Resources

16 Nov 2020

The History of African and Caribbean Communities in Britain by Dr Hakim Adi - Teachers' Notes

Newly updated, The History of African and Caribbean Communities in Britain explores why people came to Britain, the problems they faced and the contributions these communities have made to British society. Brought to life with case studies and rarely published photographs, this is an opportunity to get up close to the experiences and vital impact African and Caribbean people have had in Britain. Meet pioneers such as Olaudah Equiano and Phyllis Wheatley and find out why African and Caribbean...

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05 Nov 2020

A Christmas Gift from Bob discussion and activity guide

Download this free discussion and activity guide from Lionsgate and CILIP (The Library and Information Association) for the new feel-good Christmas film A Christmas Gift from Bob, based on the bestselling book by James Bowen. In 2007, James Bowen was recovering from heroin addiction and earning a living by busking in Covent Garden. When he came home to find a stray cat outside his door, he gave him a home – never expecting that in return, Bob would give him the strength to build a new life....

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05 Nov 2020

November 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Non-fiction

For Non-Fiction November, we have created a list filled with the best non-fiction for children and young people. There are memoirs, essay collections and books with great advice. You can join in with the conversation online using #NonFictionBooklist and tagging us using @readingagency on Twitter and @SummerReadingChallengeUK on Facebook.

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26 Oct 2020

Reading Guide for The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden, a Sky original tells the story of Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx – Genius, The Little Stranger), a 10-year-old girl sent to live with her uncle Archibald Craven (Colin Firth), under the watchful eye of Mrs. Medlock (Julie Walters) with only the household maid, Martha (Isis Davis) for company. The film is set in 1940s England at Misselthwaite Manor, a remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors. Mary begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly after...

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25 Oct 2020

Awesomely Austen - Book Club Pack

Meet your new favourite heroines – they’re bold, brilliant and totally awesome! Fresh, funny and accessible retellings of Jane Austen’s classic stories, with witty black and white illustrations throughout. The perfect way to discover Austen for the first time, this bright and bold collection features some of the most inspiring and famous heroines in English literature. For readers aged eight and up. Awesomely Austen: Pride & Prejudice written by Katherine Woodfine and illustrated by...

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15 Oct 2020

A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth by Francesca Gibbons and illustrated by Chris Riddell - a digital pack

It’s time to enter a magical new world. Imogen should be nice to her little sister Marie. She should be nice to her mum’s boyfriend too. And she certainly shouldn’t follow a strange silver moth through a door in a tree. But then… who does what they’re told? Followed by Marie, Imogen finds herself falling into a magical kingdom where the two sisters are swept up in a thrilling race against time. Moving fast to escape the monsters that come out after dark, and longing to return home, they find...

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15 Oct 2020

The Kid Who Came From Space by Ross Welford - Teachers' Notes

The stunning new 10+ story from the bestselling and award-winning author of TIME TRAVELLING WITH A HAMSTER, for anyone who loved the humour of WALL-E, the action of STAR WARS and the deeply touching emotion of ET. A small village in the wilds of Northumberland is rocked by the disappearance of twelve-year-old Tammy. Only her twin brother, Ethan, knows she is safe – and the extraordinary truth of where she is. It is a secret he must keep, or risk never seeing her again. But that doesn’t mean...

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15 Oct 2020

Social media assets for Lowborn by Kerry Hudson + creative writing guide

Download this free digital pack containing ready-to-use social media assets, an extract from the book and a guide to creative writing written by the author, Kerry Hudson.

12 Oct 2020

The Reading Agency's toolkit for hosting online events

As events continue to move to online formats, we have created a toolkit to support libraries and other organisations to host their own author Q&As, panel discussions and readings. If you have any questions or would like further information and support, please get in touch with zoe.sadler@readingagency.org.uk.

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12 Oct 2020

Halloween characters pack from Oxford Children’s Books - digital resources

Oxford University Press have a wickedly witchy set of digital resources for you to download and use this Halloween. Click on the links below to download the resources: - Super Happy Magic Forest: Slug of Doom activity sheet (2+) - Mirabelle Gets Up to Mischief potions activity sheet (5+) - The Last Spell Breather magical spells activity sheet (7+) - Victoria Stitch: Bad and Glittering Reading notes (9+) We would love to see photos of your wickedly witchy fun. You can do this by using...

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12 Oct 2020

There’s a Rang-tan in My Bedroom - digital pack

There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom is based on the Greenpeace film that became a viral sensation, about a little girl who discovers a mischievous orangutan on the loose in her bedroom, and she can’t understand why it keeps shouting OOO! at her shampoo and her chocolate. But when Rang-tan explains that there are humans running wild in her rainforest, burning down trees so they can grow palm oil to put in products, the little girl knows what she has to do: help save the...

