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17 Jun 2019

Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis - Detectives in Training activity and POS packs

Attention: Detectives in Training Meet Timmy Failure, founder of the “best” detective agency in town – Total Failure, Inc. With the help of his polar bear, Total, the clueless, comically self-confident Timmy already has plans for world domination. Plans that will make his mother rich and unpaid bills a things of the past. And plans that will defeat Corrina Corrina, “The One Whose Name Shall Not Be Uttered.” Described by Philip Argagh as a “fabulously fun read … original and quirky, with...

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07 Jun 2019

I will not be erased by gal-dem

Fourteen joyous, funny and life-affirming essays from gal-dem’s talented writers gal-dem, the award-winning online and print magazine, is created by women and non-binary people of colour. In this thought-provoking and moving collection of fourteen essays, gal-dem’s writers use raw material from their teenage years – diaries, poems and chat histories – to explore growing up. gal-dem have been described by the Guardian as “the agents of change we need”, and these essays...

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06 Jun 2019

June 2019 Children's and Young People booklist - Kablam! (graphic novels and comics)

We absolutely love these comics and graphic novels that our team have selected for this month’s booklist Kablam! London Film & Comic Con takes place in July so we hope that this list can help to build up excitement.

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05 Jun 2019

Changemaker Reads

To celebrate National Reading Group Day on 15 June, we asked reading groups which books inspire them to change the world. Tackling themes of identity, discrimination and equality, these are some of the books that make you want to make a difference.

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29 May 2019

Boot by Shane Hegarty - Teachers' notes

When toy robot, Boot, wakes up at a scrapyard, it has no idea how it got there and why it isn’t with its owner, Beth. It only has two and a half glitchy memories, but it knows it was loved, which means something important to humans. Boot soon realises its emotions make it different to other robots, who just function and don’t think. Boot is scared but tries to be brave, which is hard when its screen keeps showing a wobbly, worried face. Luckily Boot meets Noke and Red –...

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29 May 2019

Evie and the Animals by Matt Haig - Activity pack

A talent that can let her HEAR the thoughts of an elephant, and make friends with a dog and a sparrow. The only problem is, this talent is dangerous. VERY dangerous. That’s what her dad says. So when she frees the school rabbit from its tiny hutch, she vows to keep her talent a secret. But after a face-to-face encounter with a lion, things start to go very wrong. Her dad – and every animal in town – is now in danger. Evie is determined to save them. And to find the truth of...

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29 May 2019

DK Science Booklet - Activity pack

DK publishes a wide range of books for KS1, KS2 and beyond to get children excited about science and engineering. In this booklet, DK pulled together a selection of activities which can easily be recreated in your classroom – or, for keen pupils, at home.

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29 May 2019

The Secret Starling by Judith Eagle - activity sheets

Faber and Faber Children’s have created activity sheets based around The Secret Starling. More about the book Clara has lived a life of solitude, home schooled under her mean uncle’s strict regime . . . until now! The day that Uncle abandons Clara, leaving her with nothing but a wedge of ‘guilt money’ and a half empty, crumbling manor house, she is determined to do things her way for a change. And when streetwise Peter turns up, with his rescue cat and a surprising...

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24 May 2019

The Lost Man by Jane Harper Extract

Read an extract from the gripping new novel from the author of the Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, The Dry and Force of Nature.

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16 May 2019

HarperCollins Spring Storytime Packs

HarperCollins Children’s Books are celebrating the arrival of Spring with a gorgeous pack of picture books and activities for little ones featuring eggs, bunnies and tadpoles from an array of amazing picture book creators! Follow Tad, the littlest almost-a-frog in the whole wide pond, in the new picture book from Benji Davies, creator of The Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island. Meet the formidable Imelda and her favourite soft toy, Bunny Wunny, in Emma Chichester Clark’s wickedly funny modern...

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14 May 2019

David Walliams Chatterbooks Pack

Since the publication of his first novel, The Boy in the Dress (2008), illustrated by the iconic Sir Quentin Blake, David Walliams has celebrated more than ten years of unprecedented growth with global sales exceeding 30 million copies, and his books have been translated into 53 languages. David’s titles have spent 138 weeks (non-consecutive) at the top of the children’s charts – more than any other children’s author ever. This month’s Chatterbooks pack has discussion questions and fun...

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14 May 2019

Side-splitting stories for children booklist - middle grade books

This month we have created a booklist of our favourite side-splitting stories that will have children laughing loudly! There are plenty of chapters that’ll make them chortle and sentences that will have you in stitches. Here are 15 of our absolute favourite funny middle grade books! You can see our list of picture books here. You can find our picks for books to make young people smile on the Reading Hack website.

