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06 May 2021

The War of the Poor – International Booker Prize 2021 Discussion Guide

Download this discussion guide for The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard, translated by Mark Polizzotti, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021. See the full International Booker Prize shortlist.

06 May 2021

The Employees – International Booker Prize 2021 Discussion Guide

Download this discussion guide for The Employees by Olga Ravn, translated by Martin Aitken, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021. See the full International Booker Prize shortlist.

06 May 2021

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed – International Booker Prize 2021 Discussion Guide

Download this discussion guide for The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021. See the full International Booker Prize shortlist.

06 May 2021

In Memory of Memory – International Booker Prize 2021 Discussion Guide

Download this discussion guide for In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova, translated by Sasha Dugdale, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021. See the full International Booker Prize shortlist.

06 May 2021

At Night All Blood Is Black - International Booker Prize 2021 Discussion Guide

Download this discussion guide for At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop, translated by Anna Moschovakis, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021. See the full International Booker Prize shortlist.

06 May 2021

Adult May Booklist - Back in Time

May marks Local and Community History Month and we have curated a booklist that brings together all different strands of British history, from the 1590s to the 1980s. There is a mix of fiction and non-fiction, with something for every reader. We hope that you’ll be inspired to order some for your library or borrow or buy one to read yourself.

06 May 2021

Children and Young People's Booklist: Back in Time

May marks Local and Community History Month and we have curated a booklist that brings together all different strands of British history, with a few stories that look further afield too. There is a mix of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, with something for every reader. We hope that you’ll be inspired to order some for your library, or borrow or buy a copy to read yourself or with children.

28 Apr 2021

Unsettled Ground – Women's Prize for Fiction Reading Guide

Download this reading guide, produced by the Women’s Prize for Fiction, for Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021.

28 Apr 2021

Transcendent Kingdom - Women's Prize for Fiction

Download this reading guide, produced by the Women’s Prize for Fiction, for Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021.

28 Apr 2021

The Vanishing Half – Women's Prize for Fiction Reading Guide

Download this reading guide, produced by the Women’s Prize for Fiction, for The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021.

28 Apr 2021

Piranesi - Women's Prize for Fiction Reading Guide

Download this reading guide, produced by the Women’s Prize for Fiction, for Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021.

28 Apr 2021

No One Is Talking About This - Women's Prize for Fiction Reading Guide

Download this reading guide, produced by the Women’s Prize for Fiction, for No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021.

28 Apr 2021

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House – Women's Prize for Fiction Reading Guide

Download this reading guide, produced by the Women’s Prize for Fiction, for How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021.

28 Apr 2021

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.

27 Apr 2021

The 130-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton - Activity Pack

There are lots of laughs at every level in The 130-Storey Treehouse, the tenth book in the number one bestselling Treehouse series from Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. This is our Treehouse, come on up! We’ve added 13 new levels to our Treehouse including soap bubble blaster, a GRABINATOR (it can grab anything from anywhere at any time), a time-wasting level, a toilet paper factory (because you can never have too much toilet paper) and an extraterrestrial observation centre…

26 Apr 2021

Emmy Levels Up by Helen Harvey - Reading Notes

Emmy is brilliant at the computer game, Illusory Isles. Her avatar is a powerful fire elemental with magma claws and flaming breath. When Emmy’s gaming video gets a front-page feature, thousands of devoted fans flock to watch her battle the ultimate online baddie, the Mulch Queen herself. Life at school is the exact opposite. Emmy is friendless and bullied by Vanessa AKA the Queen of Mean. To Vanessa and her gang, Emmy is a weirdo with bad handwriting, horrible fashion sense and no dad. But...

26 Apr 2021

Amber Undercover by Em Norry - activity pack

I’m Amber Roberts. Just your average teenager. Life revolves around school and my best mate, Vi. Nothing too dramatic, and certainly nothing dangerous. Well. That’s how things used to be. But now, my life is way more complicated: Mum and Dad have a massive secret and Vi’s being all moody. But, bigger than that, I’ve just been recruited as a secret agent! That’s right. Me. An actual spy. Exciting? It would be, if I had a clue what I was doing… Download the activity pack from Oxford University...

25 Apr 2021

How to be a Hero by Cat Weldon - activity pack

How to be a Hero by Cat Weldon, illustrated by Katie Kear A no-good Viking thief. The worst-ever trainee Valkyrie. A hilarious case of mistaken identity. When failing trainee Valkyrie Lotta mistakes an unconscious Viking thief, Whetstone, for a fallen hero and takes him triumphantly to Valhalla, things are definitely not on track to be epic or glorious. Having lost a precious talking cup, Whetstone must cover up his mistake and the two embark upon a quarrelsome journey to find it. But Loki...

