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15 April 2021
Latest opportunities from our publisher partners for schools and libraries
If you have a reading group with children or work in a school or library – we have some fantastic opportunities for you! There are Read and Review opportunities where you have a chance of receiving 10 copies of a...
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England has been radically changed by a series of catastrophes – large cities have disappeared and London has been replaced by a lagoon.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...
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
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.
12 October 2017
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Ideas Pack
Working with DofE volunteers? This pack includes sample volunteer roles, an introduction to the Award and a letter template to help with recruitment
23 August 2017
Keeping Young People Engaged
A guide to keeping young people involved in the library after summer volunteering
13 April 2017
Developing volunteering roles for young people
A guide to creating volunteer roles with young people, plus role descriptions to adapt for summer volunteers; year-round volunteers; older or more experienced volunteers and volunteers who can’t get to the library easily.
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 November 2016
How to promote year-round volunteering
This guide is to help you promote year-round volunteering in libraries in a way that won’t impact on existing staff responsibilities. It includes example volunteer roles, and information on how to work with and support young volunteers.
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...
04 August 2016
Reading Hack Seminar Notes
Notes from Reading Hack seminars in York and London (June 2016), including advice for overcoming common challenges and feedback on how The Reading Agency can support Reading Hack libraries.
04 August 2016
Reading Hack Seminar Presentation
This is the presentation from the two Reading Hack seminars in York and London in June 2016. Includes information on how other libraries are using Reading Hack and how you can work with young volunteers during the BBC #LoveToRead weekend in...
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...