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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...

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...

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

15 September 2016

Reading Hack does #LoveToRead

Reading Hack does #LoveToRead is a way of getting young people into their local library in the two weeks leading up to the BBC #LoveToRead weekend. This toolkit has everything you need to get young people into your library from...

17 May 2016

Reading Hack Toolkit

Download the Reading Hack toolkit to get Reading Hack started in your authority. Don’t forget you can also get downloadable Reading Hack recruitment and staff materials to print locally. Get involved Follow us on Twitter If you have any questions about Reading Hack or...

05 May 2016

Big Picture Hack Pack

This Hack Pack includes hacks that use pictures, film and other media to remake reading into a piece of visual storytelling.

05 May 2016

Sound Loung Hack Pack

This Hack Pack explores the links between reading, writing and music.

03 May 2016

Reading Hack projects fund

We are pleased to tell you about a local projects fund for Reading Hack in 16/17. This will support Reading Hackers in running local projects which inspire their peers to take part in creative and cultural reading and writing activity...

25 April 2016

Remixed Reads

Cut up pages from two of your favourite books and rearrange the lines into a poem.

25 April 2016

Poetry Hacktivism

Cut up pages from magazines, newspapers or printed blogs about issues that matter to you

25 April 2016

Internet Poetry Hack

Use search terms to remix the internet into poetry.

25 April 2016

Character Hack

Cut up the dialogue of two characters in two books and make them talk to each other in a new conversation.

21 April 2016

Sound Lounge

Free write while listening to music. Do it with a friend or in a group to create a sound lounge. How do the same pieces of music influence everyone’s writing?

21 April 2016

Crisis and Creation - a Fan Fiction Hack

Write a short piece of fiction imagining a moment of crisis that led a musician to write one of their greatest songs. Don’t name the song in your piece – then see if others can guess which song the musician...

21 April 2016

Turn a Book into a Song Hack

Become a songwriter and write a song based on a favourite read.

21 April 2016

Lyric Speak Hack

Become a lyric artist and make a playlist of your own recordings inspired by a story.

21 April 2016

Novel Soundtracks Hack

Create a playlist for a read (it could be a play, novel or poem) which captures its atmosphere and story.

21 April 2016

Escaped Story Stop-motion Hack

Make a story escape from the pages with Instagram

21 April 2016

Book Trailer Cinema

Learn new digital skills by creating a book trailer for a favourite book.

19 April 2016

Running a Reading Hack planning session

Design your Reading Hack programme to create an exciting programme of hack activities, events and projects to engage more young people in your library or school. You can use this session outline with two PowerPoints to plan activity to meet...

19 April 2016

Setting up a group of young planners

One of the most effective ways of engaging with young people is to set up a young person’s planning group. This gives them the chance to take on planning roles to guide creative programming and get others involved. The group...

14 April 2016

Bookface Hack

Merge life and art by using a book to take clever picture of yourself. Add your bookface shot to all the bookface art out there on Instagram and Twitter.

14 April 2016

Six Picture Story Hack

Summarise the plot or motto of a book in six photos.

14 April 2016

A Thousand Words Hack

Take a photo that summarises exactly how a book made you feel.

14 April 2016

Dystopia Hack Pack

This Hack Pack includes 5 hacks that engage creatively with the genre of dystopian fiction plus a Dystopian Book List.

14 April 2016

Tweet from the Future Hack

Tweet Shakespeare’s views as he wakes up one morning in 2015. Has he found a Utopia or Dystopia?

14 April 2016

Dystopian Debates Hack

Why do bestselling young adult novels seem darker now than in the past? Or do they? What’s behind the dystopia trend and why is there so much demand for it? Or has it always been this way? Hold a dystopian...

14 April 2016

After the End Hack

A hack for photography lovers. Take a picture that suggests the apocalypse has just ended. Your challenge: Include a book in the photo!