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10 May 2022

Latest opportunities from our publisher partners for schools and libraries - free sets of books and POS packs!

If you have a reading group with children or work in a school or library – we have some fantastic opportunities for you! We have free author visits, 1000s of books for children and young people reading groups to read...

05 May 2022

The Usborne Unworry Pack

The Usborne Unworry Pack is a collection of fun, mindful activities to help children and adults UNWORRY. It’s full of things to calm you down and distract you, and places where you can put your worries, instead of letting them...

27 September 2021

Celebrate Libraries Week with Walker Books - digital resource

Join in the celebrations for Libraries Week with our special library themed double sided poster featuring illustrations from Moose’s Book Bus, an homage to storytime, libraries and community by Inga Moore, one of the most acclaimed children’s bookmakers working today,...

24 September 2021

October, October by Katya Balen - digital resources

‘Quite simply one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read’ Kiran Millwood Hargrave October and her dad live in the woods. They know the trees and the rocks and the lake and stars like best friends. They live in the...

02 September 2021

You Will Be Okay by Julie Stokes – School Resources

Hachette Children’s Books have created an essential handbook to provide comfort and guidance for children aged 8+ experiencing loss. About the book The death of a parent, sibling or friend is one of the most traumatic experiences for a child and it...

29 June 2021

GIRL (in real life) by Tamsin Winter - Teachers' Notes & Discussion Questions

What’s it like to grow up online and have every tantrum, every spot – even your first period – broadcast to hundreds of thousands of followers? A funny and heartfelt novel for fans of Geek Girl, from the award-winning Tamsin...

25 June 2021

A Glasshouse of Stars by Shirley Marr - Teachers' Notes and digital pack

A Glasshouse of Stars is a powerful story based on Shirley Marr’s childhood experience of migration. This teaching and discussion resource pack aimed at 8+/KS2+ readers explores some of the important themes within the book such as bullying, grief, fears...

24 May 2021

The Yearbook by Holly Bourne - Teachers' Notes

Paige is used to staying quiet in the face of lies. Like how popular girl Grace is a such an amazing person (lie). How Laura steals people’s boyfriends (lie). How her own family are so perfect (lie). Now Grace and friends...

14 May 2021

The Lightning Catcher by Clare Weze - Teacher Notes

Alfie has noticed a few things since his family moved to Folding Ford. He really misses life in the city. He and his sister don’t exactly fit in here. But the most interesting one is that the weather is BONKERS....

14 May 2021

Cardboard Cowboys by Brian Conaghan - Teacher Notes

Multi-award-winning author Brian Conaghan’s first book for 10+ readers is a future classic brimming with humour and heart Even though I found him living in a house made of cardboard, Bruce is a massive legend. FACT. So this mine and Bruce’s...

14 April 2021

The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud - Discussion Guide

England has been radically changed by a series of catastrophes – large cities have disappeared and London has been replaced by a lagoon. The surviving population exists in fortified towns where they cling to traditional ways, while strangely evolved beasts...

13 April 2021

The Black Friend by Frederick Joseph - Discussion Guide

Speaking directly to the reader, Frederick Joseph offers powerful reflections on his own experiences with racism in The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person. As a former “token Black kid”, he now presents himself as the friend...

17 March 2021

What’s the T? by Juno Dawson – Discussion Questions

What’s the T? is the essential guide to help readers aged 14+ discover what it means to be transgender and/or non-binary. From identity and expression to coming out and dating, Juno Dawson offers a frank and funny exploration of life...

04 February 2021

February 2021 Children's and Young People booklist - Express Yourself (Children's Mental Health Week)

Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is Express Yourself as expressing yourself is about finding ways to share...

04 December 2020

The Witching Stone by Danny Weston - Digital Pack

UCLan Publishing have created a spooktacular digital pack of videos and discussion points to help you and your pupils enjoy the new YA coming of age horror story from Danny Weston. For Alfie Travers, a summer away from his...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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

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...

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...

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

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...