Resources

07 Mar 2019

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler - activity pack

This year The Gruffalo is turning 20! To help you celebrate this anniversary and the bestselling phenomenon by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Macmillan Children’s Books have created 20 brilliant activity sheets. Macmillan would love to see how you use the activity pack and you can do this by using #Gruffalo20 and tagging @MacmillanKidsUK and @readingagency.

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07 Mar 2019

All the World's a Stage Chatterbooks pack

On the 27 March is World Theatre Day and to celebrate we have created a Chatterbooks pack with six of our favourite children’s books which were then adapted into a theatre production. You can find out more about some of our picks on the Summer Reading Challenge news page.

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07 Mar 2019

March 2019 Children's booklist - All The World's a Stage

On the 27 March is World Theatre Day and to celebrate we have created a children’s booklist of our favourite books which were then adapted into theatre productions. You can find out more about some of our picks on the Summer Reading Challenge news page. We’ve also created a Chatterbooks pack which focuses on six brilliant books from the booklist that can be used as part of a Chatterbooks session.

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06 Mar 2019

Hat Tricks by Satoshi Kitamura - Story Play Notes

About the book Meet Hattie the Magician – she may be little but she is a born performer! Hattie conjures an amazing succession of animals out of her hat, and for a grand finale produces a wonderful habitat where they can all live! The guide This guide for sharing Hat Tricks provides parents and practitioners of young children with 6 games and activities to develop not just a love of books and being read to but also to support the key features of the Early years foundation stage framework.

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05 Mar 2019

Dave Pigeon 4 by Swapna Haddow - a competition

Dave Pigeon and his best friend Skipper are taking in the sights of London. Whilst pecking around the gates of the Royal Palace, looking for high-brow snacks to feast on, they meet Prince Raju Pigeon, one of the Queen’s personal birds from the Royal Lofts. Raju is tired of royal life and longs to see life beyond the palace gates. Dave suggests they swap places for a short while! Raju will get to see how normal pigeon lives and Dave will be pampered in the Royal Lofts. Of course, this...

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05 Mar 2019

A Street Through Time by Steve Noon and DK - a competition

DK are updating our classic book A Street Through Time, and as part of this they want to know what children think a street will look like in 2070! DK are inviting you to have your child or class draw and write about the street of the future. To help inspire them they have some things they may want to think about: - Transport - Buildings - Clothes - Home To say thank you for these ideas they will enter you into a competition to win £50 of DK children’s books! You can find out more information...

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04 Mar 2019

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne - Storyime pack

For 25 years, Eileen Browne’s beautiful modern classic Handa’s Surprise has delighted the very youngest of readers who long to tell Handa what is happening right behind her. Brimming with mouth-watering fruit and wild animals, this picture book favourite, along with its sequel, Handa’s Hen, has sold over one million copies in more than twenty countries nationwide and has been named one of the best culturally diverse children’s books of all time. Now available in a luxurious 25th anniversary...

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04 Mar 2019

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne - Teacher Notes

For 25 years, Eileen Browne’s beautiful modern classic Handa’s Surprise has delighted the very youngest of readers who long to tell Handa what is happening right behind her. Brimming with mouth-watering fruit and wild animals, this picture book favourite, along with its sequel, Handa’s Hen, has sold over one million copies in more than twenty countries nationwide and has been named one of the best culturally diverse children’s books of all time. Now available in a luxurious 25th anniversary...

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04 Mar 2019

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne - Event poster and activity sheets

For 25 years, Eileen Browne’s beautiful modern classic Handa’s Surprise has delighted the very youngest of readers who long to tell Handa what is happening right behind her. Brimming with mouth-watering fruit and wild animals, this picture book favourite, along with its sequel, Handa’s Hen, has sold over one million copies in more than twenty countries nationwide and has been named one of the best culturally diverse children’s books of all time. Now available in a luxurious 25th anniversary...

