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02 Dec 2021

Latest opportunities from our publisher partners for schools and libraries - free author visit, 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! If you would like some display and activity packs then visit our shop. Finally, we have hundreds of fantastic digital packs and resources including booklists on our Chatterbooks resources page. There are also three great competitions on the Summer Reading Challenge Website. Click on the links to find out more and make sure you sign up to the Chatterbooks newsletter to make...

01 Dec 2021

Clifford the Big Red Dog family activity pack

Clifford the Big Red Dog, based on the much-loved children’s books by Norman Bridwell, will be released in UK cinemas on 10 December 2021. This fun activity pack has lots of ways to learn more about the film and its lovable canine lead, including games, a quiz, a colour-in picture and even a recipe for tasty dog biscuits and top tips for keeping your dog safe in the winter!

26 Nov 2021

Nature's Treasures by Ben Hoare - digital pack (including videos)

Wherever you are in the world there are natural treasures to be found. Our planet is filled with curious objects made by plants, animals and even by the Earth itself. All you need to do is look carefully and you can find treasures in the most unexpected places – even in towns and cities. Ben Hoare is passionate about nature and in Nature’s Treasures he has collected 100 intriguing items and reveals the fascinating stories behind them. Find out how bristly mouths help huge whales capture tiny...

26 Nov 2021

The History of the World in 100 Animals by Simon Barnes Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon - digital and photo poster

In December 2021, Simon & Schuster is publishing this beautifully illustrated children’s book which explores the fascinating relationship between humans and animals: from bees who pollinate our food to chimpanzees who share more than 90% of our DNA. It is perfect for children who are wild about animals! If you would like a free A3 poster of this book please email ChildrensBooks@simonandschuster.co.uk with the subject line A3 poster for 100 Animals, the number of posters you’d like and...

25 Nov 2021

The Reading Agency's Books of the Year! Children & Young People

At The Reading Agency, we have read a lot of brilliant books over the past year; books that have made us laugh, cry and get through those challenging lockdown months. Members of our team have picked the children’s book that stood out to them and shared a few words on why they loved it. 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.

25 Nov 2021

The Reading Agency's Books of the Year! Adult

At The Reading Agency, we have read a lot of brilliant books over the past year; books that have made us laugh, cry and get through those challenging lockdown months. Members of our team have picked the book that stood out to them and shared a few words on why they loved it. 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.

24 Nov 2021

Extract of Still Life by Sarah Winman

Still Life by Sarah Winman is one of the novels featured on series 3 of BBC Two’s Between the Covers. Read an exclusive extract of the novel here. Find out about Between the Covers.

23 Nov 2021

Reading Friends resource pack: The Imperfect Art of Caring

This free resource pack for The Imperfect Art of Caring by Jessica Ryn has been designed for Reading Friends projects. It contains an extract from the book and discussion questions intended to support conversations and reflections on personal experiences and stories. About the book Violet Strong is strong by name but not by nature, or so she thinks. She listens but never talks about herself. She’s friendly but doesn’t have many real friends. She’s become good at keeping people at a distance...

17 Nov 2021

Bunny vs Monkey by Jamie Smart – digital resources and author video

Don’t miss the new in-demand kids series! The first three books in Jamie Smart’s Bunny vs Monkey series have sold over 150,000 copies yet so many children are yet to discover him. Heralded as the UK’s Dav Pilkey, Smart’s full colour illustrated series follows the hilarious action-packed antics of Bunny and Monkey. You can download the author videos and digital assets from this Google Drive. Suitable for children aged 5+, the style of Smart’s witty stories will engage any child. Whether you’re...

17 Nov 2021

The Night the Moon Went Missing by Brendan Kearney - digital pack

DK are over the moon that The Night the Moon Went Missing has been selected as the Children’s Indie Book of the Month for November and we want to celebrate this with libraries and schools across the UK. Meet Moon and a little girl, Lucy, in this enchanting picture book that teaches young children about the importance of the Moon. With colourful illustrations by the super-talented Brendan Kearney, The Night the Moon Went Missing will inspire and captivate young readers. Its touching and...

