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08 Apr 2024

b small publishing’s Young Language Learner Award is back for 2024!

b small publishing’s Young Language Learner Award is back for 2024! Children aged between 6 -11 are encouraged to send in a story or comic written in a language of their choice, other than a mother tongue. To mark the excitement for various sporting events happening this summer, including Euro 2024, the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games, the theme for this year’s competition is TEAM SPIRIT. Entrants are encouraged to interpret the theme however they see fit! Entries close Mon 10 June and...

04 Apr 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...

04 Apr 2024

The Reading Agency’s April booklist - Nature and Conservation

Earth Day 2024 will take place on 22 April. To support any activity you may want to run, we have collated a booklist with a mix of poetry, fiction and non-fiction books with strong themes of nature and conservation. We would love to hear what books you’d recommend on social media using #booklist and tagging @readingagency. You can see our past booklists here. Our monthly booklists The monthly themed booklists are co-ordinated in-house by the Reading Partners team. The aim of our booklist...

03 Apr 2024

Andersen Press - a bumper pack of activities for children

Andersen Press have created a free activity pack inspired by their new titles, perfect for keeping kids entertained whatever the weather! It features free drawing activities, colouring sheets and games based on a selection of Andersen Press titles: • Luna Loves Gardening by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers • Shine Like The Stars by Anna Wilson, illustrated by Harry Woodgate • Where is the Cat? By Eva Eland • Trains, Boats and Planes by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Jez...

27 Mar 2024

Agent Harrier: This Book Will Self-Destruct by Ben Sanders - digital resources

About the book This book will explode in 5 minutes. NO TIME TO LOSE! Agent Harrier must follow the red wire and defuse the bomb before it’s too late. Will our canine spy extraordinaire save everyone from being blasted to smithereens? And just WHO planted the wretched bomb in the first place?! Be careful not to bark up the wrong tree, Harrier – it looks like something very fishy could be ahem apaw . . . This stylish graphic novel is a funny, punny twist on the traditional spy caper. The first...

27 Mar 2024

The Secret Hours by Mick Herron - digital resources

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Crime & Thriller Book of the Year 2024 About the book Two years ago, the Monochrome inquiry was set up to investigate the British secret service. Monochrome’s mission was to ferret out misconduct, allowing the civil servants seconded to the inquiry, Griselda Fleet and Malcolm Kyle, unfettered access to confidential information in the service archives. But with progress blocked at every turn, Monochrome is circling the drain . . . Until the OTIS file...

26 Mar 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.

22 Mar 2024

Animal All-Stars by Clare Balding - School Resources

A HILARIOUS GUIDE TO THE ANIMAL KINGDOM WHERE YOUR FAVOURITE ANIMALS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD The athletes have arrived. The excitement is building. Grab your popcorn and get ready to witness the most entertaining sports day ever with commentator Clare Balding. Who would win… the Australian tiger beetle or the peregrine falcon? Who is the strongest… the extraordinary ant or the grumpy gorilla? Who has the best superpower… the headless cockroach or the jet-powered squid? From speed, agility and...

21 Mar 2024

Best Friends Forever - Bigg School Teaching Resources

Welcome to BIGG SCHOOL! Lola and Evie have been BFF since they were babies. When Lola discovers that they’re in different classes at their new school, it’s a total disaster! Lola is forced to sit next to Daniel, the most annoying boy on the planet. Worse still, Evie makes a brand new friend – snooty show-off, Cleo – who wants Evie all to herself. Three most definitely IS a crowd, but Lola is not going to lose her BFF without putting up a fight! With illustrations that express the often...

21 Mar 2024

Double Drama Teaching Resources and Book Club Card

Life isn’t easy for Daniel Littleton. His mum always seems to be ill, his dad is always working and his little twin sisters drive him up the wall! At school, Daniel feels like he’s the only kid in his friendship group without the latest trainers or model of X-Box. Worse of all, his mates are starting to notice. So when he gets the main part in the school play, he is thrilled. But it isn’t long before his life is conflicted by home and school life, and he must make some hard decisions if he’s...

13 Mar 2024

Cluedle: The Case of the Dumpleton Diamond by Hartigan Browne - Activity sheet

Can you work out Cluedunnit? For mystery fans, a brand new puzzle book for code-cracking families and skilful young super sleuths. Team up with world famous private investigator Hartigan Browne and crack the curious case of the Dumpleton Diamond by solving 50 fun brain-busting puzzles. A funny and intriguing mystery story sets the scene in the village of Dumpleton where detectives need to discover: - Who pup-napped Dave the dog? - What is important about The Flying Goat? - How the Dumpleton...

