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24 Sep 2018

Ella on the Outside by Cath Howe - Lesson plans and activity ideas

About this pack Ella on the Outside is the first children’s book by KS2 teacher, Cath Howe. These lesson and activity ideas have been created to encourage discussion around the book’s themes in the classroom. They cover important PSHE, literacy and poetry objectives, focusing in particular on the different ways that we present ourselves, and the way we feel inside when confronted with new or difficult situations. About this book Ella is the new girl at school. She doesn’t know anyone and she...

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21 Sep 2018

The Long Take - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Long Take by Robin Robertson by clicking below.

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21 Sep 2018

The Overstory - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Overstory by Richard Powers by clicking below.

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21 Sep 2018

The Mars Room - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner by clicking below.

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21 Sep 2018

Everything Under - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Everything Under by Daisy Johson by clicking below.

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21 Sep 2018

Washington Black - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Washington Black by Esi Edugyan by clicking below.

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21 Sep 2018

Milkman - Readers' Guide

On Thursday 20 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2018 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Milkman by Anna Burns by clicking below.

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14 Sep 2018

The Wishing-Chair by Enid Blyton - Activity Pack and Competition

Egmont are celebrating the brand new rejackets of the classic The Wishing List adventure stories from the world’s best-loved children’s author, Enid Blyton. The stunning new covers have been designed by Mark Beech. They have created a fantastic activity pack – perfect for Chatterbooks groups, children to work through independently or a class. If you use the pack, we would love to hear some feedback. You can do this online by using #blytonwishingchair and tagging @EgmontUK and...

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13 Sep 2018

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane - an Activity Pack

The Lost Words The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages. Hamish Hamilton have created an activity pack to celebrate the first anniversary of this important book’s publication on Friday...

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11 Sep 2018

Angry Cookie by Laura Dockrill - an author reading

What happens when a little cookie gets up on the wrong side of bed? Prepare to fall absolutely in love with this irresistible cookie, crumbly chocolate chips and all. OH NO! Barbra the cactus won’t stop playing her recorder, the yummy strawberry toothpaste has run out, and now – to top it all off – Cookie has to have his hair cut! Which all makes for one VERY ANGRY little cookie… But perhaps you, the reader, can find a way to turn his grumpy frown upside down? This wildly inventive,...

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11 Sep 2018

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness - A reading by the author

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a richly illustrated and lyrical tale, one that asks harrowing questions about power, loyalty, obsession, and the monsters we make of others. With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba’s pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a...

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06 Sep 2018

Children and Young People booklist - Perfect Poetry Picks

Children and Young People booklist for September 2018 Perfect Poetry Picks This month we have selected our Perfect Poetry Picks. We’re getting in the mood to celebrate National Poetry Day on the 4th of October! We have selected some of our favourite poems or books that have a theme about poetry. You can find out more about some of our picks on the Summer Reading Challenge news page.

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06 Sep 2018

National Poetry Day Chatterbooks Activity Pack

To celebrate National Poetry Day on 4 October, they have created a fantastic and fun, new Poetry Chatterbooks Activity Pack. National Poetry Day is an initiative of the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates excellence in poetry and widens its audience.

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05 Sep 2018

Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll - Activity Pack and Competition

Secrets of a Sun King London, 1922 A discovery from ancient Egypt… A cursed package… The untold story of a young pharaoh… When Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her grandad’s doorstep, she is shocked to see who sent it: a famous Egyptologist, found dead that very morning, according to every newspaper in England! The mysterious package holds the key to a story… about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately hunting for. Lil and her friends must embark on an...

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03 Sep 2018

Treehouse series Chatterbooks activity pack

This Chatterbooks pack is all about the ever-expanding Treehouse Series by writer Andy Griffiths and his best mate, artist Terry Denton. In this pack are activity and discussion ideas for your Chatterbooks group, inspired by the fantastic and fun series. Macmillan Kids UK and Andy and Terry would love to see your groups enjoying the books. You can share images on social media of any displays or your group using #Treehousegarden and tagging @MacmillanKidsUK and @readingagency. You can tag...

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30 Aug 2018

The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury - Activity pack

The Giant Jumperee “I’M THE GIANT JUMPEREE AND I’M SCARY AS CAN BE!" The Giant Jumperee follows the story of Rabbit, who is hopping home one day, only to discover that there’s something lurking in his burrow. It’s the Giant Jumperee, and he’s as scary as can be! Rabbit’s friends Cat, Bear and Elephant come to help, but they are no match for the mysterious, booming voice… A read-aloud picture book by Julia Donaldson, full of suspense and humour and beautifully bought to...

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22 Aug 2018

Dahl Dictionary Activity Sheets

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 #GetGobblefunking and tagging @OUPChildrens and @readingagency. Competition There is also a great competition for children aged 13 and under on the Summer Reading Challenge competition page. If they enter they could win a...

