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12 Apr 2023

The Big Eurovision Read Bilingual (Welsh) Resources

This year, the UK is hosting this year’s Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of last year’s winners, Ukraine. The Contest will be held in Liverpool on Saturday, 13 May. Partnering with BBC Arts, The Reading Agency is joining the party and celebrating the proven power of reading and the power of music, in a reading for pleasure campaign called the Big Eurovision Read. Download your resource pack including a bilingual communications toolkit and poster, an activity toolkit, and social media assets.

12 Apr 2023

The Big Eurovision Read Resource Pack

This year, the UK is hosting this year’s Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of last year’s winners, Ukraine. The Contest will be held in Liverpool on Saturday, 13 May. Partnering with BBC Arts, The Reading Agency is joining the party and celebrating the proven power of reading and the power of music, in a reading for pleasure campaign called the Big Eurovision Read. Download your resource pack including a communications toolkit, an activity toolkit, a poster and social media assets. For...

06 Apr 2023

Call the Puffins by Cath Howe activity sheets

Welcome to the island of Egg where a group of young puffins are training to join a search and rescue team. Here are some activity sheets to enhance the reading experience.

06 Apr 2023

BeYOUtiful by Shelina Janmohamed activity pack

This is NOT a book about what to wear, how to put on make-up or pose for a photo. This is a book about what it means to be beautiful, perfect for readers 10+. It will teach you how to decide FOR YOURSELF what beauty really is, and give you the superpower to say, ’I’m beautiful!’ – and mean it! Here’s a free activity pack.

06 Apr 2023

After School Detective Club Activity Pack

Meet The After-School Detective Club – Lucy, Max, Joe, Charlie and her faithful dog Sherlock. The unlikely gang of friends who stumble across mysteries whenever they’re together! The deeper they dig, the bigger their adventures become. Smugglers, treasure hunters, bedroom breakouts and daring rescues are all in a day’s work for The After-School Detective Club. Here’s some other notes and activities that you could use to bring the stories to life for your class.

05 Apr 2023

Action Dude by Andy Riley Activity Pack

Action Dude written and drawn by Andy Riley, the bestselling create of King Flashypants, is a laugh-out-loud graphic novel that’s full of explosions and friendship and fun and more explosions! Here is a free activity pack which includes discussion questions and activities for children to enhance the reading experience.

31 Mar 2023

The Little Venice Bookshop - digital resources

This spring journey to Venice and lose yourself in a heart-warming romance from the bestselling author and book group favourite, Rebecca Raisin. We have a selection of social media assets and digital resources to download for your library. About the book: A bundle of mysterious letters. A trip to Venice. A journey she’ll never forget. When Luna loses her beloved mother, she’s bereft: her mother was her only family, and without her Luna feels rootless. Then the chance discovery of a collection...

26 Mar 2023

The Girl Who Loves Bugs by Lily Murray and Jenny Løvlie - Activity Pack

The Girl Who Loves Bugs is a hilarious and heart-warming story empowering young girls to always be curious, from superstar writer Lily Murray and Waterstones Prize-winning illustrator, Jenny Lovlie. Evie loves bugs. And she’s fed up of having to keep up with her mums and brother on walks when she’d rather be peering under logs and examining snails. So, one day, she decides to bring the bugs inside, so she can be with them all the time. The problem is, the family is coming to stay, even...

24 Mar 2023

Wider than the Sea by Serena Molloy - School Resources

The powerful tale of a girl who feels broken, and the dolphin who makes her whole. A story of friendship, hope and self-discovery, perfect for readers aged 9+, and beautifully illustrated in black and white by George Ermos. Download the school resources here.

24 Mar 2023

The Reading Agency’s April booklist for Children and Young People – A Race Against Time

Our April booklist – ‘A Race Against Time’ – is chock full of exciting and gripping reads. From books exploring the climate crisis and planet Earth to heart-stopping thrillers and tales of magic and wonder, there’s something for everyone. Dive into the list today and don’t forget to tell us what you thought of any of the books on the list by tagging us on social media using #booklist and tagging @readingagency!

23 Mar 2023

Poppy and Sam Find the Little Golden Duck digital activity pack

First published in 1985, Poppy and Sam and their animal friends have enchanted generations of children. It is one of Usborne’s longest-running series, which now includes picture books, story collections, sticker, activity, magic painting and cookery books, games and jigsaws – all with the famous Little Yellow Duck to spot on every page. Here are some activity sheets to use with children in your school or library.

