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22 Mar 2022

Slough House social media assets

These assets can be used to promote Mick Herron’s Slough House series including the latest book, Bad Actors and the forthcoming TV adaptation, on social media.

22 Mar 2022

Mick Herron display materials

This pack includes printable display materials to promote Bad Actors, the latest novel from Mick Herron, plus his backlist titles. The pack includes: Printable bunting featuring Mick Herron’s backlist (PDF) An A3 poster for Bad Actors (PDF) Slow Horses reading group questions

15 Mar 2022

Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in her Head digital activity pack

These resources are designed to be used with children aged 15+ to explore the debut poetry collection by Warsan Shire, Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in her Head. The digital activity pack contains: Bless the Daughter review sheet (PDF) Bless the Daughter activity pack (PDF) Audio recording of four poems, read by Warsan Shire (WAV)

12 Mar 2022

Marv and the Dino Attack - digital resources

Illustrated by Paula Bowles and written by debut author Alex Falase-Koya. Marv is an ordinary boy who loves spending time with Grandpa and reading comics with his best friend Joe. But everything changes when he discovers a mysterious superhero suit hidden in the attic… To his amazement, Marv learns that he is next in a long line of superheroes. Now the time has come to meet his destiny! It’s an exciting day for Marvin and his classmates because they are visiting the Natural History Museum....

12 Mar 2022

Anisha, Accidental Detective: Holiday Adventure - Plot your own mystery activity

Pack your bags – we’re off to a holiday camp! Milo can’t wait to see the wildlife, Manny’s learning survival skills, and even Granny’s going to have a go at archery. Honestly, I just want to read my book, but there’s NEVER any time to relax for Anisha, Accidental Detective. The holiday park’s mascot, Delilah the duck, has been DESTROYED, and my new friend Cleo is everyone’s number one suspect. But I’m sure she’s innocent, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to prove it. Let’s hope we can...

10 Mar 2022

'The Drowning Day' Activity Sheets

These activity sheets from UCLan Publishing are perfect for your class to dive deeper into the themes of The Drowning Day. About the Book When the floods come, truth rises to the surface… It’s 2052, a time when enormous floods can devastate the land at any moment. Jade lives in the Wetlands, a place that will be devastated by the floods. Safety can be found behind the walls of North-Hampton, but it’s a town steeped in prejudice against Wetlanders. When the siren sounds the flood-warning, Jade...

10 Mar 2022

'French Braid' Reading Group Guide

THE MAJOR NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE GREATEST STORYTELLERS OF OUR TIME French Braid is a brilliantly perceptive, painfully true and funny journey deep into one family’s foibles, from the 1950s right up to the changed world of today When the kids are grown and Mercy Garrett gradually moves herself out of the family home, everyone is determined not to notice. Over at her studio, she wants space and silence. She won’t allow any family clutter. Not even their cat, Desmond. Yet it is a clutter of...

09 Mar 2022

'Madame Burova' Digital Assets

These digital assets can be used by libraries and other organisations to promote Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan, published by John Murray on 17 March 2022. The pack contains: Printable bunting template A4 printable poster Digital assets for sharing on social media, including an animation and quote cards (JPG/MP4 – in above link)

09 Mar 2022

'Fire Keeper's Daughter' Teaching Resources

Download Teaching Resources to use with Year 9+ classes, with lesson plans and activities to use with your class to explore the book and deepen their understanding. About the Book Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of a fresh start at college, but when family tragedy strikes, Daunis puts her future on hold to look after her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new...

09 Mar 2022

The Revelry by Katherine Webber - Discussion Questions

I am a girl of Ember Grove, and these are my woods… Growing up in Ember Grove, Bitsy Clark knows better than to mess with the long-held traditions of her hometown. Until her best friend, Amy, persuades her to sneak into the Revelry – the end of school party in the woods, to which only those leaving are invited. When she wakes the next day, Bitsy can’t remember anything from the night before. Weirder still, whenever she tries to speak about the Revelry, Bitsy chokes on the words. But this is...

09 Mar 2022

'House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons' Reading Guide

Explore the themes of travelling and being at home, music, family and community from House of Music with these prompt questions for your reading group. About the Book Seven brothers and sisters. All of them classically trained musicians. One was Young Musician of the Year and performed for the royal family. The eldest has released her first album, showcasing the works of Clara Schumann. These siblings don’t come from the rarefied environment of elite music schools, but from a state...