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04 Mar 2019

The Emily Windsnap series by Liz Kessler - a KS2 Resource Pack

Hachette Children’s Group have created a fantastic Resource Pack based around The Emily Windsnap series. It’s time to dive deep into a world beneath the waves: a magical world of mermaids, fun, friendship and adventure. This Resource Pack is designed to get children aged 9–11 thinking about the features of a fantastical adventure story, with a mythical creature at its heart. It is based on the bestselling Emily Windsnap series by Liz Kessler. Bubbling with new heights of adventure and...

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27 Feb 2019

Book to Film Adaptions

In the spirit of the Oscars, here are some of our favourite books that have been made into movies. From from sci-fi to thrillers, and weepy dramas to clever true stories – can the film ever be better than the book?

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15 Feb 2019

Lasting Letters

Valentine’s Day got us thinking about love letters, and how many incredible books there are that feature letters. We’ve put together a selection of books about letters, featuring letters, and even written as one long letter.

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14 Feb 2019

Bear Moves by Ben Bailey Smith - a video

Bear Moves Bear’s in a dancing mood, and his friend Bunny is happy to help out with the boom box. With moves like Furry Breaking, Running Bear (you run but don’t go anywhere), and the classic back spin, who could blame observers who might want to bust a move of their own? Actor/rapper Ben Bailey Smith (aka Doc Brown) and artist Sav Akyuz team up again for a lively two-step with the multitalented Bear. Find out more here.

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14 Feb 2019

Kiss the Crocodile by Sean Taylor - a video

Kiss the Crocodile Down in the jungle, three best friends – Monkey, Tortoise and Anteater – are playing silly games together. After Stick Splash, Scary Monsters and Silly Dancing, they spy Little Crocodile and his big crocodile mum in the swamp. Do they want to play a new game, Little Crocodile asks … a DARING game. KISS THE CROCODILE! Who will be brave enough to steal a peck from the ‘sleeping’ croc, with his big tail, pointy teeth and sharp claws? MWAH! Brimming over with...

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14 Feb 2019

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - performance by Michael Rosen

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Celebrate 30 wonderful years of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt the much-loved family favourite. For thirty years, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Michael Rosen brings the story to life for a whole new generation of readers, why not sing along with your copy at home? Find out more “here”: http://www.jointhebearhunt.com.

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07 Feb 2019

Letters, Diaries and Memoirs Chatterbooks Pack

In this Chatterbooks activity pack you’ll find some great suggestions for books for your group to explore, read and enjoy together. From secret diaries to tales told through letters and emails, you’ll find a range of stories in the form of memoirs, journals and epistolary fiction. We hope you enjoy them, together with all the discussion and activity ideas, and further reading suggestions. We have also created a Letters Diaries and Memoirs booklist that features a wider selection of books...

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04 Feb 2019

February 2019 Children's booklist - letters, diaries and memoirs

Letters, Diaries and Memoirs This month we have loved picking our favourite picture and illustrated and middle grade books which are either written in letter or diary form or are memoirs. We have also selected six books for this theme perfect for young people (aged 12+) which is on our Reading Hack resource page. You can find out more about some of our picks on the Summer Reading Challenge news page. We’ve also created a Chatterbooks pack which focuses on six brilliant books from the...

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28 Jan 2019

Get Coding 2! by David Whitney and Duncan Beedie - Get Coding Pack

Are you ready to get coding? Want to take your coding further and learn how to programme popular games such as Snake and Endless Runners? Then join the Lucky Cat Club in Get Coding 2! by David Whitney and Duncan Beedie, a fun guide covering essential coding concepts and an ideal introduction to programming. To celebrate the launch of Get Coding 2!, Walker Books are delighted to offer downloadable free packs with everything you need to host your very own Get Coding! Club takeover with a...

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28 Jan 2019

Girl With a Pearl Earring Book Club Questions

Johannes Vermeer can spot exceptional beauty. When servant girl Griet catches his eye, she soon becomes both student and muse. But then he gives her his wife’s pearl earrings to wear for a portrait, and a scandal erupts that could threaten Griet’s future. Twenty years on Girl With a Pearl Earring remains as vivid and captivating as ever. A timeless modern classic and an international bestseller, with over 5 million copies sold around the world; Harper Collins are publishing a special...