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14 May 2019

Side-splitting stories for children booklist - picture books

This month we have created a booklist of our favourite side-splitting stories that will have children laughing loudly! There are plenty of chapters that’ll make them chortle and sentences that will have you in stitches. Here are 12 of our absolute favourite funny picture books! You can see our list for middle grade books here. You can find our picks for books to make young people smile on the Reading Hack website

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10 May 2019

Side-splitting Stories

This month we’re bringing you chapters to make you chortle and sentences that will have you in stitches. Including novels, essays and poetry, these books will have you laughing all day long.

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08 May 2019

The Handmaid's Tale Reading Guide

A reading guide to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid’s Tale went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against him; and the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Sales of the English language edition have now topped 8 million copies worldwide. About the book It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is...

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08 May 2019

National Reading Group Day 2019 - logo

This year, National Reading Group Day will take place on Saturday 15 June, the start of Independent Book Week. We have a downloadable logo that you can use on your materials. Just click on the link below to download.

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08 May 2019

National Reading Group Day 2019 - poster

This year, National Reading Group Day will take place on Saturday 15 June, the start of Independent Book Week. We have a downloadable poster that you can use in your library. Just click on the link below to download.

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07 May 2019

The Silence of the Girls Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

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07 May 2019

Ordinary People Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for Ordinary People by Diana Evans, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

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07 May 2019

The Sister, the Serial Killer Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

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07 May 2019

Milkman Readers' Guide - Women's Prize for Fiction

Download a free readers’ guide for Milkman by Anna Burns, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

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07 May 2019

Circe Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for Circe by Madeline Miller, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

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07 May 2019

An American Marriage Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

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02 May 2019

Dementia friendly booklist

After being diagnosed with Young-onset dementia in July 2014 Wendy Mitchell set about finding other ways to keep reading. She shares some of her favourite books with us here.

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01 May 2019

The Secret Starling Activity Pack

About the book Clara has lived a life of solitude, home schooled under her mean uncle’s strict regime . . . until now! The day that Uncle abandons Clara, leaving her with nothing but a wedge of ‘guilt money’ and a half empty, crumbling manor house, she is determined to do things her way for a change. And when streetwise Peter turns up, with his rescue cat and a surprising array of knowledge, she is sure that between them they have everything they need to survive. But the...

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30 Apr 2019

Alex Rider: Secret Weapon - book trailer

Ever since MI6 recognised his potential, Alex Rider has constantly been thrust into the line of danger. From a routine visit to the dentist that turns into a chase through the streets of London, to a school trip with a deadly twist, no day has ever been ordinary for the teenage super-spy. Secret Weapon is a collection of seven explosive adventures featuring familiar and new assailants from the much-loved world of Alex Rider, including three never-before-seen stories. Discover more and buy the...

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30 Apr 2019

Malamander - book trailer

Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep… Discover Malamander by Thomas Taylor. “Full of unforgettable characters and brimming with maritime mystery.” – Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper’s Island “Mermonkeys, monsters and magic, oh my! Malamander is a brilliantly plotted...

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30 Apr 2019

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Let's Discover Baby Animals, Flowers and Trees - book trailer

Inspiring and fun guides to baby animals, flowers and trees featuring artwork from the animated special of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. In these fun-filled guides to baby animals, flowers and trees, eager readers will learn all about spring time tinies including chicks, bunnies, lambs and all the wonder of plant life, from tiny plants to tall trees and all that’s in-between. Packed with recipes, crafts and sticker activities galore, these beautifully illustrated sticker-activity...

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16 Apr 2019

Celebrating Spring with HarperCollins Children’s Books - activity pack

HarperCollins Children’s Books are celebrating the arrival of Spring with a gorgeous pack of activities for little ones featuring eggs, bunnies and tadpoles from an array of amazing picture book creators! - Follow Tad, the littlest almost-a-frog in the whole wide pond, in the new picture book from Benji Davies, creator of The Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island. - Meet the formidable Imelda and her favourite soft toy, Bunny Wunny, in Emma Chichester Clark’s wickedly funny modern cautionary...

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10 Apr 2019

Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life by Rose Tremain, Reader's Guide

Here is a reading group guide for Rose Tremain’s Memoir, Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life. About the book Rose Tremain (or Rosie as she was then) grew up in post-war London – a city still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed. But when she is ten years old, everything changes. She loses her father, her house, her school, her friends and is dispatched to a freezing boarding-school in Hertfordshire. Slowly though, the teenage Rosie escapes from the cold...

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