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12 Aug 2022

Summer of Fun Project Gadgeteers Chatterbooks Pack - Welsh

Join the Gadgeteers for the Summer of Fun in Wales and download this Chatterbooks pack to use with children’s reading groups. An English version is available at https://readingagency.org.uk/resources/6144/.

12 Aug 2022

Summer of Fun Project Gadgeteers Chatterbooks Pack - English

Join the Gadgeteers for the Summer of Fun in Wales and download this Chatterbooks pack to use with children’s reading groups. A Welsh version is available at https://readingagency.org.uk/resources/6145/.

05 Aug 2022

The Reading Agency's August Booklist for Adults - Escape with a Book

Summer is a time when some go travelling, so we have selected the perfect books that can transport a reader somewhere else even if they’re not going away. On the list we have a fantasy book based on African history and mythology, a non-fiction book tracing the Ottoman Empire and a sizzling holiday love story to help transport you on some exciting journeys this summer. Tell us what you thought of any of the books on the list by tagging us on social media using #booklist and tagging...

04 Aug 2022

Five Minutes Peace downloadable storytelling tips

Parents everywhere will understand the plight of poor Mrs Large. All she wants is five minutes’ peace and quiet away from her boisterous children! So, taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast and the morning paper. But there’s never a dull moment with the Large family, and it soon becomes clear that mum’s quiet time is to be very short-lived! Family life is beautifully observed in this warm and funny modern...

04 Aug 2022

Five Minutes Peace downloadable activity sheets

Parents everywhere will understand the plight of poor Mrs Large. All she wants is five minutes’ peace and quiet away from her boisterous children! So, taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast and the morning paper. But there’s never a dull moment with the Large family, and it soon becomes clear that mum’s quiet time is to be very short-lived! Family life is beautifully observed in this warm and funny modern...

29 Jul 2022

bsmall's Young Language Learner Competition

Open to young linguists aged 6-11, the b small Young Language Learner Award 2022 aims to support and encourage language learning through story-writing. Created by independent children’s publisher b small publishing, this popular award has previously run in 2014 and 2017, and returns for the third time in 2022. Children can choose from a story or comic template, provided for free on the b small website, and are invited to pen their own foreign language story in the foreign language of their...

19 Jul 2022

'PESTS' Teaching Resources

In this resource pack for KS2 Teachers, you will find a range of activities for subjects including creative writing, drama, art, design & technology, and PSHE, linking to the three books in the PESTS series. About the Books When the lights go off, the PESTS come out! The laugh-out-loud series from the creator of the bestselling DIARY OF PIG series and DADDY FARTYPANTS. Meet Stix, the tiny but heroic mouse who might be living behind your washing machine. Stix’s grandma taught him to always...

19 Jul 2022

'PESTS' Activity Trail

Create an adventure in your own back garden this summer with this Activity Trail pack. Print out the PESTS, hide them wherever you want and see who can find the most of them. About the Book Meet Stix, the tiny but heroic mouse who might be living behind your washing machine. But is he naughty enough to join the PESTS? Stix is the size of an egg cup, can jump the width of a dog’s bottom, and LOVES cheese. That’s because Stix is a mouse. He probably lives behind your washing machine, but you...

19 Jul 2022

'PESTS' Activity Pack

Create your own PEST party, test your knowledge and draw your dream pizza with this activity pack celebrating the must-read, madcap new series from the creator of ‘Diary of Pig’. About the Book Meet Stix, the tiny but heroic mouse who might be living behind your washing machine. But is he naughty enough to join the PESTS? Stix is the size of an egg cup, can jump the width of a dog’s bottom, and LOVES cheese. That’s because Stix is a mouse. He probably lives behind your washing machine, but...

19 Jul 2022

'The Dragon in the Bookshop' Teachers' Notes

Use these Teachers’ Notes for ‘The Dragon in the Bookshop’ to help guide conversation in your classroom about the book and further discuss the themes. About the Book The Dragon in the Bookshopby Ewa Jozefkowicz An old Polish city fizzes with fear. The townsfolk are at the mercy of a dragon who lurks in the cave below the castle… Konrad’s dad always used to say, ‘There is a character in a book somewhere that matches you almost entirely. It’s just a matter of finding them’. Konrad never...

