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27 Feb 2024

Loki: Tales of a Bad God: World Book Day by Louie Stowell - digital pack

Loki is taking over World Book Day!  A collection of three short stories from trickster-God-turned-school-boy, Loki, star of the bestselling Loki: A Bad God’s Guide series. To celebrate World Book Day with Loki, Walker Books are offering an exciting combination of digital Loki resources. Each pack will include: Downloadable teachers’ notes Downloadable activity sheets Video content

26 Feb 2024

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! 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 packs and you will also find out about hundreds of books up-for-grabs for reading groups with children and young...

25 Feb 2024

Jayben series by Thomas Leeds - digital pack

The second book in an incredible immersive fantasy series about a boy with no memories and a world that only he can save. Perfect for fans of Francesca Gibbons and The Land of Roar.Jayben has realised his destiny as the Ninth Dreamer; he is the only one with the power to defeat Null, the villain who has been making everyone in the Elf World forget, but the Golden Torch has been stolen. Without it, Jayben must find another way to harness his power.When Jayben finds a golden gemstone, he...

25 Feb 2024

Shiver Point by Gabriel Dylan - digital pack

THE TIMES CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE WEEK Welcome to SHIVER POINT, home of spooks, screams and small-town horror! Enter if you dare… Shiver Point is boring. Nothing interesting ever happens there and there’s never anything fun to do. At least that’s what Alex has always thought. Until one night, in the dead dark, he spots what looks like a meteorite plummeting into Howlmoor Forest. Intrigued, Alex goes to investigate. But little does he know, four other kids have also spotted the strange streak...

23 Feb 2024

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with Paper Dragons - animation trailers

Twelve-year-old Zhi Ging has always been an outcast. Until she receives an invitation to Hok Woh, an underwater school that offers her the chance to become immortal, and to finally belong. There, she battles in hair-raising dragon boat races, meets age-shifting tutors and competes in thrilling trials. But there are rumours of a growing dark force… and students who fail the trials are disappearing. Can Zhi Ging uncover the truth before it’s too late? The first in the unmissable magical fantasy...

23 Feb 2024

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with Paper Dragons - social media assets and activity pack

Twelve-year-old Zhi Ging has always been an outcast. Until she receives an invitation to Hok Woh, an underwater school that offers her the chance to become immortal, and to finally belong. There, she battles in hair-raising dragon boat races, meets age-shifting tutors and competes in thrilling trials. But there are rumours of a growing dark force… and students who fail the trials are disappearing. Can Zhi Ging uncover the truth before it’s too late? The first in the unmissable magical fantasy...

23 Feb 2024

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - activity sheets

Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a perennial favourite with children and adults alike. Its imaginative illustration and clever cut-out detail charts the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through the week To help you celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day on 19 March, you can now download the activity sheets to enjoy with your child, class our library. Competition From 23 February – 6 March there is a competition for UK libraries to win event packs to help...

21 Feb 2024

Latest opportunities from our adult publisher partners - free sets of books and POS packs!

If you have a reading group with adults or work in library – we have some fantastic opportunities for you! We have free display packs and 100s of books for reading groups and other opportunities. If you would like some display and activity packs then visit our shop. We also have lots of reading group opportunities on our noticeboard. Download the attachment for more information.

19 Feb 2024

The Reading Agency’s February booklist - LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month takes place every February. Our booklist this month is for librarians and teachers to help them celebrate stories with strong LGBTQ+ representation or that are by LGBTQ+ creators. LGBT+ History Month is an opportunity to discover LGBT+ past and celebrate its present and future. Every year, Schools OUT sets a different theme for the month and provides free resources for education settings, businesses, services and organisations to help them celebrate and ‘Usualise’ LGBT+...

15 Feb 2024

Beastlands: Race to Frostfall Mountain by Jess French - digital pack

‘I loved how Jess combines animal expertise with infinite imagination to create an unputdownable fantasy adventure.’ – A. F. Steadman, author of SKANDAR AND THE UNICORN THIEF ‘Hugely exhilarating and wildly imaginative, BEASTLANDS is a truly magnificent new fantasy series…a heart stopping adventure packed full of intrigue, twists and a multitude of magical creatures.’ – Aisling Fowler, author of FIREBORN The island of Ramoa was once luscious and roamed by fearsome beasts. Now, entering the...

15 Feb 2024

The List of Suspicious Things by Jennie Godfrey - Book Club question cards

Yorkshire, 1979 Maggie Thatcher is prime minister, drainpipe jeans are in, and Miv is convinced that her dad wants to move their family Down South. Because of the murders. Leaving Yorkshire and her best friend Sharon simply isn’t an option, no matter the dangers lurking round their way; or the strangeness at home that started the day Miv’s mum stopped talking. Perhaps if she could solve the case of the disappearing women, they could stay after all? So, Miv and Sharon decide to make a list: a...

