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13 November 2019

Birthday - Book Club Notes

“I’m gonna tell him I’m supposed to be a girl, that I can’t stand being a boy anymore, that I feel like I’m dying a little bit more everyday…” Meet Eric and Morgan. Born on the same day, at the same...

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...

09 July 2019

Space Chase Family Favourites Activity Sheet

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge for children celebrates 50 years since the first Moon landing, making it the perfect theme to inspire readers of all ages. Use this activity sheet to create a record of the books you’re enjoying and to...

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...

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”...

28 November 2018

Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne - downloadable kindness resources

Spread the kindness virus with your own Prime Numbers group inspired by Holly Bourne’s latest release, Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? “I think about prime numbers. How they don’t bend and shape themselves just so they can divide nicely into...

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.