19 Jul 2022

'How to Catch a Rainbow' Teachers Notes

Explore the themes of ‘How to Catch a Rainbow’ with your Year One, Reception or Early Years class with these Teachers Notes from Oxford Children’s Books. Includes activities for whole class and smaller groups, all linked to the National Curriculum. About the Book Freya loves rainbows. She loves their bright colours and their curvy shape. More than anything, she wishes she has one of her very own. One that she can keep forever. So she decides to become a Rainbow Hunter! She searches high and...

19 Jul 2022

'How to Catch a Rainbow' Activity Sheets

Explore all the colours of the rainbow with this activity sheet and colouring in sheet. About the Book Freya loves rainbows. She loves their bright colours and their curvy shape. More than anything, she wishes she has one of her very own. One that she can keep forever. So she decides to become a Rainbow Hunter! She searches high and low, but no rainbows are to be found, so she decides to make her own, collecting items in every colour of the rainbow from the garden. But when things don’t go...

19 Jul 2022

'Bee Active' Activity Pack

Helping our planet can feel overwhelming at times, but every little action really does count, especially when lots of people join in. Just look at the busy bees and other pollinators for proof of what can be achieved. Together, these tiny insects make a HUGE difference. But now the pollinators need OUR help – and in this Bee Active Activity Pack there are some great suggestions for what we can do.

19 Jul 2022

Roy of the Rovers Virtual Assembly

To kick off your summer, Rebellion Publishing and award-winning Children’s book author Tom Palmer invite you to join them in a fun and free assembly celebrating the fantastic football book series, Roy of the Rovers! With the series now spanning sixteen exciting instalments across illustrated fiction and graphic novel titles, this virtual assembly features an exciting introduction to Roy and his sister Rocky, a Q&A with Tom about how he writes the series, and exciting activities and...

17 Jul 2022

Big Bright Feelings series by Tom Percival - digital pack

Bloomsbury Children’s Books has created an activity pack to promote Tom Percival’s Big Bright Feelings series, including the latest title, Milo’s Monster! Tom Percival’s Big Bright Feelings series is the perfect springboard for talking about mental and emotional health, positive self-image, building self-confidence and managing feelings. Every child’s bookshelf should contain his books. We would love to see you enjoying the resources by tagging KidsBloomsbury and using #BigBrightFeelings.

16 Jul 2022

Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids Library Event Pack

Fizzing with rhythm, energy and laughter, the 30 poems in Ready for Spaghetti delight in the details of children’s daily routines. Full of affectionate observations of young children, which are beautifully continued in Polly Dunbar’s warm-hearted pictures, Michael Rosen’s poems are ideal for reading aloud with toddlers! The packs include: - Downloadable Ready for Spaghetti storytelling tips - Downloadable Ready for Spaghetti teachers’ notes

15 Jul 2022

The Reading Agency's July Booklist for Adults - Friendship

To mark World Friendship Day, also known as International Day of Friendship which takes place on 30 July this year, we have compiled a booklist focusing specifically on books written about friendship. Tell us what you think about these books or any others you have read by tagging us on social media @readingagency using #booklist.

15 Jul 2022

The Reading Agency's September Booklist for Adults - International Translation Day

Every 30 September, English PEN hosts a programme of talks, workshops and networking opportunities for literary translators, in celebration of International Translation Day. To help you celebrate the best in translated fiction and international authors, we have created a booklist of 12 authors which includes short stories, poetry, non-fiction and lots of immersive stories. Tell us what you thought of any of the books on the list by tagging us on social media using #booklist and tagging...

15 Jul 2022

The Reading Agency's August Booklist for Children & Young People - Escape with a Book

As lots of people head off on their holidays, we selected books that can transport a reader somewhere else even if they’re not going away. From picking up plastic pollution on a Caribbean Island to rural Ireland to Memphis, we hope these stories can help transport children and young people on exciting journeys this summer. Tell us what you thought of any of the books on the list by tagging us on social media using #booklist and tagging @readingagency!

14 Jul 2022

The Marvellous Doctors for Magical Creatures by Jodie Lancet-Grant and Lydia Corry - digital pack

Unicorns with tummy trouble. Dragons with broken wings. Sneezy centaurs and mermaids with measles. Everyone in town knows just who to see when they are feeling poorly: Ava and her dads, The Marvellous Doctors for Magical Creatures. Well, Ava isn’t a doctor, not yet, but she’s learning the ropes and she’s brilliant at solving medical mysteries. Glitterbug the unicorn is not like all the other unicorns. They love dancing and planning parties, but she would much rather be frolicking in the mud....

