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21 February 2019
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas - author video
Angie Thomas, the award-winning author of The Hate U Give, is back with On the Come Up, a powerful story about hip hop, prejudice and fighting for your dreams. Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all...
19 February 2019
PROUD - Reader Discussion Notes and Teaching Resource Guide
PROUD is an exciting anthology of brand new stories and poetry by YA authors and illustrators exploring the theme of pride. PROUD is a rainbow-riotous celebration of LGBTQ+ talent and is the perfect book to discuss during “LGBT History Month”...
05 February 2019
Using the Reading Hack Website
A simple guide to navigating our young people’s website, www.readinghack.org.uk. This guide includes how to create a profile, join a hack, log volunteering hours, and download a skills letter. It can be used by library staff or young people.
01 February 2019
February 2019 Young People's booklist - Letters, Diaries and Memoirs
Our February Young People’s booklist – Letters, Diaries and Memoirs This month we have created a booklist of some of our favourite books for young people that are either written in diary or letter form or are a memoir. We have...
08 January 2019
January 2019 Young People's booklist - Epic Tales (Myths and legends)
Our January Young People’s booklist – Myths and Legends This month we have been thinking about myths and legends and modern retellings of these stories. We have selected six books for young people which include three novels, two graphic novels and...
06 December 2018
The Reading Agency Books of the Year - Young People booklist
Our books of 2018 – Young People Every year, the staff at The Reading Agency enjoy picking and sharing our favourite books for children and young people. We have three different booklists of the books we have loved the most...
28 November 2018
Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne - downloadable kindness resources
Spread the kindness virus with your own Prime Numbers group inspired by Holly Bourne’s latest release, Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? “I think about prime numbers. How they don’t bend and shape themselves just so they can divide nicely into...
02 November 2018
A Society of Readers - executive summary
A new report that we commissioned from leading independent think tank Demos lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the...
02 November 2018
A Society of Readers
A new report lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the full report and share your thoughts on Twitter and...
30 October 2018
Children and Young People booklist - Non-Fiction
November is National Non-Fiction month so we have loved creating a list of some of our favourite Non-fiction books. We have picked some of the best books to help get children and young people interested or inspired to try new...
04 October 2018
Children and Young People booklist - Spine-tinglers
Children and Young People booklist for October 2018 Spine-tinglers This month we have selected our favourite Spine-tinglers and Spooky Stories. What does ‘spine-tingling’ mean to you? Often we first of all think ‘scary’ – something that will make us shiver with fear –...
04 October 2018
Spine-tinglers Chatterbooks Activity Pack
Here is our Spine-tinglers Chatterbooks pack. It is filled with activities based upon Spine-tinglers and Spooky Stories. What does ‘spine-tingling’ mean to you? Often we first of all think ‘scary’ – something that will make us shiver with fear – but...
06 September 2018
Children and Young People booklist - Perfect Poetry Picks
Children and Young People booklist for September 2018 Perfect Poetry Picks This month we have selected our Perfect Poetry Picks. We’re getting in the mood to celebrate National Poetry Day on the 4th of October! We have selected some of our favourite poems...
22 May 2018
Big Bones by Laura Dockrill - Live out loud: Secondary School resources packs and competition
This resource pack is based on Big Bones, a vibrant and bold teen novel from writer and performance poet Laura Dockrill. It is a coming-of-age story about self-appreciation, body-confidence and learning how to love yourself and others – and it will...
15 April 2018
Summer Volunteering Training Toolkit
Resources to support libraries in training young volunteers during the Summer Reading Challenge and year-round. This pack includes: a training presentation for young people, a training guide for library staff, a guide to using www.readinghack.org.uk a volunteering guide for young people, a sample volunteer agreement form
19 March 2018
Scythe by Neal Shusterman - a book trailer
In a perfect world, what is there left to fear? A chilling and thought-provoking sci-fi novel from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman. A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is...
29 January 2018
Fundraising for Young People's Projects
This guide is full of ideas and advice for generating funds for one-off projects and events. It can be used by young people or library staff.
29 January 2018
Setting up a youth volunteering offer
A guide to starting a youth volunteering offer from scratch, either during the Summer Reading Challenge or year-round. This pack will be useful to libraries that want to start working with young volunteers in a sustainable way. This pack covers the...
15 January 2018
Reading Hack Evaluation Guide
Evaluation is crucial to help us understand, measure and report the impact that Reading Hack has on young people and delivery partners. Please read this evaluation guide for more information about completing the Reading Hack evaluation surveys. In summary: Participating library authorities...
12 October 2017
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Ideas Pack
Working with DofE volunteers? This pack includes sample volunteer roles, an introduction to the Award and a letter template to help with recruitment
23 August 2017
Keeping Young People Engaged
A guide to keeping young people involved in the library after summer volunteering
07 July 2017
5 Questions for author Alison Croggon - video
Walker Books asked Alison Croggon, author of the bestselling Books of Pellinor series, five questions, including why she chose to return to the world of Pellinor in her prequel novel, The Bone Queen. Watch the video to find out more...
15 May 2017
Volunteering Resources: Wales
Welsh translations of our most popular resources, including: a volunteering guide for young people, an empty belly poster, a volunteering certificate, publicity postcards advocacy card on the benefits of volunteering
13 April 2017
Developing volunteering roles for young people
A guide to creating volunteer roles with young people, plus role descriptions to adapt for summer volunteers; year-round volunteers; older or more experienced volunteers and volunteers who can’t get to the library easily.
06 April 2017
'The Hate U Give' Discussion Questions
Reading guide and discussion questions for ‘The Hate U Give’, a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was...
29 March 2017
Raising Staff Awareness
Materials and advice to help you raise awareness of young volunteers and Reading Hack in your authority. This pack includes: the Reading Hack guide, staff leaflets and posters, tips for sharing young people’s work with staff and key stakeholders
09 March 2017
The Dark Days Club video trailer
Discover the world of The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman… Combining Jane Austen’s high society and Cassandra Clare’s supernatural underworld, Alison Goodman’s Lady Helen trilogy will delight fans of historical fiction and fantasy.
16 January 2017
Samantha Shannon Book Trailer Hack
Explore the supernatural underworld of The Bone Season series and create a book trailer. The Bone Season is a ground-breaking fantasy series that has been described as “part Hunger Games dystopia, part urban fantasy”. This pack is designed to help you...
11 January 2017
Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart - discussion questions
Download these discussion questions for Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.
20 December 2016
A Monster Calls - discussion guide
Download these discussion questions for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness