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05 May 2022

The Usborne Unworry Pack

The Usborne Unworry Pack is a collection of fun, mindful activities to help children and adults UNWORRY. It’s full of things to calm you down and distract you, and places where you can put your worries, instead of letting them hang around in your head. We would love to see how you share the Unworry Pack on social media with #UsborneUnworryPack and tagging readingagency and usborne.

03 May 2022

International Booker Prize 2022 Reading Guides

Find out more about the titles on the 2022 International Booker Prize longlist with these reading guides, with information about each book, author and translator and why it made it onto the list.

27 Apr 2022

Elmer Day 2022 digital pack

Get ready for the most colourful day of the year! Elmer Day is on Saturday 28 May 2022. Elmer makes the world a much brighter place. So for this year’s Elmer Day celebrations Andersen Press are spreading the positivity of Elmer with free resources so that everyone can hold their own celebration in May. These digital packs will include educational resources, colourful crafts and lots of activity ideas to help you celebrate in a classroom, library, at home or online. We would love to see how...

27 Apr 2022

Turn the Tide on Climate Anxiety extract and activity

It’s hard to watch the news without hearing or seeing something disturbing about the climate emergency. This can trigger all sorts of emotions: worry, anger, sadness, guilt, and even grief but also often over-looked positive emotions like motivation, connection and care. Written by psychologists with extensive experience in treating people with eco-anxiety, Turn the Tide on Climate Anxiety shows you how to harness these emotions, validate them, and transform them into positive action. This...

26 Apr 2022

The English Patient: Discussion Guide

Reading guide and discussion questions to accompany the Big Jubilee Read title The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

26 Apr 2022

Paradise: Discussion Guide

Reading guide and discussion questions to accompany the Big Jubilee Read title Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

26 Apr 2022

The Memory of Love: Discussion Guide

Reading guide and discussion questions to accompany the Big Jubilee Read title The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

21 Apr 2022

Julia and the Shark - Writing and Illustrating Competition Pack

Julia and the Shark is an extraordinary story about ​family, friendship and hope​ from bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave and acclaimed ​illustrator Tom de Freston. ‘Tom de Freston’s stunning illustrations perfectly complement the poetry of Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s story’ Cressida Cowell ‘The art shines and the writing soars – a classic from cover to cover’ Eoin Colfer ‘A truly beautiful book, with text and illustrations in perfect harmony!’ Jacqueline Wilson As these fantastic...

19 Apr 2022

The Big Jubilee Read Discussion Guide: 2012-2022

Decade guide and discussion questions to accompany the Big Jubilee Read: 2012-2022. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

19 Apr 2022

The Big Jubilee Read Discussion Guide: 2002-2011

Decade guide and discussion questions to accompany the Big Jubilee Read: 2002-2011. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

19 Apr 2022

The Big Jubilee Read Discussion Guide: 1992-2001

Decade guide and discussion questions to accompany the Big Jubilee Read: 1992-2001. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

19 Apr 2022

The Big Jubilee Read Discussion Guide: 1982-1991

Decade guide and discussion questions to accompany the Big Jubilee Read: 1982-1991. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

19 Apr 2022

The Big Jubilee Read Discussion Guide: 1972-1981

Decade guide and discussion questions to accompany the Big Jubilee Read: 1972-1981. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

19 Apr 2022

The Big Jubilee Read Discussion Guide: 1962-1971

Decade guide and discussion questions to accompany the Big Jubilee Read: 1962-1971. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

19 Apr 2022

The Big Jubilee Read Discussion Guide: 1952-1961

Decade guide and discussion questions to accompany the Big Jubilee Read: 1952-1961. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

19 Apr 2022

'The Shadow Child' Reading Group Questions

Dig deeper into the themes of ‘The Shadow Child’ by Rachel Hancox with this Reading Group Guide. With a strong storyline and utterly believable characters, this book is the perfect reading group title, perfect for fans of bestsellers such as Eve Chase, Kate Morton and Rachel Hore. About The Book Eighteen-year-old Emma has loving parents and a promising future ahead of her. So why, one morning, does she leave home without a trace? Her parents, Cath and Jim, are devastated. They have no idea...

