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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...

13 January 2023

The Marvellers by by Dhonielle Clayton - Extract

‘The Marvellers deserves the highest compliment I can give a book: I want to live in this world’ – Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series.   Eleven-year-old Ella Durand is the first Conjuror to attend the Arcanum Training Institute for Magical and...

12 January 2023

Albi: the Glowing Cow Boy - reading notes and activities

These activities and notes are suitable for kids’ book clubs, home learning or in the classroom. About the book On a quiet farm in a frosty England, under the glowing light of a magical milk moon, a boy calf is born....

11 January 2023

All Four Quarters of the Moon by Shirley Marr Discussion Notes

All Four Quarters of the Moon is a beautiful, heartwarming story about one family’s move from Singapore to Australia. These discussion notes explore some of the important themes within the book.

23 December 2022

The Littlest Yak - digital resources and social media assets

Look for the perfect story time read? We have a sneak peek extract of The Littlest Yak: The New Arrival and a selection of social media assets to download for your library. More about the book ‘The heart-warming and hilarious sequel to...

22 December 2022

Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers about Money by Lara Bryan and Marie-Eve Tremblay - activity sheets and videos

Understanding money today is so much more than learning about notes and coins. Where does money come from? Why do I have to save? What happens if I click BUY NOW? Find answers to important money questions, and some silly...

01 December 2022

The Reading Agency’s December booklist - Books of the Year!

At The Reading Agency, we have read a lot of brilliant books over the past year; books that have made us laugh, cry and left us with a lot to discuss. Members of our team have picked the books that...

01 December 2022

Sadé and Her Shadow Beasts by Rachel Faturoti - digital resources, video and social media assets

Explore the themes of grief, family, poetry and creativity with these learning resources for Rachel Faturoti’s glorious debut, Sadé and Her Shadow Beasts. Suitable for Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. More about the book Grief let the monsters...

24 November 2022

'Am I Made of Stardust?' Learning Resources

Explore the themes of space travel and curiosity with these learning resources for Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock’s ‘Am I Made of Stardust?’ Suitable for ages 9-11 (Year 4 to Year 6)

24 November 2022

'Wolfbane' Teacher Resources

Explore the themes of Michelle Paver’s ‘Wolfbane’ through activities and discussion in this Teachers’ Pack. About the Book The grand finale to the prize-winning adventure series that’s changed the lives of millions of readers. Breathtaking world-building on an epic scale. Pure escapism...

08 November 2022

Don't Ask the Dragon by Lemn Sissay - Activity Sheets

Don’t Ask the Dragon by Lemn Sissay is the story of a story of a little boy called Alem who goes on an adventure. It’s his birthday, but who knows where he can go to celebrate it? Maybe the bear,...

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!),...

01 November 2022

What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks - activity sheets

Unwrap a brand new adventure from everyone’s favourite crime-fighting ladybird! We’re celebrating What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas, a brand new title in the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard series by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. In a big old house, the...

31 October 2022

The Last Storyteller by Donna Barba Higuera - digital pack

An unforgettable journey through the stars, to the very heart of what makes us human. The incredible Newbery Medal-winning novel from Donna Barba Higuera. “Gripping in its twists and turns, and moving in its themes – truly a beautiful cuento.”**- NEW...

23 October 2022

Joseph Coelho - Rhymetime and Storytime digital pack

Blow a kiss, catch a kiss when we are apart. Blow a kiss, catch a kiss put it in your heart. From Eye Caterpillars to The Journey Game, and from Dancing Families to Dreamtime, Blow a Kiss, Catch a Kiss is beautifully...

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...

05 October 2022

Key Player: Room to Dream by Kelly Yang - Teaching Notes

‘Mia is the compassionate, action-driven heroine today’s readers deserve’ Publishers Weekly MIA TANG IS PLAYING TO WIN! The Women’s World Cup is coming to California, and everyone has football fever ― especially Mia! But when her PE teacher gives her a C,...

03 October 2022

Bring Your Toy to School Day (12 October) - digital pack

Hachette Children’s Group have created an exciting resource pack to help you celebrate Bring Your Toy to School Day on 12 October. The downloadable digital pack includes: - Bring Your Toy to School Day instruction sheet for teachers - Downloadable poster to...

02 October 2022

Oh No, George! - special poster for Libraries Week

Our friends at Walker Books want to help you celebrate Libraries Week with a special themed poster featuring illustrations from Oh No, George! It’s hard work being good all the time – and it’s especially hard for a dog like George!...

02 October 2022

Game Changer: A Rocky of the Rovers Novel by Tom Palmer - Activity Pack

Kick-off your reading with Roy of the Rovers, and his sister, Rocky Race! Roy of the Rovers is the action-packed football series that spans both illustrated fiction titles and graphic novels across sixteen exciting books! Roy and his sister Rocky are...

30 September 2022

Ember Shadows and the Fates of Mount Never - author videos and teaching resources

In a land trapped by fate, only courage can re-write the future. In the magical village of Everspring, everyone receives a fate card before their twelfth birthday, sent down from the mysterious Mount Never. It tells them their purpose, their profession...

28 September 2022

Children's Yearbook 2022

To celebrate National Reading Group Day 2022, we asked our Chatterbooks group leaders to recommend the books that their participants have enjoyed over the past year, and we loved hearing what made them giggle and be inspired! With nature, dark...

23 September 2022

'Otters vs Badgers' Activity Sheets

Activity sheets based on ‘Otters vs Badgers’ by Anya Glazer.

23 September 2022

'The Breakfast Club Adventures' Activity Pack

This activity pack is for pupils in Years 3 – 6, to help them explore ‘The Breakfast Club Adventures’. It includes an extract of the first chapter. The accompanying Teachers’ Notes can be found here.

23 September 2022

'The Breakfast Club Adventures' Teachers' Guide

This resource includes support and guidance for teachers using ‘The Breakfast Club Adventures’ in your classroom. It should be used alongside the children’s activity pack. It’s aimed at Years 4 – 6.

23 September 2022

'The Snail and the Whale' Outdoor Activity Pack

This pack contains outdoor activities you can do to explore the themes for Julia Donalson and Axel Sceffler’s ‘The Snail and the Whale’.

23 September 2022

'My Granny is a Queen' Teacher Resources

Teaching resources to accompany ‘My Granny is a Queen’ for Early Years, Reception and Year One classes, from Oxford Children’s Books.

23 September 2022

The Lost Girl King by Catherine Doyle - Digital Pack

To celebrate the publication of The Lost Girl King by Catherine Doyle, Bloomsbury Children’s Books are offering an incredible digital pack filled with engaging and inspiring resources. The pack includes: - A sneak peek extract - Discussion notes and teaching resources - An A3...

21 September 2022

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Taking the Blame – digital packs

Second in the series as Norse god Loki grumbles, snarks and doodles his way through his enchanted diary, recording the highs and (mostly) lows of living on Earth as an eleven-year-old boy. Loki might not have shown any moral improvement (yet)...