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23 April 2021

Read, Talk, Share Bloomsbury reading list

Bloomsbury has put together a list of fiction and non-fiction books that deal with loneliness and mental health issues, as well as other fiction titles that can help bring people together and spark conversations in Reading Friends sessions. This book...

08 April 2021

Reading Friends Telephone Session Plan: Clothes

One idea of what a telephone reading befriending session with the theme of clothes could look like.

06 April 2021

Reading Friends 'Not Quite Nice' session plan

Ideas for a Reading Friends session based on Celia Imrie’s novel, ‘Not Quite Nice’. This session plan includes a synopsis and questions to be used as conversation starters.

29 March 2021

Reading Friends Telephone Session Plan: Gardens

One idea of what a telephone reading befriending session with the theme of gardens could look like.

29 March 2021

Reading Friends Telephone Session Plan: Holidays

One idea of what a telephone reading befriending session with the theme of holidays could look like.

26 March 2021

Reading Friends Tips for Managing Group Dynamics

This resource contains tips about managing group dynamics, challenging conversations and scenarios in a Reading Friends session.

17 March 2021

Reading Friends Tips for New and Prospective Parents

This resource contains tips for running Reading Friends with new and prospective parents, important things to consider, and the types of reading materials you could include. Use this resource when planning and delivering a Reading Friends session with new mums,...

23 February 2021

The Thursday Murder Club Session Plan

An extract from Richard Osman’s debut novel, “The Thursday Murder Club” and reading guide. This resource includes a reading guide and questions, that can be used for Reading Friends sessions to spark conversation and discussion.

04 November 2020

Reading Friends Celebrating Light Session Plan

A plan for a Reading Friends session to get everyone chatting about light and festivals of light.

04 November 2020

Reading Friends Celebrating Light Resource Pack

This pack provides further ideas and activities to use alongside the Session Plan. It has activities to get everyone chatting about light and festivals of light.

21 September 2020

Reading Friends National Poetry Day

Use this wonderful resource to celebrate National Poetry Day on 1 Oct 2020. Poem, discussion questions and activity ideas around the theme of hair.

21 August 2020

Reading Friends Reading-related ice-breaker questions

Use these ice-breaker questions when you first start running Reading Friends sessions, or at the beginning of a session to help people get to know each other and start conversations.

23 July 2020

Reading Friends Silly Squad session plan

A plan for a Reading Friends session with ideas to get people chatting, linked to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – Silly Squad.

22 July 2020

Reading Friends Silly Squad resource pack

This pack provides activities for all the family to chat about together – grandparents to grandchildren. It is linked to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – Silly Squad – as why should kids have all the fun!

12 June 2020

Reading Friends Personal history and reminiscence Session Plan

This resource contains a range of activities, discussion ideas and reading suggestions to inspire reminiscence about past times in your own and others’ lives.

12 June 2020

Reading Friends Personal history and reminiscence pack

This pack provides further ideas and activities to use alongside the Session Plan ‘Personal history and reminiscence.’

20 May 2020

Reading Friends Telephone Session Plan: Childhood Experiences

One idea of what a telephone reading befriending session could look like, with the theme of childhood experiences. But remember the conversations might take other directions and that’s fine!

06 May 2020

Reading Friends VE Day Resource Pack

Useful links and activity ideas to use in a Reading Friends session celebrating VE Day’s 75th anniversary over the bank holiday weekend.

30 April 2020

The Reading Agency Hub

Here you can access The Reading Agency at home. You’ll find ideas, activities and challenges from across our programmes to entertain and educate yourself, your family or those you are teaching remotely. The activities will be refreshed every couple of weeks...

14 March 2020

Reading Friends Don't Judge a Book by its Cover: Resources Pack

This pack provides further materials to use alongside the session idea Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover.

13 March 2020

Reading Friends Don't Judge a Book by its Cover: Session Idea

A plan for a book jacket themed Reading Friends session including things to look at and talk about.

12 March 2020

Reading Friends Spring: Resource Pack

This pack provides further materials to use alongside the session idea Spring.

11 March 2020

Reading Friends Spring: Session Idea

A plan for a spring-themed Reading Friends session including things to read, look at and talk about.

10 March 2020

Reading Friends Foraging Resource

This pack provides facts about what foraging is and plants that are commonly found in the UK.

05 March 2020

Quick Reads: A Fresh Start Reading Guide for Reading Friends

A reading guide for Quick Reads short story collection ‘A Fresh Start’ with questions suited to Reading Friends groups.

17 February 2020

Reading Friends Share a Story: Resource Pack

This pack provides resources and further materials to use alongside the Share a Story session idea.

17 February 2020

Reading Friends Share a Story: Session Idea

A plan for a storytelling themed Reading Friends session, including discussion starters, storytelling tips and activity ideas.

21 January 2020

Reading Friends Food for Thought: Resource Pack

This pack provides resources further materials to use alongside the Food for Thought session idea.

21 January 2020

Reading Friends Food for Thought: Session Idea

A plan for a food themed Reading Friends session, including discussion starters, things to read and activity ideas.

05 December 2019

Reading Friends Christmas: Resource Pack

This pack provides further materials to use alongside the Christmas session idea.