17 Nov 2021

The Night the Moon Went Missing by Brendan Kearney - author video

DK are over the moon that The Night the Moon Went Missing has been selected as the Children’s Indie Book of the Month for November and we want to celebrate this with libraries and schools across the UK. Meet Moon and a little girl, Lucy, in this enchanting picture book that teaches young children about the importance of the Moon. With colourful illustrations by the super-talented Brendan Kearney, The Night the Moon Went Missing will inspire and captivate young readers. Its touching and...

17 Nov 2021

Fireborn by Aisling Fowler - Teaching Resources

Set in the snowy northern forests of an imagined prehistoric world, Fireborn is the middle-grade debut of the decade. At turns exciting, funny and heart wrenchingly sad, it marks the introduction of an unstoppable new voice in children’s storytelling. Twelve has spoken the Pledge and now she is a Huntling. She has given up her name to train in the art of fighting monsters and keeping the peace, and she won’t get to choose a new one until she has earned it. But when the Lodge’s walls are...

17 Nov 2021

Genie and Teeny: Wishful Thinking by Steven Lenton - digital pack

The second in a series of magical adventures from the renowned illustrator, Steven Lenton, winner of Waterstones Picture Book of the Month and the Times Children’s Book of the Week. Grant the Genie is happy living in the real world in a teapot with his best friend, the dog ,Teeny. But keeping a genie a secret on Earth is harder than they’d both thought – especially when Grant wants to go to school with Teeny’s owner, Tilly. Then Grant accidentally gives three wishes to the school’s bully and...

11 Nov 2021

The Prince of the Skies A3 Poster

From the bestselling author of The Librarian of Auschwitz, Antonio Iturbe, comes a captivating historical novel based on a true story – the extraordinary life and mysterious death of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. Here is a downloadable A3 poster.

11 Nov 2021

The Prince of the Skies Reading Group Questions

From the bestselling author of The Librarian of Auschwitz, Antonio Iturbe, comes a captivating historical novel based on a true story – the extraordinary life and mysterious death of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. Here are some downloadable questions for reading groups.

04 Nov 2021

Booker Prize 2021 shortlist reading groups

If you’re reading any of the Booker Prize 2021 shortlisted titles, these reading guides will help to spark discussion and get you thinking.

02 Nov 2021

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie - Book Club Kit

Oneworld have created a Book Club Kit for His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie. His Only Wife is a captivating debut and a Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick! ‘Vivid, witty and utterly absorbing.’ Daily Mail In one of the most talked about and hilarious debuts of the year, Afi Tekple, a bright young seamstress from a small town in Ghana, is convinced by her family to marry a man she has never met. The fact that she doesn’t know Elikem seems a small price to pay for a marriage that offers her...

01 Nov 2021

The Burpee Bears by Joe Wicks and Paul Howard - digital pack

Meet the Burpee Bears in this glorious picture book created by “the Nation’s Favourite PE Teacher”, Joe Wicks! For this bear family, every day is a new day: a day for adventure and discovery, and true to Joe’s ethos, each book will feature a fun and positive story with added exercises and recipes – perfect for families to share and enjoy together! The Burpee Bears is the first book in the series and is infused with Joe’s signature sense of fun. Join the bears as they explore the everyday ups...

01 Nov 2021

The Tiger Warrior series by M. Chan - digital pack and author video

Tiger Warrior: Attack of the Dragon King Heart of a tiger, strength of a dragon, body of a… schoolboy? When Jack’s grandpa gives him a magical jade coin, he finds himself caught in an ancient battle between good and evil. For he is the new Tiger Warrior, and it’s up to him to save the world! Luckily, Jack has the spirits of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac to help him. Tiger can harness the power of fire, Dragon can control water, Monkey has lightning speed and the rest, well they’re...

01 Nov 2021

Clementine Florentine by Tasha Harrison - activity pack

Clementine Florentine is an illustrated comedy for 8-12 year olds with a strong female protagonist who has a talent for poetry and a passion for Custard Creams. In an ingenious reverse ‘Parent Trap’, Clementine and her school nemesis Callum, have to work together to break Clem’s dad and Callum’s mum up, before they fall ‘in lurrrvee’ and the two poetry rivals end up step brother and sister! However, an unlikely friendship with ageing punk icon Lyn Ferno and her chatty pet parrot Viv, helps...