13 Mar 2024

On Silver Tides by Sylvia Bishop (12+) - Reading group guide

Full of heart, drama and beauty, this sweeping fantasy inspired by ancient folklore will draw you into a secret world within Britain’s waterways. Kelda has always protected her little sister Isla from danger on the rivers, and from the suspicions of their community. For Isla cannot breathe underwater – and so her very existence is forbidden by silvermen’s Lore. Now the rivers of England are growing sick: monstrous creatures are awakening and a fierce torrent of blame falls upon Kelda’s...

13 Mar 2024

On Silver Tides by Sylvia Bishop (12+) - Teaching resource

Full of heart, drama and beauty, this sweeping fantasy inspired by ancient folklore will draw you into a secret world within Britain’s waterways. Kelda has always protected her little sister Isla from danger on the rivers, and from the suspicions of their community. For Isla cannot breathe underwater – and so her very existence is forbidden by silvermen’s Lore. Now the rivers of England are growing sick: monstrous creatures are awakening and a fierce torrent of blame falls upon Kelda’s...

13 Mar 2024

Artezans: The Forgotten Magic by L.D. Lapinski - Teaching resource

Prepare for the magical adventure of your dreams, in the first in a brand-new series by L.D. Lapinski, author of Strangeworlds Travel Agency. For the last 400 years, magic has been fading… Edward Crane has always feared he won’t have any magic at all. Sure, he’s part of a powerful magic Artezan family, but he’s adopted. His twin sister, Elodie, isn’t so worried, but then everything always seems to work out perfectly for her. So when Ed discovers he does have an Artezan power after all, he’s...

12 Mar 2024

GollanczFest - digital assets

Gollancz is the UK’s #1 Sci-fi, Fantasy & Horror publisher, bringing you epic books by the likes of Brandon Sanderson, Victoria Aveyard, Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie, Natasha Pulley, and many more. Its fan-favourite festival GollanczFest returns on 16 March, and to celebrate, we’re taking over libraries nationwide! Download a digital pack to help you put a fantastical spin on your library. Dig out your favourite sci-fi classics and celebrate the romantasy stars of tomorrow with an...

07 Mar 2024

The Reading Agency’s March booklist - Wonder Women

To mark International Women’s Day (8 March) and celebrate the achievements, triumphs and general brilliance of women and girls around the world, we have created a booklist with stories about wonder women and girls. We would love to hear what books you’d recommend on social media using #booklist and tagging @readingagency. You can see our past booklists here. Our monthly booklists The monthly themed booklists are co-ordinated in-house by the Reading Partners team. The aim of our booklist...

04 Mar 2024

The Gruffalo 25th Anniversary - Digital packs

“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.” Happy birthday Gruffalo! Return to the deep dark wood where it all began with The Gruffalo 25th Anniversary Edition. Celebrate 25 years of this family favourite with a special birthday edition of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s classic story. Including bonus extra content to enjoy together, rediscover the much-loved tale of the quick-witted mouse and everyone’s favourite monster, and their...

29 Feb 2024

New Kid on Deck: Pirate Academy by Justin Somper

From Justin Somper, award-winning author of the Vampirates series, comes a new fast-paced and exciting fantasy adventure series. Jacoby Blunt and Jasmine Peacock are students at the elite Pirate Academy, where lessons range from Knots Class to Combat Workshop and Navigation by Map or Moon. The teachers are all pirate legends. The pressure is always on. When a new kid, the mysterious Neo Splice, arrives, everything changes FAST. Suddenly the dangers are no longer simply out on the oceans but...

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

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...

22 Feb 2024

When I Feel Red: A powerful story of dyspraxia, identity and finding your place in the world

‘I feel like I’m always … last. Like I’m running to try and keep up with everyone but it’s no good.’ April has always marched to the beat of her own drum, but would life be easier if she learned to fit in? Now that she’s in Year 8, things have got even worse. She’s much more likely to be trying to rescue an animal in need than worrying about who’s dating who at school, which April just finds BORING. Plus, her lessons feel like they’re in a foreign language, and it suddenly seems impossible to...

22 Feb 2024

Warriors Book 1: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

Take your first steps into the wilderness with Rusty the house cat as he leaves his home to go and live in the wild. A thrillling new feline fantasy series that draws you into a vivid animal world. When ‘kittypet’ Rusty strays into the forest beyond his owner’s garden and is ambushed by a wild cat, life as he knows it is over. After a brave fight, he is invited to leave the ‘twoleg’ world and join ThunderClan, one of four cat tribes, to train as a warrior. Rusty becomes Firepaw and learns...

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...

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