22 Mar 2023

It's OK To Be Angry About Capitalism by Bernie Sanders - digital assets and event livestream

It’s OK to be angry about capitalism. It’s OK to want something better. Bernie Sanders takes on the 1% and speaks blunt truths about a system that is fuelled by uncontrolled greed, and rigged against ordinary people. Where a handful of oligarchs have never had it so good, with more money than they could spend in a thousand lifetimes, and the vast majority struggle to survive. Where a decent standard of living for all seems like an impossible dream. It’s OK To Be Angry About Capitalism...

22 Mar 2023

Mr Men Discover You Digital Resources

Discover You is the brand-new series from the Mr. Men Little Miss library aiming to help children aged 7 and under better explore, understand, and discuss their emotions. Gently exploring topics around mental health and wellbeing, the pocketsize series guides little readers through big feelings with their favourite Mr. Men Little Miss characters. This digital pack includes posters, colouring sheets and activities.

22 Mar 2023

Maame by Jessica George Reading Guide

Maame is an unforgettable coming-of-age story about finally becoming the heroine of your own life. Here are some reading group questions to help enhance your discussion.

21 Mar 2023

Mark My Words Ace of Spades Activity Pack

The ‘Mark My Words’ campaign supports a joint commitment to social justice, championing the role that reading plays in tackling inequality. By gifting the titles directly into public libraries, ‘Mark My Words’ will ensure that the books are freely accessible to those who will benefit from them most. Get involved in the campaign by downloading this activity pack looking at the young adult title, Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé.

21 Mar 2023

Mark My Words Children's Activity Pack

The ‘Mark My Words’ campaign supports a joint commitment to social justice, championing the role that reading plays in tackling inequality. By gifting the titles directly into public libraries, ‘Mark My Words’ will ensure that the books are freely accessible to those who will benefit from them most. Get involved in the campaign by downloading this activity pack looking at the children’s titles (Black and British by David Olusoga, High-Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson and This Book is...

21 Mar 2023

The Rescue of Ravenwood by Natasha Farrant - digital pack

On top of the hill overlooking the sea is a magical place… A place worth fighting for. To Bea and Raffy, Ravenwood is home. To Noa it’s a welcome refuge. In its own way, the house rescued them, even with a fallen tree taking up most of the kitchen. But now they’re about to lose it and there is nothing they can do… or is there? We all have choices. Bea can stow away across Europe on a train. Raffy can keep climbing the tree. And Noa can find out who started the fire. Join three extraordinary...

20 Mar 2023

The King’s Runaway Crown by Rosalind Spark

Celebrate the coronation with a special pack featuring The King’s Runaway Crown, a fun royal caper covering themes of anxiety, empathy, and community in a light-touch and warm-hearted way. It’s a stupendous day, an exciting day, a MOST important day – and everyone, from the King’s butler to the palace guards, is feeling nervous. They’re all getting ready when Colin, the King’s Jack Russell, grabs the crown and runs away. Soon, he is being chased by the butler, the guards – even the pigeons...

16 Mar 2023

The Reading Agency’s April booklist for Adults – A Race Against Time

Our April booklist – ‘A Race Against Time’ – is chock full of exciting and gripping reads. From thrillers to Sci-Fi, there’s something for everyone. Dive into the list today and don’t forget to tell us what you thought of any of the books on the list by tagging us on social media using #booklist and tagging @readingagency!

16 Mar 2023

Wendington Jones and The Missing Tree by Daniel Dockery - activity pack

Wendington Jones has her world abruptly up-ended when her adventuring mother dies in a car crash in late 1920. Left in the care of her Grandmamma and her valet Rohan, Wendington receives a parcel in the middle of the night, seemingly from her dead mother. It’s half of a manuscript from a book her mother was writing, and describes a mystery surrounding the mythical Tree of Life. When Wendington reads that the tree could have the power to bring her mother back to life, she throws herself into...

15 Mar 2023

The King's Pants by Nicholas Allan - Coronation activity pack

The King cannot rule without his Royal Pants. He has a pair for every occasion: coronation pants (he can’t be crowned without them), organic pants (edible in royal emergencies) and even inflatable space-pants (because one never knows when they might come in handy). But in a boxer-shorts blunder at the Royal Mail, the King’s undies have been posted to his subjects nationwide! With his Y-fronts gone wandering, how will the King possibly cope? The Queen’s Knickers has been a bestselling family...