09 Mar 2022

'The Coffin Club' Reading Guide

Dive deeper into the themes of the The Coffin Club with this discussion guide for your reading group. About the Book Some people would kill for a second chance. Kat is rebuilding her life. After losing her husband in a tragic accident, moving to the countryside is her chance to start again. Encouraged by her new and only friend Ginny, Kat joins New Horizons, dubbed the Coffin Club by its members. And that’s how she meets Nico. Instantly drawn to each other, Nico seems like Kat’s perfect...

09 Mar 2022

Big Book of Boats - digital pack

Big Book of Boats by Luogo comune, translated from Italian by Catherine Bruzzone Get ready to set sail! Embark on a voyage of discovery across the seven seas – and learn all there is to know about boats. In this fascinating non-fiction book, Italian artist Luogo Comune’s charming felt-tip illustrations combine with curious, glint-in-the-eye facts to explore the hidden depths of the world of boats and ships. From vast floating cities to tiny one-person water transporters, this is a book awash...

09 Mar 2022

'Build Your House Around My Body' Reading Guide

Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022, Build Your House Around My Body is an unforgettable debut that hurtles through the ghostly secrets of Vietnamese history. This reading guide from Oneworld Publications includes prompt questions to encourage and guide conversation about the book within your Reading Group.

03 Mar 2022

The Reading Agency's March Booklist: Wonder Women

To mark International Women’s Day (8 March) and celebrate the achievements, triumphs and general brilliance of women and girls around the world, we have created a booklist that represents all these things! From a sweet-toothed recipe book to a history of women’s clothing, to a depiction of Death as a Black working-class woman – with some brilliant translated fiction among them – we hope these books provide something for everyone to discover and enjoy. Tell us what you think of the books on...

02 Mar 2022

'This Girl Can Do Anything' Digital Pack

‘This Girl Can Do Anything’ by Stephanie Stansbie and illustrated by Hazel Quintanella is an empowering picture book that celebrates strong girls the world over. Publisher Little Tiger is offering schools and libraries a digital activity pack to promote the book and celebrate its message with young readers. This book is ideal for children aged 3-6 years. The digital activity pack contains: Author video of Stephanie Stansbie reading from the book x2 This Girl Can do Anything activity sheets...

02 Mar 2022

The Reading Agency's March Booklist for Children & Young People: Wonder Women

To mark International Women’s Day (8 March) and celebrate the achievements, triumphs and general brilliance of women and girls around the world, we have created a booklist for children and young people. From Paralympic swimmers to pioneering footballers, a 19th century classic to thrilling fantasy adventures, we hope there is something for everyone to enjoy. Tell us what you think of the books on this list, or any others you have read, by tagging us on social media: @readingagency

28 Feb 2022

How to Make a Book digital activity pack

Publisher Little Tiger is offering schools and libraries a fantastic digital activity pack for How To Make A Book by Becky Davies and illustrated by Patricia Hu, which looks at all the stages of creating a full-colour children’s book. This book is best suited to children aged 4-8 years. The digital activity pack includes: - An illustrator draw along film from Patricia Hu - x2 How To Make A Book activity sheets (PDF) - x1 printable How to Make a Book Poster A3 Poster - Printable book covers...

24 Feb 2022

'Stage Fright' Teacher Resources, KS2 and LKS3 and book trailer

Stage Fright, short scary tales from the theatre, by Rosie Radford. Mystery and Suspense Writing resource for ages 9 – 12. These short, sharp and spooky tales are perfect for inspiring pupils’ creative writing, particularly in mystery and suspense genre. Stage Fright is a collection of three tales set in the same theatre. The stories range from the 1890s to the present day. They are “perfect to read aloud” (Caroline Fielding, Teen Librarian blog) and make great class readers as each tale can...

23 Feb 2022

'The Dark Lady' Discussion Questions

Discussion questions to accompany Akala’s novel, ‘The Dark Lady’. A natural storyteller with a vision of his own, The Dark Lady, Akala’s debut novel for teens will enthuse and entertain teenagers and young adults, showing that reading is a true super-power. A pickpocket with an exceptional gift. A prisoner of extraordinary value An orphan haunted by dreams of the mysterious Dark Lady Henry is an orphan, an outsider, a thief. He is also a fifteen-year-old invested with magical powers … This...

