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18 Mar 2019

Heart: A History Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 19 March the Wellcome Book Prize announced the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prize rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Wellcome Book Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar by clicking below.

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15 Mar 2019

All The World's a Stage - booklist

Some of the most loved stories have been adapted for the stage—either as plays or musicals. Some you may know, but others might surprise you! We’ve collected some of our favourite books that have been adapted for the stage.

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12 Mar 2019

The Boy Who Flew by Fleur Hitchcock - Resource pack

About the book Athan Wilde dreams of flight. When his friend, Mr Chen, is murdered, Athan must rescue the flying machine they were building together and stop it falling into the wrong hands. But keeping the machine safe puts his family in terrible danger. What will Athan choose – flight or family? From the acclaimed author of Murder In Midwinter, Fleur Hitchcock’s The Boy Who Flew is a thrilling, murderous tale set among the steep rooftops and slippery characters of Athan’s intricately...

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12 Mar 2019

Hugs and Kisses by Sam Hay and Emma Dodd - Activity Pack

There are two sides to every story… Flip the book to read each side of the story in this enchanting tale of a whale and an octopus on their search for love, ending with a huge pop-up surprise. Big Blue Whale is feeing small. Everyone has someone to hug except from him! On his journey to find the perfect hug he meets lots of sea creatures who want to hug him including a kind clown fish and a sea horse with a very swirly, whirly tail. But he’s just too big for them to hug! On the other...

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11 Mar 2019

The Closest Thing to Flying by Gill Lewis - Reading Notes

The Closest Thing to Flying Present day: Semira doesn’t know where to call home. She and her mother came to England when she was four years old, brought across the desert and the sea by a man who has complete control. Always moving on, always afraid of being caught, she longs for freedom. 1891: Hen knows exactly where to call home. Her stifling mother makes sure of that. But her Aunt Kitty is opening her eyes to a whole new world. A world of animal rights, and votes for women, and...

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11 Mar 2019

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Event pack and Teachers' Notes

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? What’s included in the pack? An A4 poster, Storytelling pack, Activity Pack and Teachers’ Notes. Click on the link under...

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11 Mar 2019

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods - Teaching Resources

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods Resource Pack for KS2 Teachers This is the story of a sleepy town called Suds. A place where stories fill the air of children turning grey and disappearing without a trace. Poppy and Erasmus are certain there’s something peculiar going on in Suds, and they’re determined to unravel its secrets. But when they discover the answers might lie in the dark and twisting woods, can they find the courage to creep inside and solve this riddling mystery? Introducing...

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08 Mar 2019

Circle by Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett - a book trailer

This book trailer is about Circle. This book trailer is also about Circle’s friends Triangle and Square. When they all play hide-and-seek, Circle makes a rule. But when Triangle breaks that rule, Circle has to rescue him… You can find out more on the Walker Books website.

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08 Mar 2019

International Women's Day 2019

This International Women’s Day we have come up with a list of twelve books that we hope express a small section of the enormous range of challenges faced by women across the world in the 21st century. Let us know your recommendations on social media.

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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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