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10 Jan 2019

Epic Tales Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Epic Tales is an activity pack filled with some recent and enjoyable stories inspired by myths and legends. There are books with dragons, monsters, beasts and lots of creatures that children will love learning more about. Each of the six selected books have some discussion questions and activity suggestions that work perfectly with small groups either at home, in school or at the library. We hope you enjoy them, together with all the discussion and activity ideas, and further reading...

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09 Jan 2019

January 2019 Children's booklist - Epic Tales (myths and legends)

Epic Tales This month we are thinking about our modern retellings of myths and legends. We have picked some of the best books to help get children and young people interested or inspired in these classical stories. We have selected six Epic Tales for young people (aged 12+) which is on our Reading Hack resource page. You can find out more about some of our picks on the Summer Reading Challenge news page. There is also a Chatterbooks pack based upon this booklist.

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07 Jan 2019

Tall Tales

This month, we’re bringing you myths, fairy tales and legends, but not as you know them. These retellings and adaptations of familiar stories will transport you to worlds near and far.

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07 Jan 2019

The Language of Kindness Reading Group Guide

Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astounding account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness. This is a reading group guide including questions, discussion points and further reading.

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18 Dec 2018

International Migrants Day Booklist

International Migrants Day is commemorated on 18 December to highlight the human rights of migrants and make migrants’ voices heard. We’ve selected some books about migrants and migration to observe the day.

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17 Dec 2018

Santa's High-Tech Christmas - activity pack

Santa has discovered high-tech gear. With his techno-pad, a soft reclining seat in his sleigh and a rocket pack, he is well prepared to deliver presents for Christmas Day. But as things start to go wrong, Santa needs the help of a young girl to ensure all the presents get delivered on time.

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17 Dec 2018

A Christmas Surprise - activity pack

On the first day in December Marigold Mouse receives a surprise gift. She can’t wait to share her excitement with her best friend Marvin. Mark Carthew’s evocative verse expresses the spirit of the festive season and Simon Prescott’s illustrations bring to life the magic of Christmas.

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17 Dec 2018

Mr Darcy and the Christmas Pudding - activity pack

Mr Darcy and the Christmas Pudding is the third book in the Mr Darcy series. Each character has been taken from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. In this series each lovable character is given the appropriate animal manifestation to reflect their personality. Mr Darcy is a duck, Bingley a horse, Caroline Bingley a cow and Maria Lucas, a mouse. In this book Mr Collins is introduced. He is a cat. Mr Darcy loves making his famous Christmas pudding. But what happens when Mr Collins drops by...

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10 Dec 2018

Have a Matt-gical Christmas with Matt Haig and Chris Mould - activity and POS pack

Canongate are here to help you have a Matt-gical Christmas! Discover the wonderful Christmas series by number one bestselling author Matt Haig, featuring enchanting illustrations from Chris Mould. Journey into Elfhelm and you’ll find out the TRUTH about Father Christmas and join Amelia Wishart on a magical mission to save Christmas from the jealous Easter Bunny… Matt’s fantastic festive trilogy is now available in paperback and rather excitingly, has now been joined by a new, sweet rhyming...

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07 Dec 2018

Books of the Year 2018

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s almost Christmas! That means it’s also time for us to pick out our favourite books of 2018. Our staff have chosen a huge variety of titles, from love stories to Brexit satires to a graphic novel. We hope there’s something that will interest you on our list.

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06 Dec 2018

Winter Wonderland Chatterbooks Activity Pack

With the nights drawing in there’s no better time to curl up with a good book! In this Winter Wonderland Chatterbooks activity pack you’ll find some great suggestions for books for your group to explore, read and enjoy this winter season. From new festive favourites to fantastical adventures through worlds of ice and snow, you’ll find a range of stories to keep out the winter chill. We hope you enjoy them, together with all the discussion and activity ideas, and further reading suggestions.

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