29 Oct 2021

Mr. Men Little Miss and Winnie-the-Pooh - digital pack

Join in on Farshore’s unmissable anniversary celebrations for two of the best loved and most celebrated children’s brands, marking 50 years of the Mr. Men Little Miss and 95 years of Winnie-the-Pooh. Help celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh’s anniversary with Winnie-the-Pooh: Once There Was a Bear, the Official 95th Anniversary Prequel. We all have a place in our hearts for the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, as told by A.A.Milne in Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. In honour of the 95th...

27 Oct 2021

Anisha, Accidental Detective: Show Stoppers by Serena Patel - Diwali Gift box activity

Anisha Accidental Detective is back with her latest HILARIOUS detective case. It’s nearly Diwali, and Anisha’s whole family are causing even more chaos than usual. And to add to the stress, her class only have one week to put on a musical about Albert Einstein and everything is going wrong. Is Miss Jive being overly superstitious, or is it sabotage?! Time for Anisha, Accidental Detective to step into the spotlight. Create your own Diwali Gift box with Anisha, Accidental Detective You will...

26 Oct 2021

The Chime Seekers by Ross Montgomery - digital resources (Teachers' Notes and Discussion Guide)

Step into a world of faerie tricks and hidden danger… When an evil faerie steals Yanni’s baby sister and swaps her for a Changeling, Yanni is swept into a dangerous race against time to get her back. For faeries delight in tricks and rescuing her won’t be easy. With the help of his cousin, Amy, and the reluctant Changeling, Yanni must travel to goblin palaces and battle-swept oceans, discovering ancient treasures and secrets along the way. Yanni will need every drop of courage and even a few...

25 Oct 2021

The Boy With Wings by Lenny Henry and Kennon Ferrell - Digital Resources (including comic activity)!

Let Your Imagination Fly: The Boy With Wings Macmillan Children’s Books are excited to introduce The Boy With Wings, the new children’s book by comedy legend, Lenny Henry for readers of 9 to 12. Illustrated throughout by Keenon Ferrell, it includes an exclusive comic book adventure illustrated by Mark Buckingham. More about the book Twelve-year-old Tunde is just your average kid: average friends, average parents, average grades. Sure, he has his quirks, but if he can avoid the school bullies...

22 Oct 2021

The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling and Jim Field - digital activity pack

One boy and his toy are about to change everything… Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve, something terrible happens – DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night for miracles and lost causes, a night when all things can come to life… even toys. And Jack’s newest toy – the Christmas Pig (DP’s annoying replacement) – has a daring plan: Together they’ll embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save...

21 Oct 2021

November Booklist for Adults: Noteworthy Non-fiction

From the interviews with famous people about love in all its forms, to the experiences of a GP during the Covid pandemic, to the history of The Beatles, our list of noteworthy non-fiction has something for everyone.

21 Oct 2021

November Booklist for Children & Young People - Noteworthy Non-fiction

National Non-fiction November is the month to celebrate factual children’s books, from shocking science to incredible histories. Discover a range of titles for early readers through to young adults and encourage them to open a book and their minds!

19 Oct 2021

A History of the World in 25 Cities – digital activity pack and competition!

From the walled city of ancient Jericho to the modern-day metropolis of Tokyo, explore the world with this stunningly illustrated book of extraordinary city maps! Co-authored by award-winning children’s authors Tracey Turner and Andrew Donkin in consultation with specialist curators at the British Museum, readers can visit cities from every inhabited continent on Earth. Featuring vibrant, beautifully detailed artwork from Libby VanderPloeg, each carefully researched map takes readers on a...

19 Oct 2021

RISE by Maliha Abidi: competition resources

This pack contains an PDF sampler of the book RISE by Maliha Abidi and a promotional poster for a competition inspired by the book. RISE celebrates the inspirational stories of 100 remarkable women of colour. From the entrepreneur with a homemade marmalade business who went on to found Women’s World Banking, to the first Black female astronaut, these trailblazers have risen above challenges to reach dizzying heights. For the competition, we ask entrants to submit a written profile or artwork...

07 Oct 2021

Adult October Booklist: Perfect Poetry

Celebrate National Poetry Day on 7 October 2021 – and every day! – with this fantastic selection of poetry collections, anthologies and song lyrics.

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