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30 Sep 2022

Treacle Walker Reading Group Guide - The Booker Prize 2022

A Reading Guide to ‘Treacle Walker’ by Alan Garner, shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022. Includes information about the book, the author, what the Booker judges said and questions and discussion points.

30 Sep 2022

The Trees Reading Group Guide - The Booker Prize 2022

A Reading Guide to ‘The Trees’ by Percival Everett, shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022. Includes information about the book, the author, what the Booker judges said and questions and discussion points.

30 Sep 2022

Small Things Like These Reading Group Guide - The Booker Prize 2022

A Reading Guide to ‘Small Things Like These’ by Claire Keegan, shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022. Includes information about the book, the author, what the Booker judges said and questions and discussion points.

30 Sep 2022

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida Reading Group Guide - The Booker Prize 2022

A Reading Guide to ‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almedia’ by Shehan Karunatilaka, shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022. Includes information about the book, the author, what the Booker judges said and questions and discussion points.

30 Sep 2022

Oh William! Reading Group Guide - The Booker Prize 2022

A Reading Guide to ‘Oh William!’ by Elizabeth Strout, shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022. Includes information about the book, the author, what the Booker judges said and questions and discussion points.

30 Sep 2022

Glory Reading Group Guide - The Booker Prize 2022

A Reading Guide to ‘Glory’ by NoViolet Bulawayo, shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022. Includes information about the book, the author, what the Booker judges said and questions and discussion points.

30 Sep 2022

Ember Shadows and the Fates of Mount Never - author videos and teaching resources

In a land trapped by fate, only courage can re-write the future. In the magical village of Everspring, everyone receives a fate card before their twelfth birthday, sent down from the mysterious Mount Never. It tells them their purpose, their profession and how old they’ll be when they die. Nearly 12-year-old Ember Shadows has always believed she is destined for great things. But when her fate card arrives, it’s blank. What does that mean? Then, worse still, her sister’s card decrees she will...

29 Sep 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 for the autumn, 100s of books for children and young people reading groups to read together and great 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...

28 Sep 2022

Children's Yearbook 2022

To celebrate National Reading Group Day 2022, we asked our Chatterbooks group leaders to recommend the books that their participants have enjoyed over the past year, and we loved hearing what made them giggle and be inspired! With nature, dark fairy tales and the baddest panda at the zoo, these books are perfect to get children reading. 

28 Sep 2022

Icebreaker questions

You’ve read your book and come together with your group to discuss it, but where do you begin? Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to talk about first, so these handy questions will help to break the ice and get the conversation flowing.

27 Sep 2022

Yearbook 2022 booklist

The results are in! To celebrate National Reading Group Day, we asked you for your recommendations for our 2022 Yearbook – the books that have made your group laugh, cry debate and more over the past year. We loved reading your recommendations and had a hard time selecting which books to put on our list. We hope that you enjoy them!

27 Sep 2022

The Reading Agency’s November booklist for Adults – Debuts

November marks National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo (as it’s more commonly known). We want to celebrate some of our favourite debut authors of 2022. From edge-of-your-seat thrillers to thought-provoking explorations of culture and belonging, there’s something for everyone! Dive in today and don’t forget to tell us what you thought of any of the books on the list by tagging us on social media using #booklist and tagging @readingagency!

27 Sep 2022

The Reading Agency’s November booklist for Children and Young People – Debuts

November marks National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo (as it’s more commonly known). We want to celebrate some of our favourite debut authors of 2022. From humorous tales of belonging and acceptance to sensational love stories (and everything in between!), there’s something for everyone. Dive in today and don’t forget to tell us what you thought of any of the books on the list by tagging us on social media using #booklist and tagging @readingagency!

27 Sep 2022

How to start a reading group

Interested in joining a reading group or starting one of your own? Download our quick guide to getting started.

26 Sep 2022

Latest opportunities from our adult publisher partners - author visits, 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 author visits, 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.

23 Sep 2022

'Otters vs Badgers' Activity Sheets

Activity sheets based on ‘Otters vs Badgers’ by Anya Glazer.

