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18 Sep 2019

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave - Discussion Questions and book trailer

Gothic, feminist and romantic – The Deathless Girls is the untold story of the brides of Dracula, breathtakingly imagined by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars. On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community. Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is...

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18 Sep 2019

Wild Girl by Helen Skelton and Liz Kay - author video

Calling wild girls everywhere! Helen Skelton – adventurer, world-record breaker and TV presenter – brings you her inspirational guide to getting outdoors and having incredible adventures. From kayaking the length of the Amazon to cycling to the South Pole and running an ultra-marathon across the Namib desert, the Blue Peter and Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton has taken on record-breaking feats of endurance and shown that adventures definitely are for girls. Helen shares six...

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18 Sep 2019

Tiny and Teeny by Chris Judge - activity sheets

Welcome to Pocket Town, the teeniest, tiniest town around… Deep down, in between the blades of grass, lives Tiny. Can you see her? Keep looking … closer still … squint a bit … yes, there she is! Tiny keeps very busy in the buzzing place of Glengadget. Every day of the week, she has a different neighbour to meet – she does some gardening for Mandy Small, she reads to Bitsy McGee and she gives Minkin a hand with her lively twins. But when disaster strikes (in the shape of a falling leaf),...

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18 Sep 2019

Beverley, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo - Teacher's Notes

Revisiting once again the world of Raymie Nightingale, two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo turns her focus to the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly. Beverly put her foot down on the gas. They went faster still. This was what Beverly wanted — what she always wanted. To get away. To get away as fast as she could. To stay away. Beverly Tapinski has run away from home plenty of times, but that was when she was just a kid. By now, she figures, it’s not running away. It’s...

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13 Sep 2019

To The Lions - Readers' Guide

Download a readers’ guide for To The Lions by Holly Watt, one of the shortlisted books for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2019. Find out more about the shortlist

13 Sep 2019

The Devil Aspect - Readers' Guide

Download a readers’ guide for The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell, one of the shortlisted books for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2019. Find out more about the shortlist

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13 Sep 2019

The Map of Salt and Stars - Readers' Guide

Download a readers’ guide for The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar, one of the shortlisted books for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2019. Find out more about the shortlist

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13 Sep 2019

Sleeper: The Red Storm - Readers' Guide

Download a readers’ guide for Sleeper: The Red Storm by J.D. Fennell, one of the shortlisted books for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2019. Find out more about the shortlist

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13 Sep 2019

Firefly - Readers' Guide

Download a readers’ guide for Firefly by Henry Porter, one of the shortlisted books for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2019. Find out more about the shortlist

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13 Sep 2019

Preservation - Readers' Guide

Download a readers’ guide for Preservation by Jock Serong, one of the shortlisted books for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2019. Find out more about the shortlist

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12 Sep 2019

The Wizards of Once - KS2 resources

Cressida Cowell’s aim as Waterstones Children’s Laureate is to encourage EVERY child to read for fun and get something out of books. Full of magic and wonder, adventure and danger, friendship and family, her latest series, The Wizards of Once, is the perfect series to get children excited about reading. These comprehensive resources are an excellent way to get children to engage with the text in a fun and educational way. Cressida has a passion for developing the creative intelligence of...

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10 Sep 2019

Roald Dahl Day activity sheets and competition from OUP

Get Gobblefunking with Roald Dahl Oxford University Press have some fantabulous activity sheets for children to use and enjoy this Roald Dahl Day (13 September). If you do use the resources in your library or school, we would love to see photos. You can share these by using #DahlDay and tagging @OUPChildrens and @readingagency. Competition There is also a great competition for children aged 13 and under on www.oxfordowl.co.uk/roald-dahl. If they enter they could win: A family ticket to...

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05 Sep 2019

SAPIENS, HOMO DEUS and 21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY by Yuval Noah Harari: A reading guide

A reading guide for the books by Yuval Noah Harari including information about the author and discussion points.

