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01 Jul 2022

Secrets of an Undercover Activist by Nat Amoore - teaching resources and activity pack

Secrets of an Undercover Activist is the outrageous story of three best friends, one greedy mayor and a whole lot of pranking, by Nat Amoore! This book is suitable for readers aged 8+ Casey Wu tries to stay out of the spotlight, which is why no one would suspect her of being the mastermind behind a string of attention-grabbing stunts. Together with best friends Zeke and Cookie, she is part of Green Peas – a secret activist organisation designed to make adults sit up and pay attention to...

01 Jul 2022

Latest opportunities from our publisher partners for schools and libraries - author visits, 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 together and competitions. If you would like some display and activity packs then visit our shop. We also have hundreds of fantastic digital packs and resources including booklists on our Chatterbooks resources page. Download the attachment for more information about all of these...

26 Jun 2022

Ghostcloud by Michael Mann - digital pack

Catch the wind. Find your freedom. Kidnapped and forced to shovel coal underneath a half-bombed, blackened power station, 12-year-old Luke’s life is miserable. Then, he discovers he can see things others can’t. Ghostly things. Specifically, a ghost-girl named Alma. Alma, who can ride clouds through the night sky and bend their shape to her will, befriends Luke. And with Alma’s help, Luke discovers he is in fact a rare being – half-human and half-something else… Then Luke learns the terrible...

23 Jun 2022

Summer Reading Challenge x StoryTrails additional apps and ideas

Additional apps and ideas for StoryTrails x Summer Reading Challenge activities

23 Jun 2022

Summer Reading Challenge x StoryTrails

StoryTrails is a unique, immersive storytelling experience. It aims to allow local people to experience their town in a completely new way through immersive technology, including augmented and virtual reality. People will be able to use this new technology to travel back in time, experiencing untold histories from their local community. The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual reading engagement programme delivered by The Reading Agency. It aims to tackle the summer reading ‘dip’ by...

20 Jun 2022

Leilong's Too Long! and Leilong the Library Bus activity pack

Teacher notes for Leilong the Library Bus and Leilong’s Too Long! (pdf) A Leilong’s Too Long! colouring in sheet (pdf) A video of the illustrator painting a mural in a children’s library, based on the book (mp4) A look inside book trailer for Leilong’s Too Long! and Leilong the Library Bus (mp4) Assets for sharing on social media

20 Jun 2022

'Autumn Moonbeam' Activities

Dive into the world of Autumn Moonbeam with this activity pack, including puzzles, a recipe and instructions to create a puppet theatre. THE BOOK Autumn Moonbeam loves gymnastics and dance so when Sparkledale Dance Academy have tryouts for their competitive dance team, Black Cats, she thinks it’s the most broom-tastic opportunity ever! Just one problem, Autumn is nervous and worries she won’t make it onto the team. And then she discovers that her nasty neighbour Severina Bloodworth, who is...

16 Jun 2022

The Encyclopedia of STEM Words display and activity pack

This pack contains: Downloadable STEM words colouring sheet (pdf) Downloadable illustrations to print out and display (pdf) Downloadable A4 ‘the A-Z of STEM Words’ poster (pdf)

16 Jun 2022

Join the adventure club with Jess Butterworth - activity pack

Join the adventure club this summer and embark on the journey of a lifetime. Instil a love of reading and adventure with your class with this fantastic series by much-loved author Jess Butterworth – writer of classic adventure stories in vibrantly described settings. Journey to Nepal to meet red pandas, to India to search for endangered tigers, and to the Arctic circle to find polar bears in the first three books in this brilliant new series. At the end of each book there’s a wildlife...

15 Jun 2022

When I See Blue by Lily Bailey – Teaching Resources

An unforgettable, heartfelt story about life with OCD and the unique power of friendship, from inspiring author and mental health activist, Lily Bailey. Perfect for readers of A Kind of Spark and The Goldfish Boy. About the Book New town, new school, but the bully is in Ben’s head… There are 4 things you should know about Ben: 1. He’s 12 years old 2. He’s the new kid at school 3. His special number is 4 4. He has a bully in his brain Sometimes Ben’s brain makes him count to 4 to prevent bad...

