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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...
05 August 2020
August 2020 - Comics, graphic novels and illustrated books booklists for children and young people
This month our booklist features comics, graphic novels and illustrated books that we think will draw children and young people into the story. We love comics, graphic novels and books that have beautiful illustrations, as well as being fun they...
17 July 2020
July 2020 - The Great Outdoors booklist for children and young people
This month our booklist is about books that immerse a reader in an environment, where the setting plays an important part to the plot or shows the beauty of nature. We’ve picked some brilliant poetry, picture books, non-fiction and chapter...
04 June 2020
June 2020 - Pride booklist for children and young people
June is Pride Month, so it is the perfect time to share our favourite LGBTQ+ positive books for children and young people. These books highlight family dynamics and stories to help develop the values of acceptance and kindness towards themselves...
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...
21 January 2020
The Monster Writing (A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness) - guide
Walker Books have an exciting creative writing challenge called THE MONSTER CHALLENGE. ‘Stories are important. Stories can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.’ Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls Are you a young person with a passion for telling...
09 December 2019
The Reading Agency Books 2019 - Children and young people booklist
Every year, the staff at The Reading Agency enjoy picking and sharing our favourite books for children and young people. We have three booklists of the books we have loved the most from 2019: picture and illustrated books, books for...
26 September 2019
October 2019 Children's and Young People booklist - Powerful Poetry
To help you celebrate National Poetry Day on 3 October, we have created a booklist of our favourite works of poetry for children and young people. There are classics as well as newly published books – all selected to help...
06 August 2019
September 2019 Children's and Young People booklist - Back to School Books
Our September booklist for children and young people is a selection of our favourite books either set in a school or about starting a new academic year. It includes picture books, guides for teenagers, a graphic novel and some amazing...
27 March 2019
March 2019 Young People's booklist - All the World's a Stage
Today is World Theatre Day so we have created a booklist of some of our favourite books for young people that were adapted into a theatre production, tv show or film. We have selected six books for young people to read...
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.
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...
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...
22 May 2018
Big Bones by Laura Dockrill - Live out loud: Secondary School resources packs
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...
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.
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...
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...
07 July 2016
Reading Hack Volunteering Guide
An A4 introductory leaflet for volunteers about Reading Hack volunteering.
17 May 2016
Downloadable resources and the Reading Hack brand
The Reading Hack brand The Reading Hack visual mark has been developed and designed in close collaboration with young people from all over the United Kingdom. It has always been our aim that young people feel a strong sense of ownership...
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...
17 May 2016
Reading Hack: Developing targeted work with young people
As you develop Reading Hack in your authority, you may be thinking about ways in which you can target your work with young people. In 2015 twelve library services were supported by funding from the Cabinet Office to engage targeted...
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.