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22 Aug 2018

The Dam by David Almond and illustrated by Levi Pinfold - Teachers' Notes

The Dam When a great dam was built by the Kielder Water in Northumberland, the valley below slowly filled with water. But just before this, when the villagers had been moved out, two musicians went back to the abandoned valley. They tore down the boards over the houses, stepped inside and started to play – for this would be the last time that music would be heard in this place. In this astonishing picture book that combines themes of loss, hope and music, David Almond pays homage to all...

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09 Aug 2018

Sporty Stories Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Here is our Sporty Stories Chatterbooks pack. It is filled with inspiration sporting tales or books written by successful athletes. We have also created a Sporty Stories booklist that you may want to check out.

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07 Aug 2018

A First Book of the Sea by By Nicola Davies - Teachers' notes

A stunning anthology that blends poetry and information about the sea, from an award-winning team. From Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton, the multi award-winning team behind Tiny and Lots, comes a spellbinding collection of poems about the oceans of the world and their shores. With this book, children can swim alongside dolphins and flying fish, pore over rockpools and sail from pole to pole and back, learning about everything from phosphorescence and plankton to manta rays and puffins – all in...

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03 Aug 2018

Back to School Booklist

When September hits it’s time to go back to studying. We have some fantastic books about schools, university and education for when you want to put down a textbook and pick up something to read just for fun.

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01 Aug 2018

Women in Translation Booklist

August is Women in Translation Month. Only a tiny fraction of fiction published in English is translated, and only about a quarter of that translated fiction was originally written by women. For some reason, fiction in translation by women remains as rare as black diamonds. And yet there are so many amazing women-authored books out there in the world – books we’re missing out on. Here is a list of books by women in translation, as chosen by a group of literary translators.

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19 Jul 2018

Aliens Invaded My Talent Show! by Matt Brown - Activity Sheets

Aliens Invaded My Talent Show! Eric Doomsday loves doing magic tricks. But even though his best friend, Vinnie Mumbles, thinks they’re great, they do always seem to go a bit… wrong. When some very important School Inspectors threaten to close down Eric’s school, his headmistress decides to put on a talent show. A talent show with Eric in it. And Eric’s magic tricks. Thank goodness the Earth isn’t being inspected by aliens at the same time! Because magic, aliens...

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18 Jul 2018

To the Edge of the World by Julia Green - Reading group activity and competition

To the Edge of the World Set sail on an exciting adventure in award-winning author Julia Green’s new story To the Edge of the World. Set in the islands of the Outer Hebrides, Julia’s book is a gripping sea adventure with wild places, open seas and remote islands. Explore Julia’s story in your reading groups with downloadable reading notes, packed with themes for discussion, writing ideas, and creative activities. We will provide postcards for your readers to imagine their own amazing...

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18 Jul 2018

Social Media Guide

Reading Groups for Everyone is full of opportunities for reading groups, but publishers are often looking for feedback and reviews in return. They are also increasingly looking for groups who will share their thoughts on social media platforms. If you or your group aren’t familiar with social media, this can seem daunting. We’ve put together a simple social media guide which will enable you to take part and get up to date. Download the guide by clicking the link below.

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12 Jul 2018

National Poetry Day – Reading Group Guide

In the lead-up to National Poetry Day in October, we have a selection of poetry collections that have been specially chosen for reading groups with notes and questions to get you started. To download the guide, click the link below.

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12 Jul 2018

Summer 2018 Booklist

Now that summer has arrived, we’re all looking for that perfect book to take to the beach. The Reading Agency staff have put together our ultimate summer booklist recommendations, with new and older books that we think everyone should take on their holidays. When your children go to the library to get their books for the Summer Reading Challenge, how about picking up one of these suggestions? What’s your summer book recommendation? Join in the conversation online with #summerread To download...

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05 Jul 2018

Think Like an Engineer by Usborne - activity booklet

Think Like an Engineer activity booklet Usborne have created a fantastic activity pack to help inspire children with engineering. They can find out what it takes to be an awesome engineer in this free activity booklet, filled with problems to solve, things to create and links to websites to find out more. You can find out more about the Lift-the-Flap Engineering book and more information about Usborne and the Year of Engineering 2018 here. There is an opportunity (until 24 August) for...

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05 Jul 2018

The Girls with the Lost Smile by Miranda Hart - Event Pack

FIND YOUR SMILE using this fun The Girl with the Lost Smile event pack! The Girl with the Lost Smile Chloe Long has lost her smile. She’s looked everywhere for it. (Under her pillow. Under her bed. Under her nose. Obviously.) She’s tried everything to bring it back. (Her favourite cake. Her favourite gran. Her favourite joke. Obviously.) But nothing seems to be working! Until one night, something utterly magical happens – and Chloe finds herself on an adventure that is out...

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05 Jul 2018

Mischief Makers Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Here is a Chatterbooks activity pack to accompany the Summer Reading Challenge, Mischief Makers. It features reading and activity ideas inspired by the brilliant books in the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge collection.

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