01 Jun 2022

The Reading Agency's June Booklist for Children & Young People - Around the World/Refugee Week

This month we are celebrating books set in different countries and those by authors and illustrators from around the world! Read on to be transported to Mumbai, Paris, Nigeria and many other locations across the globe and discover Samurai, the Northern Lights and even a tomato-throwing festival along the way! We have also compiled a booklist focusing specifically on books written by and about refugees or former refugees. This is to mark Refugee Week, which takes place from 20-26 June 2022....

01 Jun 2022

The Reading Agency's June Booklist for Adults - Refugee Week

This month, we have compiled a booklist focusing specifically on books written by and about refugees or former refugees. This is to mark Refugee Week, which takes place from 20-26 June 2022. Here you will find a range of fiction and non-fiction books that explore the struggles, achievements, bravery, resilience and strength of refugees around the world.

25 May 2022

'Zeina Starborn and the Sky Whale' Teaching Resources

This Teachers’ Resource pack is full of activities for KS2 Teachers and Librarians to use with their students based on ‘Zeina Starborn and the Sky Whale’. The subjects included are literacy, Art, Design & Technology, and PSHE. About the Book Meet explorers, inventors, and mighty sky whales in this richly inventive fantasy, perfect for 9+ fans of BRIGHTSTORM and ORPHANS OF THE TIDE. Zeina Starborn spends her days dreaming of adventure in the sky and escaping the smog-filled city of...

25 May 2022

'Maddy Yip's Guide to Life' Teaching Resources

This resource is full of reading notes and activities aimed at KS2 students, reading books in the Maddy Yip series. The activities cover subjects including literacy, drama, PSHE, and Art, Design & Technology. About ‘Maddy Yip’s Guide to Life’ A madcap new story from Sue Cheung, winner of the Diverse Book Award, filled with belly-laughs and packed with drawings! Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Sam Wu. Maddy Yip is perfectly happy in life, until she realises that everyone she knows has a...

24 May 2022

The Country of Others library display pack

Here you will find materials to promote the paperback edition of The Country of Others by Leïla Slimani, the first instalment of a new trilogy set in Morocco. This pack contains: • Downloadable A4 poste (pdf) • Downloadable bunting template (pdf) • Digital assets including an author video, social media assets, and examples of copy for online posts • Discussion guide (pdf) • A TI sheet, containing information about the book (pdf)

24 May 2022

The House with the Golden Door downloadable posters

This pack includes digital materials to promote The House with the Golden Door by Elodie Harper: • 1x A3 Postercard (print-ready pdf) • 1x A4 Postercard (print-ready pdf) • If you have ordered a full pack of display materials, you will also be able to access a display guide

16 May 2022

The Boy Who Sailed the World by Julia Green and Alex Latimer - author video and activity

Right from the start, the boy loved the sea! He ran along the sand, danced in and out of the waves, his heart full of longing and delight. The boy has always loved the sea. So he builds a boat and sails away on a voyage of adventure… The wonders of the world await you in this beautiful and inspiring book about following your dreams.   You can find the author video and spot the difference resources here.

16 May 2022

The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones - Classroom Resources

The Amazing Edie Eckhart is the start of a brand-new middle grade series from comedian and writer Rosie Jones, featuring a funny, feisty central character who just happens to have cerebral palsy – like Rosie herself. Rosie was inspired to create Edie Eckhart after spending her childhood reading books filled only with able-bodied protagonists, and hopes that her books will show children that it is their differences that make them unique and brilliant, and that every single one of them deserves...

13 May 2022

'Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead' Reading Group Guide

Atlantic Books is offering guides to reading groups UK-wide for the critically-acclaimed novel Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin, out now in hardback and ebook, and available in paperback from 2nd June 2022. THE BLURB ‘Funny about death, real about anxiety, witty about the things that worry us the most’ Emma Gannon, author of Olive ‘So fundamentally kind that you can feel the warmth coming off each page’ Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Starling Days Gilda cannot stop...

13 May 2022

'We Run the Tides' Reading Group Guide

Atlantic Books is offering guides to reading groups UK-wide for the critically-acclaimed novel We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida, out now in hardback and ebook, and available in paperback from 5th May 2022. THE BLURB ‘Smart, perceptive, elegant, sad, surprising and addictive. And it’s also FUNNY.’ Nick Hornby ‘What We Run the Tides probes so poignantly is the volatility of female adolescence… Knowing and powerfully enigmatic.’ Observer Teenage Eulabee and her magnetic best friend, Maria...

