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28 February 2019

Summer Volunteering Recruitment Toolkit

Resources to support libraries recruiting young volunteers for the summer holidays and year-round. This pack includes: an advocacy card to share with schools, an advocacy card to share with key stakeholders and across the library service a volunteer recruitment guide, a volunteer recruitment...

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 - executive summary

A new report that we commissioned from leading independent think tank Demos 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...

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 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...

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.

15 January 2018

Reading Hack Evaluation Guide

Evaluation is crucial to help us understand, measure and report the impact that Reading Hack has on young people and delivery partners. Please read this evaluation guide for more information about completing the Reading Hack evaluation surveys. In summary: Participating library authorities...

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.

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

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