Resources

19 Oct 2020

Kidnap on the California Comet - Resources to create library display (competition)

Macmillan Children’s Books would love to invite you to join in with the campaign for the latest book in the bestselling Adventures on Trains series, Kidnap on the California Comet. A stop you won’t want to miss Join Harrison Beck on a new action-packed adventure! Can you find the clues and unravel the mystery before the train reaches its final destination? Display competition We would love for you to create a display to share the story with eager readers, you can use the train station...

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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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08 Sep 2020

The New Wilderness - 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 New Wilderness by Diane Cook by clicking below.

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03 Sep 2020

International Dot Day - Special Event Packs

Celebrate International Dot Day on 15th-ish September! International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. Now, every 15-ish September, more than 10 million teachers, librarians, and children in 170 countries participate in International Dot Day, making their mark by getting busy with writing, drawing, painting, or other creative outlets and...

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02 Sep 2020

September 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Back to School Books

Starting back at school can be an anxious time for lots of children and young people, let alone after the Covid-19 lockdown. To help support this transition, we have created a booklist of stories where characters face issues that some students may worry about and books that can give some helpful advice. You can join in with the conversation online using #BackToSchoolBooklist and tagging us using @readingagency on Twitter and @SummerReadingChallengeUK on Facebook. Our Reading Well team have...

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28 Aug 2020

#HarperFictionReadingWeekend digital assets for libraries

Summer holidays across the country have been cancelled, but HarperFiction wants library users to celebrate the August bank holiday by taking part in the #HarperFictionReadingWeekend! We’d love for libraries to share some of HarperFiction’s beautiful social media assets encouraging users to borrow one of their summer read top picks this weekend. The assets are suitable for use across Twitter and Facebook and can be downloaded via the link below. The summer reads top picks list...

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