13 May 2022

Marv and the Mega Robot - activity sheets

Illustrated by Paula Bowles, debut author Alex Falase-Koya brings us the first book in a rip-roaring new series about an unlikely superhero, science-loving Marvin, who’s forced to don his costume to defeat supervillain Mastermind and her giant robot. Marvin is an ordinary boy who loves spending time with Grandpa, reading comics, and making science experiments with his best friend Joe. But everything changes when he discovers a mysterious superhero suit hidden in the attic… to his amazement,...

10 May 2022

All About Us series - Digital pack for teachers and librarians

The All About Us series are perfect for KS1 children. The digital pack is the perfect resource for citizenship lessons around mental health, diversity and starting conversations on those topics. You can find out more information here.

10 May 2022

The Reading Agency's May Booklist for Adults - Local and Community History Month

Local and Community History Month is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the history of where you live but also that of countries and cultures around the world. The books in this list hop from the Norfolk coast to Korea, Liverpool to Uganda, telling thrilling and fascinating stories of the people who lived then. Tell us what you thought of any of the books on the list by tagging us on social media (@readingagency)!

10 May 2022

Checkmate in Berlin printable display materials and digital assets

This pack contains printable resources to create a display to promote Checkmate in Berlin by Giles Milton, plus digital assets to share on social media. Assets for sharing on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook A4 poster (pdf) Bunting (pdf)

06 May 2022

Seed by Caryl Lewis - digital packs

A funny and big-hearted story about the power of hope and imagination when you believe in the impossible. For readers aged 8-12 years, Seed is the English-language children’s debut from Welsh award-winner Caryl Lewis. Marty doesn’t have much. Unlike his mum, who has billions of things: newspapers, holey shoes, rusty lawnmowers, broken picture frames – she keeps EVERYTHING! Their house is full to the brim. Marty does his best to look after her and wonders if anything will ever change. But on...

06 May 2022

Yesterday Crumb and the Storm in a Teacup by Andy Sagar - Teaching resources and competition!

Adventure and magic await in every teacup! Welcome to the enchanting world of Yesterday Crumb, a young girl with fox ears who has never fitted in. Taken in by flamboyant tea witch Miss Dumpling, Yesterday is introduced to a magical, walking teashop filled with fantastic customers, a flying teapot turtle called Pascal and powerful spells in every teacup! Yesterday starts to rediscover her magic and finally feels a sense of belonging. But a mysterious figure of darkness is working hard to...

05 May 2022

Brain Power by Dr Ranj - digital pack and author video

To celebrate Mental Health Week in May, Hachette Children’s Group would like to offer resource packs to help open up discussions with kids aged 7+ about their brains in conjunction with Brain Power, the new empowering and inclusive toolkit from the nation’s favourite doctor, Dr Ranj. Brain Power doesn’t just explain how the brain works. It’ll teach kids how to train their brain to get better at stuff they find difficult. It’ll show them how different people think in different ways and why...

05 May 2022

Love Being You Children’s Mental Health Week - POS pack and digital resources

Love Being You by Beth Cox and Natalie Costa, Illustrated by Vicky Barker The ideal series for Children’s Mental Health Week, LEVEL HEADERS is designed to help children aged 6-9 learn about their mental health in a positive framework, with no blame or shame. Tried and tested techniques practised by Confidence Coach Natalie Costa are at the heart of these activity books, designed to help children find their power and stretch their confidence. The latest book in the series, Love Being You,...

05 May 2022

The Reading Agency's May Booklist for Children & Young People - Local and Community History Month

Local and Community History Month is a fantastic opportunity for children to learn about the history of where they live but also that of countries and cultures around the world. The books in this list hop from ancient Arabia and Greece to 1930s Blackpool and 1890s London, telling thrilling and fascinating stories of the people who lived then. Tell us what you thought of any of the books on the list by tagging us on social media (@readingagency)!

05 May 2022

An Extra Pair of Hands digital assets

This pack contains assets promoting An Extra Pair of Hands by Kate Mosse for sharing on social media, plus a video from the author.

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