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05 Sep 2019

Winter Mini Challenge 2019 - Promotional Assets

We’re snow excited to be teaming up with our publisher partner Oxford Children’s Books for a brrr-illiant Pugs of the Frozen North themed Mini Challenge! Pugs of the Frozen North is an action-packed adorable-pug-filled adventure from Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, and we can’t wait for children to join in the fun! Find out more about this year’s Winter Mini Challenge here This free download includes posters and social media assets for promoting the Mini Challenge....

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27 Aug 2019

Food, Glorious Food

Are you hungry? You might be after looking at our fantastic food themed booklist. Novels, poetry and of course a few cookbooks will keep you busy for hours.

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22 Aug 2019

Night Boat to Tangier - Readers' Guide

On 24 July the Booker Prize revealed the longlist of thirteen books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Booker Prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry by clicking below.

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22 Aug 2019

The Wall - Readers' Guide

On 24 July the Booker Prize revealed the longlist of thirteen books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Booker Prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Wall by John Lanchester by clicking below.

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22 Aug 2019

My Sister, the Serial Killer - Readers' Guide

On 24 July the Booker Prize revealed the longlist of thirteen books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Booker Prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite by clicking below.

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22 Aug 2019

Lost Children Archive - Readers' Guide

On 24 July the Booker Prize revealed the longlist of thirteen books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Booker Prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli by clicking below.

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22 Aug 2019

Lanny - Readers' Guide

On 24 July the Booker Prize revealed the longlist of thirteen books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Booker Prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Lanny by Max Porter by clicking below.

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22 Aug 2019

Frankissstein - Readers' Guide

On 24 July the Booker Prize revealed the longlist of thirteen books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Booker Prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson by clicking below.

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22 Aug 2019

Girl, Woman, Other - Readers' Guide

On 24 July the Booker Prize revealed the longlist of thirteen books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Booker Prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo by clicking below.

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22 Aug 2019

Ducks, Newburyport - Readers' Guide

On 24 July the Booker Prize revealed the longlist of thirteen books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Booker Prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman by clicking below.

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22 Aug 2019

An Orchestra of Minorities - Readers' Guide

On 24 July the Booker Prize revealed the longlist of thirteen books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Booker Prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma by clicking below.

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22 Aug 2019

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World - Readers' Guide

On 24 July the Booker Prize revealed the longlist of thirteen books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Booker Prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak by clicking below.

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22 Aug 2019

The Man Who Saw Everything - Readers' Guide

On 24 July the Booker Prize revealed the longlist of thirteen books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Booker Prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy by clicking below.

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22 Aug 2019

Quichotte - Readers' Guide

On 24 July the Booker Prize revealed the longlist of thirteen books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Booker Prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Quichotte by Salman Rushdie by clicking below.

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22 Aug 2019

The Testaments - Readers' Guide

On 24 July the Booker Prize revealed the longlist of thirteen books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Booker Prize. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Testaments by Margaret Atwood by clicking below.

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15 Aug 2019

Red Joan reading group guide

A reading group guide written by author, Jennie Rooney. About the book Joan’s voice is almost a whisper. ‘Nobody talked about what they did during the war. We all knew we weren’t allowed to.’ Joan Stanley has a secret. She is a loving mother, a doting grandmother, and leads a quiet, unremarkable life in the suburbs. Then one morning there is a knock on the door, and suddenly the past she has been so keen to hide for the last fifty years threatens to overturn her...

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12 Aug 2019

The Fairytale Hairdresser and Thumbelina - activity pack

Join Kittie Lacey, the best hairdresser in all of Fairyland, in her latest adventure The Fairytale Hairdresser and Thumbelina. It’s almost time for the Flower Festival and Kitty Lacey’s salon is bursting with people looking for a special floral hairstyle. This is the Flower People’s favourite time of year, but they have all mysteriously disappeared… All except for one: Thumbelina. But when Thumbelina vanishes too, can Kittie save the day with the help of a brave...

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