23 Feb 2022

'What's New, Harper Drew?' Teacher Resources

Reading notes and activities for KS2 (Ages 9+) including visual extracts from the book and reading questions and activities. Welcome to the hilarious WORLD of Harper Drew… there’s a whole lot of DRAMA, but luckily she has tried and tested methods to deal with it! Perfect for fans of Dork Diaries. My name is Harper Drew. I’m using my new journal to take note of all the totally ridiculous things that seem to go on around me with my family and friends. I seem to be the ONLY ONE who sees this all...

23 Feb 2022

Christopher Edge 'Escape Room' Teacher Resources

A mind-blowing new adventure from Christopher Edge, Escape Room is a thrilling adventure that challenges readers to think about what they’ve done to save the world today. When twelve-year-old Ami arrives at The Escape, she thinks it’s just a game – the ultimate escape room with puzzles and challenges to beat before time runs out. Meeting her teammates, Adjoa, Ibrahim, Oscar and Min, Ami learns from the Host that they have been chosen to save the world and they must work together to find the...

22 Feb 2022

John Agard reads When Creature Met Creature

WHEN CREATURE MET CREATURE by John Agard and Satoshi Kitamura Creature-of-No-Words lives a happy life on his own, but one day he gets a feeling like ‘the chill touch of ice’ and nothing can lift his sadness. Just then Creature-of-Words arrives and senses his despair. How can she help him communicate and become happy again? A great tool to get children and adults engaging with life again, after the isolation of lockdown, but more than that it’s a universal exploration of the power of...

22 Feb 2022

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good – digital pack and book trailer

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good – digital pack (9+) Packed with doodles and cartoons, this is the wry, witty and very funny diary of Norse god Loki and the trials of being trapped on Earth as a weedy eleven-year-old boy. After one prank too many, trickster god Loki is banished to live as a “normal” school boy. If he can show moral improvement within one month, then Loki can return to Asgard… and if he can’t? Then it’s eternity in a pit of angry snakes. To keep track of his progress,...

14 Feb 2022

The Unholy Trilogy Reading Group Questions

Dive deeper into the world of Lisa McInerney’s ‘The Unholy Trilogy’ with these reading group questions to help guide your discussion.

11 Feb 2022

Otherlands by Thomas Halliday - digital pack

Discover the past as you’ve never seen it before in Otherlands Otherlands is an epic, exhilarating journey into deep time. Travelling back in time to the dawn of complex life, and across all seven continents, award-winning young palaeobiologist Thomas Halliday gives us a mesmerizing up close encounter with eras that are normally unimaginably distant. There are lots of digital resources that you can use to enter the display competition from Penguin Press. You can download the pack here. To...

09 Feb 2022

The School for Good Mothers Reading Guide

This reading group guide for ‘The School for Good Mothers’ includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion.

01 Feb 2022

The Tower at the End of Time by Amy Sparkes - book trailer

Nine and her friends have broken the curse on their marvellous, magical House, and are free to travel the worlds once more! Their first stop: The Wizarding Hopscotch Championships. There’s only one problem: the House is nervous about travelling – and gets the hiccups! Bouncing from world to world with every “HIC!”, they finally land at the championships, only for Flabberghast to have an unfortunate run-in with square number nine, and find himself faced with the terrible Tower at the End of...

21 Jan 2022

Rabbit and Bear - discussion notes and teaching resources

Rabbit and Bear: A Bad King is a Sad Thing by Julian Gough and Jim Field The next book in the bestselling series for newly independent readers with these laugh-out-loud tales of friendship, adventure and a little bit of poo! Icebear has arrived in Rabbit and Bear’s valley, and he wants to be king. He’s big and scary, and the more kind and understanding the animals are, the meaner he becomes. Rabbit is confused: Bear has always been able to fix their problems in the past – but maybe this time...

20 Jan 2022

Grandpa Frank's Great Big Bucket List by Jenny Pearson and David O'Connell - Digital pack

Half a million pounds, one new grandpa and a priceless adventure! From the bestselling queen of heart and humour, JENNY PEARSON, comes a great big soaring adventure about family and finding happiness. When Frank John Davenport inherits piles of money from a grandma he didn’t know he had, things take an unexpected turn… Because the money comes with STRICT instructions…and a NEW grandpa. Frank quickly compiles a list of all the ways he can spend the money and look after his grumpy grandpa....

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