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01 February 2024

Reader Reviews January 2024 - Children and Young People

Did you know that we offer free reading group sets of books for groups every month? All we ask for in return are reviews. If you’d like to find out more you can sign up to our newsletters. Every month we...

01 February 2024

Paper Dragons: The Fight for the Hidden Realm Teaching Notes

n a village above the cloud sea, twelve-year-old orphan Zhi Ging is chosen to become a Silhouette, an apprentice to the immortals. Taken to an underwater realm, she begins her training, competes in thrilling challenges and discovers she can awaken...

01 November 2023

Everyday Action, Everyday Change by Natalie and Noami Evans

Making changes that help make the world a fairer place can feel overwhelming. Where do you even start?   Well… Small actions really can make a big difference!   In this inspiring guide, changemakers, sisters and founders of Everyday Racism, Natalie and Naomi Evans,...

14 September 2023

I Kick and I Fly by Ruchira Gupta - Discussion Notes

AN UNFORGETTABLE STORY BASED ON REAL EVENTS ABOUT FINDING THE COURAGE TO CREATE YOUR OWN DESTINY. More about the book In the outskirts of Bihar’s Red Light District, fourteen-year-old Heera is living on borrowed time. Her father plans to sell her into...

24 August 2023

The Story of Now Activity Pack

Think the British Empire is ancient history? Think again. It’s time to tell you an unbelievable story. One that spans more than 400 years and influences the world as you know it. Instead of endless lists of Kings and Queens, battles and...

15 August 2023

Crookhaven School Activity Sheet

13-year-old Gabriel is a brilliant pickpocket, a skill which he uses to keep his often empty belly not quite so empty. And then one day, he’s caught. But instead of being arrested, he is invited by the mysterious Caspian Crook to...

06 April 2023

BeYOUtiful by Shelina Janmohamed activity pack

This is NOT a book about what to wear, how to put on make-up or pose for a photo. This is a book about what it means to be beautiful, perfect for readers 10+. It will teach you how to decide...

24 March 2023

The Reading Agency’s April booklist for Children and Young People – A Race Against Time

Our April booklist – ‘A Race Against Time’ – is chock full of exciting and gripping reads. From books exploring the climate crisis and planet Earth to heart-stopping thrillers and tales of magic and wonder, there’s something for everyone. Dive...

21 March 2023

Mark My Words Ace of Spades Activity Pack

The ‘Mark My Words’ campaign supports a joint commitment to social justice, championing the role that reading plays in tackling inequality. By gifting the titles directly into public libraries, ‘Mark My Words’ will ensure that the books are freely accessible...

17 February 2023

Wonders of the World booklist for children and young people

March 3 is World Wildlife Day, a United Nations International day to celebrate all the world’s wild animals and plants and the contribution that they make to our lives and the health of the planet. We’re joining the celebration with...

13 February 2023

What the World Doesn't See Discussion Notes

Discussion notes for the powerful and insightful novel about grief, disability and first love; a story about getting lost and finding yourself.

02 February 2023

The Reading Agency’s February booklist for Children and Young People – Translated Books

On 21 February it is Mother Language Day so this month we have created a booklist of some terrific, translated books for children and young people to enjoy. Each book has been translated from their original language or are available...

19 January 2023

The Reading Agency’s January booklist for Children and Young People – Books to Make you Laugh Out Loud

January marks the beginning of a new year and we want to kick 2023 with lots of laughter. From picture books to graphic novels, there’s something for young readers of all ages. Escape into a world of LOL moments and...

06 November 2022

The Reading Agency’s November booklist for Children and Young People – Debuts

November marks National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo (as it’s more commonly known). We want to celebrate some of our favourite debut authors of 2022. From humorous tales of belonging and acceptance to sensational love stories (and everything in between!),...

18 October 2022

The Reading Agency’s October booklist for Children and Young People – Poetry

Celebrate National Poetry Day on 6 October and share the magic of poetry. Take inspiration this autumn with some of the best poetry writing and who knows, maybe you’ll become inspired to write your own poem. Tell us what you...

18 October 2022

October 2022 Children's and Young People booklist - Brilliant books by Black authors and illustrators

As October is Black History Month, we have created a booklist of 125 brilliant books created by Black authors and illustrators. There is something for everyone with fantastic poetry, graphic novels, fiction and non-fiction titles. You can join in with...

30 August 2022

The Reading Agency's September Booklist for Children and Young People - Back to School

For many children and young people, September marks the start of the new school year, a time that can be both exciting and daunting. We have created a booklist for all children, from nursey school age through to secondary students,...

16 August 2022

'The Last Whale' Teaching Resources

Explore the themes of Chris Vick’s ‘The Last Whale’ in your classroom with these Teaching Resources, including Whales and Whalers, Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change. About the Book From killers to conservationists, Carnegie-shortlisted Chris Vick tells the story of three generations of...

19 July 2022

'The Dragon in the Bookshop' Teachers' Notes

Use these Teachers’ Notes for ‘The Dragon in the Bookshop’ to help guide conversation in your classroom about the book and further discuss the themes. About the Book The Dragon in the Bookshopby Ewa Jozefkowicz An old Polish city fizzes with fear. The...

15 July 2022

The Reading Agency's August Booklist for Children & Young People - Escape with a Book

As lots of people head off on their holidays, we selected books that can transport a reader somewhere else even if they’re not going away. From picking up plastic pollution on a Caribbean Island to rural Ireland to Memphis, we...

01 June 2022

The Reading Agency's June Booklist for Children & Young People - Around the World/Refugee Week

This month we are celebrating books set in different countries and those by authors and illustrators from around the world! Read on to be transported to Mumbai, Paris, Nigeria and many other locations across the globe and discover Samurai, the...

06 May 2021

Children and Young People's Booklist: Back in Time

May marks Local and Community History Month and we have curated a booklist that brings together all different strands of British history, with a few stories that look further afield too. There is a mix of fiction, non-fiction and poetry,...

15 March 2021

The Supreme Lie by Geraldine McCaughrean - Discussion Questions

Twice Carnegie medal winning Geraldine McCaughrean’s enthralling new novel is set in a world paralysed by natural disaster and dangerous lies. Fifteen-year-old Gloria is maid to Afalia’s tyrannical Head of State, Madame Suprema. When the country is hit by unprecedented flooding,...

04 February 2021

February 2021 Children's and Young People booklist - Express Yourself (Children's Mental Health Week)

Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is Express Yourself as expressing yourself is about finding ways to share...

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...

02 December 2020

December 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Books of the Year

It’s been another year of fantastic books and we’re delighted to present our Books of the Year list for 2020 for children and young people. Our staff have chosen their top recommendations of new books from the year. You can...

05 November 2020

November 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Non-fiction

For Non-Fiction November, we have created a list filled with the best non-fiction for children and young people. There are memoirs, essay collections and books with great advice. You can join in with the conversation online using #NonFictionBooklist and tagging us...

07 October 2020

October 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Powerful Poetry

The fantastic National Poetry Day shines a spotlight on how much fun and important poetry is. We have created a booklist with some of our favourite rhyming picture books, poetry collections and books written in verse. You can join in with...

02 September 2020

September 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Back to School Books

Starting back at school can be an anxious time for lots of children and young people, let alone after the Covid-19 lockdown. To help support this transition, we have created a booklist of stories where characters face issues that some...

28 August 2020

YA Booklist - Reading Hack Recommendations

If you’re a fan of YA lit or are looking for books to engage young people, check out our latest YA reading recommendations, all chosen by young adults. See what our reviewers thought of each title over on the Reading Hack...