23 Apr 2021

The Incredible Record Smashers by Jenny Pearson and Erica Salcedo - Assembly and activity sheet

A record-smashing, feel-good adventure packed with heart, humour and Guinness World Records from Costa Award-shortlisted Jenny Pearson, and Kid Normal illustrator Erica Salcedo. Lucy is a fixer of broken things. But there’s one thing she can’t fix and that’s her unhappy mum. Until she comes up with an INCREDIBLE plan. Along with her best friend, Sandesh, Lucy is going to SMASH a world record. Because she’s convinced that starry Paul Castellini – Record Smashers TV host and singing legend – is...

21 Apr 2021

Elmer Day 2021 digital pack

Get ready for the most colourful day of the year! Elmer Day returns on Saturday 29 May 2021. 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...

18 Apr 2021

Talking to Alaska by Anna Woltz - Digital Activity Pack

Sometimes rivals just need a helping paw… Talking to Alaska is a powerful story of two unlikely friends brought together by the love of a dog. It only takes one day at their new school for Parker and Sven to become mortal enemies. Parker has had a terrible summer and just wants to be invisible, while Sven is desperate to be known as anything other than “that boy with epilepsy”. When Parker discovers her beloved dog Alaska – who she had to give away last year – now belongs to Sven, she’s...

14 Apr 2021

The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud - Discussion Guide

England has been radically changed by a series of catastrophes – large cities have disappeared and London has been replaced by a lagoon. The surviving population exists in fortified towns where they cling to traditional ways, while strangely evolved beasts prowl the wilderness beyond. Conformity is rigidly enforced and those who fall foul of the rules are persecuted: some are killed, others are driven out into the wilds. Only a few fight back – and two of these outlaws, Scarlett McCain and...

13 Apr 2021

The Black Friend by Frederick Joseph - Discussion Guide

Speaking directly to the reader, Frederick Joseph offers powerful reflections on his own experiences with racism in The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person. As a former “token Black kid”, he now presents himself as the friend many readers need, touching on topics including cultural appropriation, “reverse racism” and white privilege. Featuring interviews with figures such as writer Angie Thomas, content creator Toni Tone, and April Reign, founder of the #OscarsSoWhite movement, this...

08 Apr 2021

The Strawberry Thief Reading Group Guide

If you are reading The Strawberry Thief as part of a reading group, here are some questions and resources to help get you started created by the author Joanne Harris. Warning: questions may contain spoilers!

08 Apr 2021

Fing by David Walliams - Digital Activity Pack

Meet the Meeks! Myrtle Meek has everything she could possibly want. But everything isn’t enough. She wants more, more, MORE! When Myrtle declares she wants a FING, there’s only one problem… What is a FING? Mr and Mrs Meek will do anything to keep their darling daughter happy, even visit the spooky library vaults to delve into the dusty pages of the mysterious Monsterpedia. Their desperate quest leads to the depths of the jungliest jungle where the rarest creatures can be found. But will they...

01 Apr 2021

April 2021 Children's and Young People booklist - Books to Make You Smile

World Book Night is the annual celebration of books and reading on 23 April that brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. Presented by The Reading Agency, and in partnership with Specsavers, in 2021 we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary with a special Books to Make You Smile theme. To help the whole family read and smile together we have created a booklist for children and young people to enjoy. You can join in with the conversation online...

26 Mar 2021

Andersen Press Easter Holiday Fun - activity pack

Andersen Press are continuing their commitment to supporting children and families who will be spending a lot of time at home over the Easter holidays, with a new activity pack featuring resources inspired by new titles. The pack is free to download and available to everyone – designed not only for families, but also bookshops and libraries who may be looking for activities to share with their patrons and customers. The Easter Holiday Fun! activity pack features free colouring sheets, word...

16 Mar 2021

Circus Maximus by Annelise Gray - Teaching Resources

Welcome to the great Circus Maximus, the most glorious sporting stage in Ancient Rome, where the best horses and charioteers compete in a race to the death, and one girl dreams of glory. Twelve-year-old Dido dreams of becoming the first female charioteer. She’s lost her heart to Porcellus, a wild, tempestuous horse she longs to train and race. But such ambitions are forbidden to girls and she must be content with helping her father Antonius the trainer of Rome’s most popular racing team. But...

16 Mar 2021

Bumper pack of activity sheets from OUP Childrens

Oxford University Press Children’s Books are helping you spring into reading with a bumper pack of activity sheets and reading notes. These resources include activities based on brilliant titles such as Victioria Stich, Winnie and Wilbur, Roald Dahl, Pippi Longstocking and Isadora Moon. Please do tag us in your social media posts, you can find us on Twitter and Instagram at OUPChildrens and readingagency.

15 Mar 2021

The Supreme Lie by Geraldine McCaughrean - Discussion Questions

Twice Carnegie medal winning Geraldine McCaughrean’s enthralling new novel is set in a world paralysed by natural disaster and dangerous lies. Fifteen-year-old Gloria is maid to Afalia’s tyrannical Head of State, Madame Suprema. When the country is hit by unprecedented flooding, Madame Suprema runs away, fearing she will be blamed for the crisis. To cover up this cowardly act, Gloria is made to step into Madame Suprema’s shoes and is thrust into a world of corrupt and desperate politicians....

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