15 Feb 2024

The Wartime Book Club by Kate Thompson - book club kit

Jersey, 1943. Once a warm and neighbourly community, now German soldiers patrol the cobbled streets, imposing a harsh rule on the people of the island. Grace La Mottée, the island’s only librarian, is ordered to destroy books which threaten the new regime. Instead, she hides the stories away in secret. Along with her headstrong best friend, postwoman Bea Rose, she wants to fight back. So she forms the wartime book club: a lifeline, offering fearful islanders the joy and escapism of...

15 Feb 2024

Bronte Tempestra and the Lightning Steeds by Bex Hogan and Hannah McCaffery - activity sheets

A fun-filled fantasy quest starring an unforgettable new hero: BRONTE TEMPESTRA! Bronte Tempestra of the Storm Kingdom is taking charge of her own destiny – she will be the first ever princess to become a knight! But knight school isn’t the fun-filled adventure Bronte is expecting – the knights don’t seem interested in saving . . . anything. And when she discovers that the Lightning Steeds have gone missing, leaving the Thunder Trolls to wreak havoc across the lands, she knows it’s her moment...

14 Feb 2024

Mind and Me: Going to Bat - digital resources

Our friends at Knights Of have some incredible digital resources to help celebrate Sunita Chawdhary’s Mind and Me: Going to Bat. More about the book Maya is excited to join Cricket Club at school, but between sports superstars, the big green monster, and her ACTUAL MUM coming to coach the team, she has a lot to handle. And on top of that, Mind thinks they’ve forgotten something important… like sending a letter to Grandad in India! Can Maya and Mind work it all out in time for their big...

02 Feb 2024

Jane Eyre: Abridged for Young Readers by Charlotte Bronte & Patrice Lawrence - discussion guide

A beloved classic adult novel skilfully abridged to inspire and engage a new generation of middle-grade readers, from multi-award-winning author, Patrice Lawrence. As a young orphan, Jane Eyre is thrown upon the mercy of an aunt and cousins who are anything but merciful, and when they send her away to an austere boarding school for charity cases, it seems she will never be allowed to forget her humble beginnings. However, Jane has a quiet inner strength and resourcefulness, and when she takes...

02 Feb 2024

Stitch by Padraig Kenny - discussion guide

Stitch and his friend Henry Oaf were brought to life by the genius Professor Hardacre. But when his wicked nephew takes over the laboratory, they soon discover that his sights are set on Henry as his next experiment. Can Stitch and Henry escape his clutches and make their way in a world they were never built for – and may only ever see them as monsters? “A marvellously delicate parable of friendship, grief and owning being different.” – Jonathan Stroud “Brimming with heart and bursting with...

01 Feb 2024

Reader Reviews January 2024 - Children and Young People

Did you know that we offer free reading group sets of books for groups every month? All we ask for in return are reviews. If you’d like to find out more you can sign up to our newsletters. Every month we will be sharing reviews from our readers who have received copies of the latest books from our publisher partners. If you are part of an adult reading group, make sure you sign up to our Reading Groups for Everyone where you can find lots more reviews from readers and apply for sets of books...

01 Feb 2024

Paper Dragons: The Fight for the Hidden Realm Teaching Notes

n a village above the cloud sea, twelve-year-old orphan Zhi Ging is chosen to become a Silhouette, an apprentice to the immortals. Taken to an underwater realm, she begins her training, competes in thrilling challenges and discovers she can awaken a special sort of dragon. But Silhouettes who fail the challenges seem to be disappearing and rumours are spreading of a growing dark force that threatens her world. Zhi Ging begins to realise that there is so much she has yet to learn about the...

01 Feb 2024

The Girl Who Sang Teaching Resources

A beautifully illustrated graphic novel recounting the heart-rending true story of a young girl’s struggle for survival during the Holocaust, suitable for children age 10+. Born to a Jewish family in a small Polish village, Estelle Nadel ­- then known as Enia Feld – was just seven years old when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939. Once a vibrant child with a song for every occasion, Estelle would eventually lose her voice as, over the next five years, she would survive the deaths of their...

30 Jan 2024

Pablo and Splash - digital resources

Our friends at Hachette have some incredible digital resources to help celebrate Sheena Dempsey’s new series, Pablo and Splash. More about the book Join time-travelling penguins Pablo and Splash on an unexpected adventure to the time of the dinosaurs in this brilliantly funny full-colour graphic novel. Perfect for fans of Bunny vs Monkey and Bumble and Snug. Antarctic penguins Pablo and Splash are polar opposites and besties for life. Pablo is a home-bird and a careful planner. Splash is...

