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03 Sep 2023

The Reading Agency’s September booklist – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

National Coding Week is an annual event that aims to help adults, young people and children with learning digital skills. National Coding Week will be happening from the 18-24 September so we are celebrating our favourite books that have strong themes to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). You can buy the books from Bookshop.org. We would love to hear what books you’d recommend for the theme on social media using #booklist and tagging @readingagency. You can see our past...

01 Sep 2023

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam - digital resources

Celebrating 10 years of cakes, crooks and canine capers! Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are two hapless robber dogs who can never seem to fill their swag bags. But when they decide on a career change and open up a café, they realize that, although crime doesn’t pay, cupcakes certainly do! Together, they now solve mysteries, sniff out crime and make the best treats in town! In their new adventure, Train Trouble, our doggy duo board the Pawrient Express to solve a baffling series of...

01 Sep 2023

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam - digital resources

Celebrating 10 years of cakes, crooks and canine capers! Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are two hapless robber dogs who can never seem to fill their swag bags. But when they decide on a career change and open up a café, they realize that, although crime doesn’t pay, cupcakes certainly do! Together, they now solve mysteries, sniff out crime and make the best treats in town! In their new adventure, Train Trouble, our doggy duo board the Pawrient Express to solve a baffling series of...

01 Sep 2023

I Know It's You by Susan Lewis - digital resources

Don’t miss the next emotionally gripping thriller from Sunday Times bestseller Susan Lewis! THE STORY… The first chapter of a manuscript arrives on Publisher Marina’s desk. She assumes it’s just another novel by another aspiring writer… THE SECRET… As the chapters arrive one by one, Marina is convinced they are about her past. There’s only one person who can know everything about the scandal, the trial, and the trauma that nearly broke her. THE SILENCE… This is one story that should never be...

30 Aug 2023

Worrybot by Simon Packham Digital Resources

In Simon Packham’s Worrybot, Josh has built a Worrybot of his own, a home-made cardboard robot to eat up his worst fears. He writes his worries on a piece of paper, posts them into Worrybot’s mouth and finds it helps his problems feel a little bit smaller. UCLan Publishing are encouraging schools and libraries across the UK to do the same to help children feel a bit less anxious. Build your own Worrybot and make it part of a Worrybot library display and you could be in with a chance of...

24 Aug 2023

The Story of Now Activity Pack

Think the British Empire is ancient history? Think again. It’s time to tell you an unbelievable story. One that spans more than 400 years and influences the world as you know it. Instead of endless lists of Kings and Queens, battles and dates, this book introduces you to some of the hottest topics, ideas and experiences of real people. You will discover the forces behind the biggest empire of all time and you’ll answer some BIG questions. Like what does it MEAN to be British? What do people...

24 Aug 2023

Geomancer: In the Shadow of the Wolf Queen Activity Pack

Ysolda has lived her life in the shadow of the wolf queen’s tyrannical rule but, safe in her forest haven, she has never truly felt its threat. Until one day when a mysterious earthquake shakes the land and her older sister Hari vanishes in its wake. Accompanied by her loyal sea hawk, Nara, Ysolda embarks on a desperate rescue mission. But when she is forced to strike a bargain with the wolf queen herself, she soon finds herself embroiled in a quest for a magic more powerful – and more...

21 Aug 2023

Blade Breaker by Victoria Aveyard - digital assets

A DIVIDED REALM MUST RALLY, AN UNSTOPPABLE ENEMY MUST BE DEFEATED, AND THE FATE OF THE WORLD RESTS ON A BLADE’S EDGE. Andry, a former squire, fights for hope amid blood and chaos. Dom, a grieving immortal, strives to fulfill a broken oath. Sorasa, an outcast assassin, faces her past when it returns with sharpened teeth. Valtik, an old sorceress, summons a mighty power. And Corayne, a pirate’s daughter with an ancient magic in her blood, steps closer to becoming the hero she’s destined to...

17 Aug 2023

You Can Do Anything Tyrone - digital assets and author video

You Can Do Anything, Tyrone! is an out-of-this-world adventure from award-winning actor Sir Lenny Henry and debut illustrator Salomey Doku. Tyrone is going to build a brilliant rocket ship out of building blocks and go on an adventure to the moon! There’s just one problem… the blocks won’t work, and Tyrone quickly loses his temper. Luckily, Grandad Cleveland is on hand to show him that with determination and imagination, Tyrone can do ANYTHING. In fact, why stop at the moon when there’s the...

17 Aug 2023

Ten-word Tiny Tales - digital pack and book trailers

“Invite me in,” she says, outside my tenth storey window… Is it possible to spin a tale using just ten words? In this unique and magnificent compendium designed to spark the imagination, Joseph Coelho brings us stories of underwater worlds, bears in outer space, and portals to places unknown… all in just ten words! Each tale has been paired with one of the finest present-day illustrators – and, together, the words and pictures will create a space for creativity as young readers imagine how...

