouse in My House_… and this time it’s Bear who has an unwelcome guest. This fantastic rhyming picture...

04 December 2020

The Witching Stone by Danny Weston - Digital Pack

UCLan Publishing have created a spooktacular digital pack of videos and discussion points to help you and your pupils enjoy the new YA coming of age horror story from Danny Weston. For Alfie Travers, a summer away from his...