30 Jan 2024

A Better Day by Dr Alex George - author video for Children's Mental Health Week

Winner of the Children’s Non-fiction Book of the Year in the British Book Awards 2023 Start the new year with this positive wellbeing handbook. What if we could think of mental health in a positive way? Sweep away the rain clouds. Talk about what’s on our minds. And care for our mental health in the same way we look after our bodies. In this empowering and hopeful handbook, Youth Mental Health Ambassador Dr Alex George is here to show children how. A Better Day is a positive, accessible and...

18 Jan 2024

Reader Reviews January 2024

Did you know that we offer free reading group sets of books for groups every month? All we ask for in return are reviews. If you’d like to find out more you can sign up to our newsletters. Every month we will be sharing reviews from our readers who have received copies of the latest books from our publisher partners. If you are part of an adult reading group, make sure you sign up to our Reading Groups for Everyone where you can find lots more reviews from readers and apply for sets of books...

16 Jan 2024

Gina Kaminski Saves the Wolf - digital resources

An empowering retelling of Little Red Riding Hood about challenging the traditional narratives we are told, with a confident, autistic character at its heart. Gina Kaminski is here to tell you three facts. 1 – Little Red Riding Hood is full of BIG mistakes. 2 – She is off to fairy tale land to fix them. 3 – She WILL save the wolf. Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Certainly not Gina as she takes the narrative lead and tells the story in her own distinctive way. With fantastic illustrations...

09 Jan 2024

The Reading Agency’s January booklist - New Year, New Adventures

To kick off 2024 we have picked books that will either help you learn something new or will take you away on new adventures. Whether you’re looking to delve into some self-improvement, explore the wonders of nature, conduct mind-boggling science experiments, or embark on thrilling fictional journeys, our picks should help to start your year of exciting adventures. Tell us on social media by tagging readingagency and using #booklist. You can also find the booklists on our Bookshop.org page...

19 Dec 2023

The Wild Robot series by Peter Brown - digital pack (including extracts)

From bestselling author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed third book in his New York Times bestselling The Wild Robot series, exploring what happens when nature and technology collide. The digital pack includes: • A4 Poster – downloadable PDF • The Wild Robot Teaching Resources – downloadable PDF • The Wild Robot Discussion Notes – downloadable PDF • 3 x Sneak Peek Extracts – downloadable PDFs Download the digital resource here. More about the book The...

18 Dec 2023

Indi Raye is Totally Faking It by Lauren Layfield - Activity sheet and extract

For fans of GEEK GIRL and SUPER AWKWARD comes a hilarious new teen series from CBBC presenter and Capital DJ, Lauren Layfield. Meet Indi. She’s new to Manchester with approximately zero friends. Unless you count Gary, who, unfortunately, is a gecko. If Indi’s going to find some real mates – and maybe even a boyfriend – she’s going to have to FAKE IT. How else is she going to survive her first job in a chippy, which is anything but glam vibes? And how on earth will she attract school crush...

12 Dec 2023

The Reading Agency’s December booklist for children and young people - Books of the Year!

At The Reading Agency, we have read a lot of brilliant books over the past year; books that have made us laugh, cry and left us with a lot to discuss. Members of our team have picked the books that have stood out for them in 2024. We hope you find some inspiration for your next read, or perhaps spot a few titles you have enjoyed yourself! Tell us on social media by tagging readingagency and using #BooksOfTheYear. You can also find the booklists on our Bookshop.org page where you can buy...

12 Dec 2023

The Reading Agency’s December booklist for adults - Books of the Year!

At The Reading Agency, we have read a lot of brilliant books over the past year; books that have made us laugh, cry and left us with a lot to discuss. Members of our team have picked the books that have stood out for them in 2024. We hope you find some inspiration for your next read, or perhaps spot a few titles you have enjoyed yourself! Tell us on social media by tagging readingagency and using #BooksOfTheYear. You can also find the booklists on our Bookshop.org page where you can buy...

04 Dec 2023

Fundraising Guide

Interested in raising funds to help us on our mission to get everyone reading? Our fundraising guide is packed with ideas, tips and materials to get you started.

28 Nov 2023

Luna Loves Christmas by Joseph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers - Activity Pack

From award-winning Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho, the fourth book in the Luna Loves… series celebrates separated families at Christmas time, and shows the power of giving to bring people together. Luna loves Christmas. Sometimes at Mum’s, sometimes at Dad’s, she gets two trees, two dinners, two advent calendars to open… but this Christmas, Luna’s family are doing something different. They’re volunteering, and Luna can’t wait for them to all be together at the community Christmas...

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