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12 July 2018

National Poetry Day – Reading Group Guide

In the lead-up to National Poetry Day in October, we have a selection of poetry collections that have been specially chosen for reading groups with notes and questions to get you started. To download the guide, click the link below.

12 July 2018

Summer 2018 Booklist

Now that summer has arrived, we’re all looking for that perfect book to take to the beach. The Reading Agency staff have put together our ultimate summer booklist recommendations, with new and older books that we think everyone should take...

05 July 2018

Think Like an Engineer by Usborne - activity booklet

Think Like an Engineer activity booklet Usborne have created a fantastic activity pack to help inspire children with engineering. They can find out what it takes to be an awesome engineer in this free activity booklet, filled with problems to solve,...

05 July 2018

The Girls with the Lost Smile by Miranda Hart - Event Pack

FIND YOUR SMILE using this fun The Girl with the Lost Smile event pack! The Girl with the Lost Smile Chloe Long has lost her smile. She’s looked everywhere for it. (Under her pillow. Under her bed. Under her nose. Obviously.) She’s tried...

05 July 2018

Mischief Makers Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Here is a Chatterbooks activity pack to accompany this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Mischief Makers. It features reading and activity ideas inspired by the brilliant books in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge collection.

05 July 2018

Reading Well Wales: Overview of the dementia titles

A guide to the books on the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia booklist in Wales.

05 July 2018

Reading Well in Wales: launch of dementia scheme

Reading Well will be launched in Wales with books and supporting materials being made available in both English and Welsh. This document provides bilingual background information on the launch of the dementia scheme in Wales.

04 July 2018

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale - Event Kit

The Princess in Black Who says princesses can’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black. The first in a funny, action-packed series for young readers who like their...

03 July 2018

The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson - Extract

In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and...

03 July 2018

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell - Extract

Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or...

03 July 2018

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell - Reading Group Guide

Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for...

02 July 2018

Hot, hot, hot!

When it’s hot outside, sometimes you need a book to match how you feel. Here are some of our favourite books that are perfect for a heatwave.

01 July 2018

Mischief Makers school assembly presentation

This PowerPoint presentation can be used to talk about Mischief Makers in school assemblies to encourage pupils (and families) to take part. Key information, dates and links are included in the Notes panel of this PowerPoint This download includes a copy of...

30 June 2018

Mischief Makers promotional video trailers

Watch the promotional video trailer for Mischief Makers, the Summer Reading Challenge 2018. If you do not have access to you YouTube you can email summerreadingchallenge@readingagency.org.uk to request a copy. Mischief Makers Watch the full video trailer here: View the trailer with embedded...

22 June 2018

The Summer Reading Challenge and Arts Award

In this download you will find: Arts Award Discover activity sheets A document showing how the activities map to each part of Discover Information for parents & carers Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge and Arts Award Discover here

18 June 2018

Pride 2018

To celebrate Pride Month, we selected some brilliant books we think you’ll love.

18 June 2018

Royal Society Young People's Book Prize - Chatterbooks Activity Pack

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize aims to inspire young people to read about science and promotes the writing of excellent, accessible books for under-14s. We have created a Chatterbooks Pack featuring this year’s brilliant shortlisted titles. There are...

15 June 2018

Books to Make You Laugh and Cry #NRGD18

To celebrate National Reading Group Day 2018, we asked reading groups to share the books that made them laugh, cry, or both. We know that books that cause an emotional reaction are the ones that stay with you, so take...

14 June 2018

Dr Ben Garrod - So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs activity pack

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs? Biologist and TV scientist Ben Garrod has written a fun, funny, informative and collectible series about dinosaurs. The series will be launching with T. Rex, Diplodocus and Tricearatops. To celebrate this new series, Head...

14 June 2018

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth

Reading group questions for The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth.

14 June 2018

Summer Reading Challenge 2018 online resources guide

Summer Reading Challenge coordinators can download this quick guide to accessing restricted resources to share with libraries taking part in Mischief Makers. Please note: Only library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2018 will have access to the password protected...

12 June 2018

Tropical Terry by Jarvis - a book trailer

Terry wants to stand out. But, in Coral Reef City, it’s sometimes better to blend in… Coral Reef City is home to the most dazzling shoals of tropical fish in ALL the ocean. And then there is Terry. Terry looks grey....

12 June 2018

Book Discussion Cards

Use these book discussion cards to help children talk about their books. You can place them on a table and before speaking to a member of staff or volunteer, children can decide which card to take with them, and...

11 June 2018

Mischief Makers colouring sheets

These activity sheets feature Mischief Makers characters to colour in. Follow the links below for more library activities Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge

11 June 2018

Mischief Makers activity sheets

This download includes wordsearches and puzzles for the Summer Reading Challenge 2018. Follow the links below for more Mischief Makers activities. Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge

07 June 2018

The Songs by Charles Elton Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide to the new novel from the bestselling author of Mr Toppit, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick.

07 June 2018

Happily Ever After: The Little Mermaid by Alex Fields - Teacher's Notes

A little mermaid must say goodbye to her sea legs if she is to be with her prince. Owen Swan’s ethereal illustrations recreate life and beauty under the sea. AGE: 4-8 years Download the Teacher’s Notes for some excellent guidance on how you...

07 June 2018

DK Football Book - Poster (Digital)

DK presents three books all about football, telling you everything you need to know in preparation for the 2018 World Cup. To help you celebrate, this poster has been created to display.

07 June 2018

DK Star Wars Maker Lab – Activity Sheet

Ever wanted to move things without touching them like a Jedi can? Or grow your own kyber crystal? Or maybe explode a balloon with a beam of energy, just like the Death Star? Now you can! With 20 amazing projects, Star...

06 June 2018

Mischief Makers: Guide to the core pack

This resource is for library authorities running Mischief Makers and explains how to use the core pack and collector stickers. Download this guide to share with library staff and volunteers running the Challenge. This guide is designed as a training...