17 Aug 2023

Kòkú Àkànbí and the Heart of Midnight – School Resources

In five days’ time, darkness will disappear forever, along with the magical creatures who inhabit it. One 13-year-old boy is the last hope for survival… When Kòkú accidentally causes chaos by releasing a demon from a museum, he is sent away to Olórí – a place he’s supposed to call home, but barely remembers. Koku finds himself in a land of endless sun and powerful tribes – and on the wrong side of a war. The ruling Ògún tribe is determined to destroy night and the magical creatures who need...

15 Aug 2023

Everyday Action, Everyday Change Activity Sheets

In this inspiring guide, changemakers, sisters and founders of Everyday Racism, Natalie and Naomi Evans, give readers empowering advice for dealing with the issues we see, hear about and face every day, from racism and sexism to homophobia and ableism, providing you with achievable everyday actions to create change! Tips for practising positive everyday mindsets and self-care before things get stressful make this a go-to book for feeling informed, positive and motivated too. Join us on our...

15 Aug 2023

Crookhaven School Activity Sheet

13-year-old Gabriel is a brilliant pickpocket, a skill which he uses to keep his often empty belly not quite so empty. And then one day, he’s caught. But instead of being arrested, he is invited by the mysterious Caspian Crook to attend Crookhaven – a school for thieves. At Crookhaven, students are trained in lock-picking, forgery and ‘crim-nastics’, all with the intention of doing good out in the world, by conning the bad and giving back to the innocent. But … can you ever really trust a...

15 Aug 2023

Winnie and Wilbur: Sports Day Activity Sheet

Winnie and Wilbur are taking part in the local witches’ sports day. After training hard in their garden, finally the big day arrives. There is a high jump contest, an egg-and-spoon race, and even a cats’ tree climb race – but the main event is the exciting broomstick obstacle race. Winnie and Wilbur are desperate to finally win it this year having lost out to Maryam and her cat Malak the last two years. But when the referee is about to read out the results, a gust of wind blows them away!...

15 Aug 2023

Matisse’s Magical Trail Activity Sheet

A beautiful, colourful and bold picture book that encourages children to notice the small things, think big, and express themselves! Matisse is a young snail who loves to create beautiful drawings with his trail. The trouble is most of the time people are far too busy to even notice them. It’s only when a child notices Matisse’s beautiful trails that his art is finally celebrated – and they inspire a whole class of children to get creative too!

15 Aug 2023

The Wonder Brothers Activity Sheet

Cousins Middy and Nathan love magic. The on-stage, cape-swirling, bunny-out-of-a-hat kind. For Middy, it’s all about patience and practice. She uses magic skills to help her out of tricky situations. Nathan is a show-off and a total danger magnet, he is drawn to the sensation, spectacle and audience. So when the famous Blackpool Tower dramatically vanishes the night of the Grand Lights Switch-On, showman Nathan announces live on TV that they will magic it back home. With a stick of rock, a...

15 Aug 2023

Keep Smiling Activity Sheet

Vina’s Mum has always told her that a smile is the best gift you can give someone. And as Vina loves smiling more than anything else, she gives the gift of her smile to anyone who needs it. But on her first visit to her new school, Vina’s own smile gets a bit . . . lost. She can’t find it under the slide, or on the climbing frame. Then, a smile appears, in the most unexpected place!

15 Aug 2023

The Magician's Daughter Activity Sheet

After one hilarious, disastrous magic show too many, Abby’s dad decides it’s time to give up showbiz. Until the day Abby finds a mysterious, dusty old book of spells among her mum’s things. Mum had always been the dazzling magician, after all. As Abby practises, each new spell brings wonder and joy, not only to Abby and her dad, but also to the whole community. Nothing lasts forever, though, and after each public performance another spell vanishes from the book. So before the magic disappears...

14 Aug 2023

Spear by Nicola Griffith - promotional guide

About the ADCI Literary Prize 2023 Launched in 2022, the ADCI (Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses) Literary Prize seeks to encourage greater positive representation of disability in literature. Founded by author Penny Batchelor and publisher Clare Christian together with the Society of Authors, the prize is generously sponsored by Arts Council England, ALCS, the Drusilla Harvey Memorial Fund, and the Professional Writing Academy. Open to authors with a disability and/or chronic...

04 Aug 2023

Reader Reviews August 2023 - what readers thought about books this month!

Did you know that we offer free reading group sets of books for groups every month? All we ask for in return are reviews. If you’d like to find out more you can sign up to our newsletters. Every month we will be sharing reviews from our readers who have received copies of the latest books from our publisher partners. Books reviewed in August include: Children’s Thief of Farrowfell Spellstone Between Night and Day Emerald and the Ocean Parade Wider Than The Sea The Deadlands Nic Blake and the...