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07 Oct 2020

October 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Powerful Poetry

The fantastic National Poetry Day shines a spotlight on how much fun and important poetry is. We have created a booklist with some of our favourite rhyming picture books, poetry collections and books written in verse. You can join in with the conversation online using #PowerfulPoetryBooklist and tagging us using @readingagency on Twitter and @SummerReadingChallengeUK on Facebook.

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02 Oct 2020

The Castle of Tangled Magic read-along with Sophie Anderson - resources and videos

Want to read-along The Castle of Tangled Magic with the author? Sophie Anderson is running a fairy-tale read-along. Simply download the following resource pack, and head to https://bit.ly/TMreadalong to take part. Sophie’s read-along features author videos, discussion points, activities, and competition prizes – for classrooms, libraries, and all the readers at home. Let us know if you’re joining in @Usborne @Sophieinspace #TheCastleofTangledMagic to win display materials for your...

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02 Oct 2020

How to run a virtual reading group with children and young people

Are you wondering how your reading group can continue to meet, even while you’re social distancing? With restricted access to public and school libraries many children and families at home are looking for activities to keep children entertained. We know that books are so important to provide comfort, solace and escapism as well as fun. Virtual reading groups can help children with their confidence through talking about books, and to encourage them to read more widely. In this resource we...

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01 Oct 2020

October 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Brilliant books by black authors and illustrators

As October is Black History Month, we have created a booklist of 65 brilliant books created by black authors and illustrators. There is something for everyone with fantastic poetry, graphic novels, fiction and non-fiction titles. You can join in with the conversation online using #BrilliantBooksBooklist and tagging us using @readingagency on Twitter and @SummerReadingChallengeUK on Facebook.

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29 Sep 2020

Zombierella - exclusive Libraries Week poster

CELEBRATE LIBRARIES WEEK WITH FAIRY TALES GONE BAD! Crawl out of the grave and step into your mushroom carriage for Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad, a haunting and humorous adventure of an undead girl searching for her happily ever after. Described by Malorie Blackman as “quirky and original”, this is the first in a funny, deliciously dark, three-part series of twisted classics, written in verse by award-winning poet Joseph Coelho and illustrated by Freya Hartas. Join in the celebrations...

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24 Sep 2020

Celebrate Coding Week with Agent Asha - digital pack

Walker Books would love to join you in celebrating Coding Week with a special offer for libraries nationwide. Computer code just got dangerous in this new action-packed spy adventure series from Sophie Deen “This rip-roaring secret agent caper for seven-plus is full of algorithms, debugging – broken down and engagingly explained – and fart jokes.” Guardian Asha Joshi has the perfect excuse not to finish her homework. She’s just been recruited to join the top-secret Children’s Spy...

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23 Sep 2020

Zombierella digital pack from Walker Books

And she died happily ever after… Crawl out of the grave and step into your mushroom carriage for Zombierella: Fairytales Gone Bad, the first in a funny, deliciously dark, three-part series of twisted classics, written in verse by award-winning poet Joseph Coelho and illustrated by Freya Hartas. A yellow moon hangs in a satin sky the night Cinderella, barefoot and in hand-me-downs, slips at the top of the stairs … and dies. But not for long. The Shadow of Death arrives to breathe life back...

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08 Sep 2020

How Much of These Hills Is Gold - Readers' Guide

In July 2020 the Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang by clicking below.

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08 Sep 2020

Love and Other Thought Experiments - Readers' Guide

In July 2020 the Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward by clicking below.

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08 Sep 2020

Shuggie Bain - Readers' Guide

In July 2020 the Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart by clicking below.

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08 Sep 2020

Redhead by the Side of the Road - Readers' Guide

In July 2020 the Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler by clicking below.

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08 Sep 2020

Real Life - Readers' Guide

In July 2020 the Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Real Life by Brandon Taylor by clicking below.

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08 Sep 2020

Such a Fun Age - Readers' Guide

In July 2020 the Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid by clicking below.

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08 Sep 2020

The Shadow King - Readers' Guide

In July 2020 the Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste by clicking below.

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08 Sep 2020

Apeirogon - Readers' Guide

In July 2020 the Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Apeirogon by Colum McCann by clicking below.

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08 Sep 2020

The Mirror and the Light - Readers' Guide

In July 2020 the Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel by clicking below.

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08 Sep 2020

Who They Was - Readers' Guide

In July 2020 the Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze by clicking below.

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08 Sep 2020

Burnt Sugar - Readers' Guide

In July 2020 the Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi by clicking below.

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08 Sep 2020

This Mournable Body - Readers' Guide

In July 2020 the Booker Prize revealed the longlist for the 2020 prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga by clicking below.

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