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19 October 2020
Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew - Teachers' Notes, Book Club resources and author videos
Blood Moon is an extraordinary YA novel in verse about the online shaming of a teenage girl. During astronomy-lover Frankie’s first sexual experience with the quiet and lovely Benjamin, she gets her period. It’s only blood, they agree. But soon...
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 October 2020
How to run a virtual reading group with children and young people
Are you wondering how your reading group can continue to meet, even while you’re social distancing? With restricted access to public and school libraries many children and families at home are looking for activities to keep children entertained. We know...
01 October 2020
October 2020 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 65 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...
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...
02 April 2020
April 2020 children's and young people booklist - Around the World
It is World Book Night on 23 April. World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books for adults and young people that takes place every year. To help children and their families join in with the celebration...
04 March 2020
March 2020 Children's and young people booklist - STREAM (British Science Week)
British Science Week takes place between 6-15 March 2020 – and to celebrate this we have created a themed booklist based on STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) topics. To help children learn more about STREAM topics, our...
03 March 2020
The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott - discussion guide and author video
If everything was taken from you, what would you do to get it back? Agatha patrols the sea wall with pride, despite those in her clan who question her right to be there, because of the condition she was born with. Jaime...
15 February 2020
February 2020 Children's and young people booklist - Climate Change
The theme for our booklist this month are books based on climate change. To help children get a deeper understanding of the effects of climate change and this list has picture books, suggestions for children in Key Stage 2...
07 February 2020
Break The Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli - discussion questions
Break the Fall is a sensational new YA novel that provides the perfect backdrop of KS4 students to explore topics such as consent, friendship and female empowerment. Following the story of 17-year old gymnast, Audrey Lee, this story is also...
05 February 2020
Alex Rider 20th Anniversary - Teachers' Notes
CELEBRATE THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING SERIES! Encourage pupils to become READING SPIES and to take their writing to the next level with the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz – suitable for children ages 9+. The pack is...
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...
07 November 2019
November 2019 Children's and young people booklist - Anti-Bullying
This year’s Anti-Bullying Week theme is Change Starts With Us and will be happening from Monday 11 November – Friday 15 November 2019. To help children get a deeper understanding of the effects of bullying and to start conversations on...
04 October 2019
Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur - National Libraries Week poster (exclusive poem)
SOPHIA THAKUR ‘STORIES’ Celebrate Libraries Week with an exclusive poem reflecting on the power of stories and the joy of reading written specially for libraries by acclaimed performance poet Sophia Thakur. Described by Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U...
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...
18 September 2019
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave - Discussion Questions and book trailer
Gothic, feminist and romantic – The Deathless Girls is the untold story of the brides of Dracula, breathtakingly imagined by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars. On the eve of her divining, the day...
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 March 2019
Fated by Teri Terry - discussion questions
I’m just one girl. What can I do? Sam’s cosy life as daughter of the Deputy Prime Minister is about to end. These are turbulent times. Borders have closed and protests are turning violent. The government blames the country’s youth, and...
28 February 2019
Setting up a youth volunteering offer
A guide to starting a youth volunteering offer from scratch, either during the Summer Reading Challenge or year-round. This pack will be useful to libraries that want to start working with young volunteers in a sustainable way. This pack covers the...
28 February 2019
Summer Volunteering Training Toolkit
Resources to support libraries in training young volunteers during the Summer Reading Challenge and year-round. This pack includes: a training presentation for young people, a training guide for library staff, a guide to using www.readinghack.org.uk a volunteering guide for young people, a sample volunteer agreement form
21 February 2019
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas - author video
Angie Thomas, the award-winning author of The Hate U Give, is back with On the Come Up, a powerful story about hip hop, prejudice and fighting for your dreams. Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all...
19 February 2019
PROUD - Reader Discussion Notes and Teaching Resource Guide
PROUD is an exciting anthology of brand new stories and poetry by YA authors and illustrators exploring the theme of pride. PROUD is a rainbow-riotous celebration of LGBTQ+ talent and is the perfect book to discuss during “LGBT History Month”...
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.