19 Apr 2022

The Night Tiger: Discussion Guide

Reading guide and discussion questions to accompany the Big Jubilee Read title The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

19 Apr 2022

How We Disappeared: Discussion Guide

Reading guide and discussion questions to accompany the Big Jubilee Read title How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

19 Apr 2022

The Book of Night Women: Discussion Guide

Reading guide and discussion questions to accompany the Big Jubilee Read title The Book of Night Women by Marlon James. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

14 Apr 2022

Looshkin: The Maddest Cat in the World - colouring activity sheet

Looshkin might look like a cute blue cat, but you’ve never met a cat like Looshkin before. If you look away for just a moment, your house will be full of foamy bubbles, there are pigs on your roof, and a portal to a hell-dimension has opened in your loft. And there are bees, everywhere! Life is never going to be boring while Looshkin is around, but one thing is for sure – it will be very, very funny! Jamie Smart studied art at college for four years, but it was just an excuse to...

12 Apr 2022

The Reading Agency's April Booklist for Children & Young People - Autism

We have created a list of brilliant books for children and young people written predominantly by autistic authors and representing a diverse range of experiences, stories and voices. We have used identity first language (autistic) in line with current best practice, unless a different term has been used by an autistic author in their work. We are proud to have worked with Autistic UK on the creation of this booklist. Autistic UK is an Autistic People’s Organisation (APO) – an organisation run...

12 Apr 2022

The Reading Agency's April Booklist for Adults - Autism

We have created a list of brilliant books written predominantly by autistic authors and representing a diverse range of experiences, stories and voices. We have used identity first language (autistic) in line with current best practice, unless a different term has been used by an autistic author in their work. We are proud to have worked with Autistic UK on the creation of this booklist. Autistic UK is an Autistic People’s Organisation (APO) – an organisation run by autistic people for...

07 Apr 2022

Grimwood - digital packs

Laugh your head off with this wildly funny adventure! Fox cub siblings Ted and Nancy are on the run from Princess Buttons, the scariest street cat in the Big City. They flee for Grimwood, expecting to find refuge in the peaceful countryside. Instead, they are met with thieving eagles, dramatic ducks, riotous rabbits and a whole host of unusual characters. Grimwood is… weird. But when Princess Buttons tracks them down, Nancy and Ted and the animals of Grimwood must unite in a mind-bending race...

07 Apr 2022

Nature Trail by Benjamin Zephaniah and Nila Aye - digital activities

At the bottom of my garden, there’s a hedgehog and a frog, And a lot of creepy-crawlies living underneath a log… A joyful celebration of nature and the wonder of the world around us, written as a rhyming poem by award-winning poet Benjamin Zephaniah and illustrated by Nila Aye Packed with animals and minibeasts galore, this beautiful picture book is perfect for sharing together and reminding us all to take a closer look at the world around us, with loads to spot on every page. We would love...

05 Apr 2022

Sofia Khan and the Baby Blues: Discussion Guide

Reading guide and discussion questions to accompany the Quick Read title Sofia Khan and the Baby Blues by Sofia Malik. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

05 Apr 2022

The Cutting Season: Discussion Guide

Reading guide and discussion questions to accompany the Quick Read title The Cutting Season by M.W. Craven. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

05 Apr 2022

The Swimmer: Discussion Guide

Reading guide and discussion questions to accompany the Quick Read title The Swimmer by Graham Norton. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

05 Apr 2022

Witness: Discussion Guide

Reading guide and discussion questions to accompany the Quick Read title Witness by Alex Wheatle. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

05 Apr 2022

My Name Is Why (Quick Reads): Discussion Guide

Reading guide and discussion questions to accompany the Quick Read title My Name Is Why (abridged for Quick Reads) by Lemn Sissay. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

05 Apr 2022

The Black Mountain: Discussion Guide

Reading guide and discussion questions to accompany the Quick Read title The Black Mountain by Kate Mosse. Print this resource to use with a book group or literacy class.

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