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25 May 2023

Questions and Answers about Refugees Activity Pack

With simple, direct questions, thoughtful, compassionate answers and stunning illustrations by the Ukrainian artist Oksana Drachkovska, this book explores what it really means to be a refugee. Written with advice from the Refugee Council and drawing on conversations with refugees and aid workers from around the world, the questions cover all stages of a refugee’s journey, from fleeing danger and embarking on hazardous journeys, to seeking asylum and struggling to find a new place to call home.

22 May 2023

The Big Breakout (My Laugh-Out-Loud Life 3_ - digital resources

Selected as ‘Books to make you laugh out loud’ – The Reading Agency ‘A must for all KS2 bookshelves’ Reader review ‘Brimming with Bengali culture and hilarious fun’ Reader review More about the book Yusuf wants to be the ultimate uncle to his sister’s new baby, and he has a foolproof plan! With the help of his friends, the school chameleon Chompy, and even his nemesis Bashir the Basher, he knows nothing at all can go wrong… right? Expect more chaotic mishaps, more mayhem, and even more...

14 May 2023

Small Miracles by Anne Booth - Reading Guide

Three nuns play the lottery to save their failing convent, resulting in a story of friendship, community, faith and love. The 1990s are proving tough for the convent. The order of the Sisters of Saint Philomena is down to its three last nuns. The place that Sisters Margaret, Bridget and Cecilia call home is in dire need of repairs and, with no savings and no new recruits, they are facing the prospect of having to sell up and leave behind the friends and neighbours in the parish community that...

10 May 2023

The Rage of the Sea Witch Activity Pack

A new adventure series about the pivotal moments of discovery through the ages, bringing the past to life with a generous helping of fantasy, humour and delightful, black and white illustrations.

10 May 2023

Stone Activity Pack

A second novel from the bestselling author of Branford Boase-shortlisted and Carnegie-nominated Witch. An engrossing story of fathers and sons, death and grief, and unexpected bonds, new and old, forged by dark and benign magic.

10 May 2023

Nala's World Activity Pack

A heartwarming picture book based on the incredible true story of social media sensation and round-the-world-cyclist Dean Nicholson and his trusty cat companion, Nala.

09 May 2023

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume - film club resource

For over fifty years, Judy Blume’s classic and ground-breaking novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret has impacted generations with its timeless coming-of-age story, insightful humour, and candid exploration of life’s biggest questions. In Lionsgate’s big-screen adaptation, 11-year-old Margaret is uprooted from her life in New York City for the suburbs of New Jersey, going through the messy and tumultuous throes of puberty with new friends in a new school. She relies on her mother,...

04 May 2023

Women's Prize for Fiction 2023 - Shortlist Reading Guides

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the greatest international celebration of women’s creativity. Now in its twenty-eighth year, the Prize shines a spotlight on outstanding, ambitious, original fiction written in English by women from anywhere in the world. The 2023 shortlist was announced 26 April. The winner will be announced on 14 June. The Women’s Prize Trust is the registered charity behind the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The Trust supports all readers, prioritising access to and engagement...

03 May 2023

Elmer Day 2023 - Downloadable event packs

Elmer Day returns on Saturday 27 May 2023 and Andersen Press are offering free downloadable event packs to help you join in the celebrations in your school or library, including activity sheets, craft ideas and educational resources. Get ready for the most colourful day of the year! For this year’s Elmer Day we are celebrating the themes of inclusivity and friendship that run throughout the Elmer books as well as honouring the life and legacy of Elmer’s creator David McKee. Everyone is...

20 Apr 2023

Wishtree Activity Pack

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighbourhood wishtree – people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighbourhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

20 Apr 2023

Where Does my Food Come From?

A fully illustrated non-fiction picture book that lets readers discover how their favourite foods are grown and made – with exclusive recipes from Annabel Karmel for each one.

20 Apr 2023

When Poems Fall from the Sky Activity Packs

Original, inspiring and intimate, When Poems Fall From the Sky marries science and poetry to create a tender and thoughtful love-letter to Earth promising children a riot of imagination, humour and joy – the perfect book to celebrate National Poetry Day on 6th October. The collection of poems, raps, rhymes, haiku and little plays is written by Zaro Weil, winner of the 2020 CLiPPA children’s poetry prize and is illustrated in full colour throughout by artist Junli Song.

20 Apr 2023

The King's Hats Activity Pack

King Charles the III is now King of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and he is finding his new crown just a little heavy to manage. But his good friend Tom the gardener is on hand to show him that kings must wear all sorts of hats and that he must be brave and allow himself to be the king he was born to be.

20 Apr 2023

The Butterfly Club Activity Pack

An activity pack for The Butterfly Club series.

20 Apr 2023

The Asparagus Bunch Activity Pack

Leon John Crothers is 4779 days old (thirteen years and one month, if you’re mathematically challenged). He has been ‘moved on’ from six different schools and most people think he has an attitude problem. Leon doesn’t care for the label, in the same way that he doesn’t care for Tim Burton, supermarket trolleys, train fanatics or Bounty bars. This time, however, things may turn out differently, as help comes from where he least expects it – Dr Snot, a physician at pains to help Leon navigate...

20 Apr 2023

Mazy the Movie Star Activity Pack

Mazy is a famous movie star who has her fur fluffed twice a day. While other dogs chase sticks at the park, Mazy chases her acting dreams. Then one morning Mazy’s agent delivers bad news. Hollywoof has changed and there are no jobs for Mazy anymore. Can Mazy embrace what it is that makes her special and find her perfect role?

20 Apr 2023

Honey's Hive by Mo O'Hara - Scheme of Work and activity pack

The first book in an exciting new series from New York Times bestseller Mo O’Hara, packed with bee facts and stunning illustrations by Aya Kakeda. Perfect for readers aged 7+. Honey is a young bee buzzing with ambition, who can’t find her role in her small hive. Just when she thinks she’s found a job she likes, a swarm threatens the whole hive! Honey makes her escape, and discovers a rooftop paradise at the top of a tower block – the perfect place to set up a new hive. Fighting off a swarm of...

18 Apr 2023

Luma and the Pet Dragon

When Luma Dewan wakes up on the morning of her seventh birthday, she knows that today will be special. But she has no idea just how wonderful and extraordinary it will be. For today is the day she will meet Timir – a real talking dragon. Or at least when Luma is around that’s what he is. When anyone else is there, he becomes an ordinary grey puppy with a fluffy tail, who loves chasing squirrels and bouncing on trampolines.

18 Apr 2023

Hedgewitch by Skye McKenna Activity Pack

A young runaway winds up in an enchanted village that separates England from the magical land of faerie in the first part of McKenna’s immersive fantasy series.

18 Apr 2023

Cherry Moon by Zaro Weil Activity Pack

This dazzling poetry collection bubbles with excitement and creativity, capturing the sheer joy of the natural world. Discover parades of beast-doodles, preposterous penguins, talking blossoms, playful birds, humble fleas and a host of other exotic and everyday creatures who jump off the page and into our hearts.

14 Apr 2023

I, Spy: a Bletchley Park Mystery - Activity sheets and social media assets

‘A highly original, gripping, thought-provoking read’ – Emma Carroll Twelve-year-old Robyn has grown up in Bletchley Park. But when the war begins and everything at Bletchley changes. While Bletchley is buzzing with people recruited for the war effort and all eyes are on the skies, Robyn becomes convinced that there’s something sinister going on within Bletchley Park itself. Together with her friends Mary and Ned, Robyn resolves to uncover the enemy in their midst … Rhian Tracey has written a...

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.

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