23 Sep 2022

'The Breakfast Club Adventures' Activity Pack

This activity pack is for pupils in Years 3 – 6, to help them explore ‘The Breakfast Club Adventures’. It includes an extract of the first chapter. The accompanying Teachers’ Notes can be found here.

23 Sep 2022

'The Breakfast Club Adventures' Teachers' Guide

This resource includes support and guidance for teachers using ‘The Breakfast Club Adventures’ in your classroom. It should be used alongside the children’s activity pack. It’s aimed at Years 4 – 6.

23 Sep 2022

'The Snail and the Whale' Outdoor Activity Pack

This pack contains outdoor activities you can do to explore the themes for Julia Donalson and Axel Sceffler’s ‘The Snail and the Whale’.

23 Sep 2022

'My Granny is a Queen' Teacher Resources

Teaching resources to accompany ‘My Granny is a Queen’ for Early Years, Reception and Year One classes, from Oxford Children’s Books.

23 Sep 2022

The Lost Girl King by Catherine Doyle - Digital Pack

To celebrate the publication of The Lost Girl King by Catherine Doyle, Bloomsbury Children’s Books are offering an incredible digital pack filled with engaging and inspiring resources. The pack includes: - A sneak peek extract - Discussion notes and teaching resources - An A3 Praise poster - A selection of social media assets Join in the fun and share photos on social media using #TheLostGirlKing and tagging @KidsBloomsbury, @doyle_cat and @readingagency. It is from your feedback and online...

21 Sep 2022

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Taking the Blame – digital packs

Second in the series as Norse god Loki grumbles, snarks and doodles his way through his enchanted diary, recording the highs and (mostly) lows of living on Earth as an eleven-year-old boy. Loki might not have shown any moral improvement (yet) but Odin has given him another chance to prove himself worthy of Asgard by keeping Earth safe from the threat of Frost Giants. But eleven-year-old Loki has more important things to worry about: Parents Evening. After a series of 1-star reviews from his...

20 Sep 2022

'The Swallow's Flight' Activities for KS2

Explore the themes of Hilary McKay’s ‘The Swallow’s Flight’ with your KS2 students with this activity pack and discussion notes. Curriculum Areas covered are: Literacy, History, Science, Geography, Drama and Art.

20 Sep 2022

'Kidnap on the California Comet' Teachers and Librarians Notes

Activities to run in your classroom or library to explore the themes of American Geography & Culture, The Environment, Modes of Transport and Magic Tricks & Spy Skills. ‘Kidnap on the California Comet’ is part of the ‘Adventures on Trains’ series by M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman.

20 Sep 2022

'I Love Me' Activity Sheets

‘I Love Me’ is a first book of positive affirmations – perfect for building confidence and self-esteem in very young children. These activity sheets are based off the book by Marvyn Harrison and Diane Ewen.

20 Sep 2022

'Hello Dinosaur' Activity Sheet

Colouring page from the ‘Hello Dinosaur’ book series, illustrated by David Partington.

20 Sep 2022

'The Gruffalo' Activity Sheets

Activity sheets to use in your library to accompany Julia Donalson and Axel Scheffler’s ‘The Gruffalo Little Library’

18 Sep 2022

Social Media Guide

Reading Groups for Everyone is full of opportunities for reading groups, but publishers are often looking for feedback and reviews in return. They are also increasingly looking for groups who will share their thoughts on social media platforms. If you or your group aren’t familiar with social media, this can seem daunting. We’ve put together a simple social media guide which will enable you to take part and get up to date. Download the guide by clicking the link below.

16 Sep 2022

Cranthorpe Millner Publishers - spotlight

Cranthorpe Millner Publishers is an independent publisher based in Cambridge. Their first big title was Shaun Wallace’s autobiography, Chasing the Dream, which we published October 2018, and now they have a catalogue of just over 50 authors, though their aim is to stay small, releasing between 20-40 titles per year. To highlight an exciting, upcoming through months they have selected some of their upcoming titles to highlight and there is even some fantastic POS available for World Mental...

15 Sep 2022

Lego City Activity Sheets

Lego City needs you! Help the City Rangers and the Police with these activity sheets.

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