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15 May 2024

Hannah Messenger and the Gods of Hockwold Activity Sheets

The Gods of Olympus and their descendants have lost their memories. They think they are ordinary humans. Only Hannah Messenger and her friends know who they really are. And that means when the God’s objects of power start to go missing, only Hannah and her friends can stop the thief. A MG urban fantasy about learning that real power is in the friendships you make. Download these free activity sheets below.

11 May 2024

How to Be a Genius Kid - digital resources

Get super brainy with zero effort thanks to Waldo Pancake – who wrote and illustrated all the mega keel Barry Loser books. ‘Why is misspelling stuff a sign of grate intelly-genz?’ ‘What have the hours in the day got to do with FINGER BONES?’ ‘Why does rain on a pavement smell so delish?’ Zany and laugh out loud bonkers, this graphic novel of large and small facts, is The Best, and that’s official! You’ll want to quote from it, repeat the gags, and reread it again and again. Plus Waldo Pancake...

02 May 2024

When the Wild Calls by Nicola Penfold - reading guides

“Penfold’s skilful storytelling offers a powerful and thought-provoking narrative with themes of courage and resilience that will resonate with 9-12-year-olds.” - The School Reading List “A triumph of a sequel. Emotional punch and ecological awareness wrapped up in an exciting adventure. It was a joy to return.” - Hannah Gold, author of The Last Bear The journey winds through me, twisted and turned, like a difficult second spine… Having escaped their city, Juniper Green and her brother Bear...

01 May 2024

In the Shadow of the Wolf Queen by Kiran Millwood Hargrave - digital resources

‘Destined to be a classic’ Garth Nix ‘A stunning adventure’ Cressida Cowell ‘Pure joy to read’ Jasbinder Bilan Download the resources here. Unlock a magic that could save the world … or destroy it. From bestselling, award-winning author Kiran Millwood Hargrave comes an epic new fantasy: ‘This tale of adventure and magic is as brave as it is exciting’ Independent When her sister vanishes after a mysterious earthquake, Ysolda sets off on a rescue mission. But these are dangerous times, and soon...

01 May 2024

Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm by Ash Bond - digital resources

‘An electrifying read – full of fast-paced action, endless fun and fearless imagination.’-  A.F. Steadman ‘Mythology with a modern makeover – an epic adventure!’- Maz Evans Peregrine Quinn has always loved hearing her godfather Daedalus Bloom’s stories about his life as an immortal, but that’s all they were – stories. That is, until the portals that connect the Terran Realm with the Cosmic Realm mysteriously shut down, Daedalus is kidnapped, and Peregrine is swept into a nail-biting...

29 Apr 2024

Elmer Day 2024 - digital resources

This year’s Elmer Day will be an extra special celebration for Elmer the patchwork elephant’s 35th birthday and Andersen Press are offering free downloadable event packs to help you join in the fun in your school or library! The pack includes activity sheets, craft ideas, games and lots of other resources. Everyone is invited to join in the fun for Elmer Day, and while the official date for this year’s Elmer Day is Saturday 25 May, we invite you to celebrate at a time that works for you,...

25 Apr 2024

Lola Loves Walkies written by Jake Hope & illustrated by James Brown Colouring Sheet

Download this free colouring sheet for the new picture book written by Jake Hope and illustrated by James Brown, Lola Loves Walkies. Ready or not, Lola loves kisses and cuddles, friends and fun, but what she loves most of all is walkies! Join Lola as she plays hide and seek, leaps in and out of the long grasses and watches her poochy pals fetching sticks on an adventure that’s a walk in the park!

19 Apr 2024

Greenwild by Pari Thomson - digital pack

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the Greenwild, beautifully illustrated by Elisa Paganelli. Daisy Thistledown has escaped from boarding school and has a mystery to solve. Her search for her missing mother will lead her across London and through a hidden doorway to another world, filled with plants and bursting with magic: the Greenwild.But all is not well in this astonishing land. Before long Daisy finds herself confronting a dangerous presence that threatens green magic on both...

19 Apr 2024

Global by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano - digital resources

This is a powerful, hopeful and timely story about the real effects of climate change: two young people on different continents whose lives are catastrophically changed by global warming. A graphic novel with glorious colour artwork throughout for children of all ages – from Eoin Colfer, previously Irish Children’s Laureate, and the team behind Illegal, and his bestselling Artemis Fowl graphic novels.Yuki lives in an increasingly deserted Inuit township in Nova Scotia. One day she sets out...

16 Apr 2024

The Best Eid Ever - digital resources

A gorgeous picture book to introduce children to Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr written by acclaimed children’s author Sufiya Ahmed with beautiful, colourful illustrations by Hazem Asif. “The Best Eid Ever is a fantastic resource, and one of very few available in narrative form for children. It is a great way to teach and raise children’s awareness and knowledge of the religious festival of Eid. Through detailed pictures with plenty of colour, and the vocabulary in the text, children can visually...

16 Apr 2024

City of Spies - digital resources

‘Another gripping, revealing historical adventure from Lawrence and well worth sharing.’ – Books for Keeps A thrilling spy adventure set in New York during the American Revolution that will have readers gripped. The perfect high-action adventure for fans of Horrible Histories, Emma Carroll and Hamilton. About the book It’s 1780 and the American Revolution is raging. In New York, twelve-year-old Aiden Blaise is sure that the British will win soon. How can a few rebel colonies hold out against...

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...

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...

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