24 Jul 2023

Usborne Adventure Gamebooks Activity Sheet

Prepare for death-defying rooftop chases, shadowy enemies and fiendish picture puzzles in this thrilling adventure gamebook where the hero of the story is YOU. As a member of the League of Thieves you’re used to plenty of danger and mystery, but your most perilous mission yet is about to begin. Can you succeed where all others have failed and break into the infamous Castle Flaggstone to rescue your friend, steal a priceless treasure and uncover an ancient secret? With a fun dice-based combat...

24 Jul 2023

The Selfish Crab Colouring Sheets

Claude has the most beautiful shell of all the crabs on the beach. It makes him feel special and he’s determined never, ever to part with it. Of course, hermit crabs change their shells as they grow-in fact they often swap with each other. But when it’s time to swap, Claude says ‘NO!’. His decision spins the hermit crab community into chaos and it means that little Alphonso’s shell is much too big. At the seaside this is dangerous. Can Claude give up his selfish ways in time to save his friend?

24 Jul 2023

Cleo the Completely Fine Camel Activity Sheet

Cleo is a COMPLETELY FINE camel. Really, everything is just great. Honestly. A sweltering hot day? Well, Cleo has never felt better! Is she thirsty? No really she’s fine. A desert sandstorm? Not a problem, because Cleo is FINE (even while buried under two feet of sand). It’s only when an ostrich who tells it like it is turns up that Cleo has the courage to admit that, just maybe, she’s not fine at all.

24 Jul 2023

Into the Wild Colouring Sheets

One night Joe leaves his window open and with a swirl of leaves and a flap of feathers, the Wild invites him outside to explore the night-time city. Joe learns that animals and plants can thrive even in the most built-up environment, and that with a bit of imagination, a city can be full of surprises.

24 Jul 2023

Between Night and Day Activity Sheets

When Pongo, a young orangutan, reaches for a ripe mango, she gets a big surprise! Clinging to the fruit, and very confused, is a little bat called Bulu who can’t find his way back to his cave in the busy daytime forest. Pongo soon learns that for a creature who is used to the shadows of the night, the day can be a very scary place. When they finally find Bulu’s home, the roles are reversed, and Pongo must venture into a dark and unfamiliar world. Can the two animals find somewhere between...

24 Jul 2023

The Destiny of Minou Moonshine Teaching Resources

The story of a queendom set in an alternate colonial India, blending Frances Hardinge with Kipling’s Kim. A debut rich in fantasy, friendship and faith, and an original steampunk adventure that sparkles with storytelling magic. ‘A land that loses its stories loses its way.’ The beautiful queendom of Moonlally has fallen under a tyrant’s rule. Their queen is dead, worship of their goddess, the Dark Lady, is forbidden, and the precious black diamond that protects the city – a rare fragment of...

24 Jul 2023

Rider of the Storm Teaching Resources

Dido gallops headlong into her third adventure, following her escapades in the riveting and action-packed Race to the Death and Rivals on the Track. Dido is reconciled to leaving the racing track and staying at home to train horses with Scorpus and Parmenion. But a storm is brewing. It brings with it a fiery black stallion, uncannily like Dido’s beloved Porcellus. Word arrives from Rome that her cousin, Abibaal, a talented young charioteer, has been recruited to compete for the evil emperor,...

24 Jul 2023

Rider of the Storm Teaching Resources

Dido gallops headlong into her third adventure, following her escapades in the riveting and action-packed Race to the Death and Rivals on the Track. Dido is reconciled to leaving the racing track and staying at home to train horses with Scorpus and Parmenion. But a storm is brewing. It brings with it a fiery black stallion, uncannily like Dido’s beloved Porcellus. Word arrives from Rome that her cousin, Abibaal, a talented young charioteer, has been recruited to compete for the evil emperor,...

24 Jul 2023

Art is Everywhere Activity Sheets

What do you think ART is? Is it pictures on the walls of a gallery? And what about an ARTIST? Someone holding a paintbrush, standing in front of an easel? Yes to both, but art and artists are so much more than that! Art is everywhere around us, we just need to know how to look for it… I’m Joe Haddow, artist, radio producer, podcaster and super-fan of all forms of art. I’m on a mission to show everyone how art can be found in so many different places, and created by so many different people....

24 Jul 2023

Get Ready for School Activity Sheets

This bumper sticker book is made up from four separate books – Alphabet, First Numbers, Colours and Shapes – providing a comprehensive introduction to a range of early years skills which are essential for children who are about to start school. Adding stickers provide an interactive element which reinforces learning.

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