13 Jul 2022

National Reading Group Day - assets

Libraries and other organisations can download these social media assets to promote National Reading Group Day (28 September – new date). Contact readinggroups@readingagency.org.uk with any questions.

07 Jul 2022

Read Between the Lies by Malcolm Duffy - Teachers' Resources

Two very different boys, one new family, a shared struggle and a big secret. Tommy is talented, cool, a young offender, and dyslexic. Ryan is smart, uncool, well-behaved, and dyslexic. The two develop an unlikely friendship. As Ryan helps Tommy to read, a secret is revealed that will change their lives forever. Prize-winning Malcolm Duffy’s third novel explores the joys and challenges of dyslexia in a story full of his hallmark heart and humour. For those 12+.

06 Jul 2022

Oh No, George! 10th Anniversary - library and school digital packs

It’s hard work being good all the time – and it’s especially hard for a dog like George! Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Oh No, George! is a laugh-out-loud, visual romp from the acclaimed author-illustrator, Chris Haughton. The digital packs include: - Downloadable Oh No, George! activity sheets - Downloadable Oh No, George! storytelling tips - Downloadable Oh No, George! teachers’ notes We would love to see you enjoying the resources on social media using #OhNoGeorge and tagging...

04 Jul 2022

The Reading Agency's July Booklist for Children & Young People- Friendship

To mark World Friendship Day, also known as International Day of Friendship which takes place on 30th July this year we have created a booklist of titles about friendship in all its forms.

03 Jul 2022

Hope on the Horizon by Onjali Q. Raúf - School Resources

“No one is too small to make a change.” Growing up, there is so much out of our control and so much we can feel helpless about. But together, we can make a difference. In this inspiring and practical handbook, bestselling children’s author and Human Rights campaigner, Onjali Raúf, shares her top ten ways for creating change. With the help of her favourite fictional characters and some of the most inspiring people she has ever met, Onjali invites readers to dive in and discover everything...

01 Jul 2022

National Reading Group Day Chatterbooks pack

In this Chatterbooks activity pack you’ll find some great suggestions for Chatterbooks groups to celebrate National Reading Group Day together. National Reading Group Day is on 14 September, but you can use the pack at any time. The activities are aimed at helping children get to know each other, share reading and learn about the library. We hope you enjoy using this pack.

01 Jul 2022

Secrets of an Undercover Activist by Nat Amoore - teaching resources and activity pack

Secrets of an Undercover Activist is the outrageous story of three best friends, one greedy mayor and a whole lot of pranking, by Nat Amoore! This book is suitable for readers aged 8+ Casey Wu tries to stay out of the spotlight, which is why no one would suspect her of being the mastermind behind a string of attention-grabbing stunts. Together with best friends Zeke and Cookie, she is part of Green Peas – a secret activist organisation designed to make adults sit up and pay attention to...

26 Jun 2022

Ghostcloud by Michael Mann - digital pack

Catch the wind. Find your freedom. Kidnapped and forced to shovel coal underneath a half-bombed, blackened power station, 12-year-old Luke’s life is miserable. Then, he discovers he can see things others can’t. Ghostly things. Specifically, a ghost-girl named Alma. Alma, who can ride clouds through the night sky and bend their shape to her will, befriends Luke. And with Alma’s help, Luke discovers he is in fact a rare being – half-human and half-something else… Then Luke learns the terrible...

23 Jun 2022

Summer Reading Challenge x StoryTrails additional apps and ideas

Additional apps and ideas for StoryTrails x Summer Reading Challenge activities Download Other SRCxST Resources Get Immersive with the Gadgeteers Activity Toolkit Get Immersive with the Gadgeteers Schools Activity Toolkit Welsh Get Immersive with the Gadgeteers Activity Toolkit Welsh Additional Resources and Activities Welsh Get Immersive with the Gadgeteers Schools Activity Toolkit StoryTrails Comms and Activity Toolkit Welsh StoryTrails Comms and Activity Toolkit

23 Jun 2022

Summer Reading Challenge x StoryTrails

StoryTrails is a unique, immersive storytelling experience. It aims to allow local people to experience their town in a completely new way through immersive technology, including augmented and virtual reality. People will be able to use this new technology to travel back in time, experiencing untold histories from their local community. The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual reading engagement programme delivered by The Reading Agency. It aims to tackle the summer reading ‘dip’ by...

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