14 Mar 2023

The Night Animals - Activity Pack

Simon and Schuster Kids are giving lucky libraries display packs to celebrate The Night Animals by Sarah Ann Juckes (and illustrated by Sharon King-Chai). About The Night Animals Uncover the ghost animals within in this moving and uplifting story about finding help where you need it, from the highly acclaimed author and illustrator of The Hunt for the Nightingale. Nora’s mum has good days and bad days, but the bad days are getting worse. It’s been just the two of them for always, and they...

13 Mar 2023

The Nowhere Thief - Activity Pack

Step inside the portal to Nowhere and discover a kaleidoscopic world of possibility… Nosy Crow are offering reading groups copies of The Nowhere Thief, the shimmering debut from Alice M. Ross that is perfect for fans of Jessica Townsend and L.D. Lapinski. Twelve-year-old Elsbeth has an extraordinary power: she can travel to parallel worlds and bring objects back with her. But as freak weather events become more frequent and a strange boy, Idris, starts to turn up everywhere she travels, she...

13 Mar 2023

HappyHead - Activity Pack

Celebrate World Happiness Day with the thought-provoking YA LGBTQ+ thriller HappyHead by Josh Silver. We are in an epidemic. An epidemic of unhappiness. Friends, here is the good news: HappyHead has the answer. When Seb is offered a place on a radical retreat designed to solve the national crisis of teenage unhappiness, he is determined to change how people see him. But as he finds himself drawn to the enigmatic Finn, Seb starts to question the true nature of the challenges they must undergo....

08 Mar 2023

Adventuremice Otter Chaos - Extract and Activities

Superbly silly and highly endearing, the first book in Reeve and McIntyre’s series of rodent adventures sees plucky young Pedro determined to prove he can join the titular band of mighty mice. Meet Pedro. He’s tiny, but while looking for a BIG adventure he is rescued by the ADVENTUREMICE – a brave, determined team who keep all the Mouse Islands safe from harm. Pedro’s dream is to show he’s heroic enough to join their ranks. And he soon gets the chance to prove himself, when a big scary otter...

07 Mar 2023

The Corpse Flower - Social Media Assets

Swift Press is thrilled to introduce new readers to the internationally bestselling author Anne Mette Hancock. We’re offering library POS packs for the first book in her gripping Kaldan and Schäfer series, The Corpse Flower. New in paperback this January 2023. About the book The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo meets Sharp Objects in this internationally bestselling thriller, for fans of Jo Nesbo and Henning Mankell. Danish journalist Heloise Kaldan is in the middle of a nightmare. One of her...

07 Mar 2023

Jayben and the Golden Torch - School Resources

A boy with no memories. A world only he can save. A torch that holds the key. Inspired by the author’s unique personal experience of memory-loss comes an incredible, immersive fantasy series about a boy with no memories and a world that only he can save.

07 Mar 2023

Wider than the Sea - School Resources

The powerful tale of a girl who feels broken, and the dolphin who makes her whole. A story of friendship, hope and self-discovery, perfect for readers aged 9+, and beautifully illustrated in black and white by George Ermos. Ró finds school impossible. She knows people think she’s shy – and stupid. But when she goes to the bay each afternoon to watch the dolphin leap through the water, she finds the strength to keep going. Then the dolphin disappears, and everything starts falling apart. Can...

02 Mar 2023

Gecko Press - publisher spotlight

Gecko Press is an independent, small-by-choice, publisher of children’s books translated from books by some of the best writers and illustrators in the world since 2004. We choose books excellent in story, illustration and design, with a strong heart factor, and that can be read hundreds of times. Based in New Zealand, we are by nature an international business, both in what we publish and where we sell our books. Gecko Press has been represented in the UK by Bounce Sales & Marketing for...

01 Mar 2023

Magic Faces, Heroes of the Pirate Ship by Esi Merleh - Activity Pack

Check out this activity pack for HEROES OF THE PIRATE SHIP by ESI MERLEH, an exciting adventure for 5-8 year olds. About the book Austin, Alanna, and sausage dog Ozzy have been transformed into pirates! Their mission is to find a golden treasure chest before their time in this world runs out. When two very suspicious pirates climb aboard the New Leaf ship and start snooping around, Austin and Alanna know they must help their crewmates… can they save the ship and complete their mission on time?

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