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12 Jan 2023

Albi: the Glowing Cow Boy - reading notes and activities

These activities and notes are suitable for kids’ book clubs, home learning or in the classroom. About the book On a quiet farm in a frosty England, under the glowing light of a magical milk moon, a boy calf is born. His name is Albi, and he has no idea how extraordinary he is going to be. Several miles away lives a human boy called Rufus. Rufus is extraordinary in his own way, but he has no friends and no one to love him. Rufus seeks the family he never had, and he’ll go to any lengths to...

11 Jan 2023

All Four Quarters of the Moon by Shirley Marr Teacher Notes

All Four Quarters of the Moon is a beautiful, heartwarming story about one family’s move from Singapore to Australia. This teaching pack explores some of the important themes within the book using spotlight extracts, discussion questions, cross-curricular activities and ideas aimed at 9+/KS2 readers.

11 Jan 2023

All Four Quarters of the Moon by Shirley Marr Discussion Notes

All Four Quarters of the Moon is a beautiful, heartwarming story about one family’s move from Singapore to Australia. These discussion notes explore some of the important themes within the book.

06 Jan 2023

'Foster' and 'Small Things Like These' Reading Group Guides

A Reading Guide to ‘Foster’ and ‘Small Things Like These’ (shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022) by Claire Keegan.

23 Dec 2022

The Littlest Yak - digital resources and social media assets

Look for the perfect story time read? We have a sneak peek extract of The Littlest Yak: The New Arrival and a selection of social media assets to download for your library. More about the book ‘The heart-warming and hilarious sequel to Lu Fraser & Kate Hindley’s much-loved The Littlest Yak finds Gertie having a bit of a wobble when she becomes a big sister for the first time.’ Waterstones Gertie the yak is back! And she’s going to be a big sister! Gertie wants the new baby to feel right...

22 Dec 2022

Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers about Money by Lara Bryan and Marie-Eve Tremblay - activity sheets and videos

Understanding money today is so much more than learning about notes and coins. Where does money come from? Why do I have to save? What happens if I click BUY NOW? Find answers to important money questions, and some silly ones too in this friendly and useful book. - The question and answer lift-the-flat format is a perfect reading tool for curious kids - Written in consultation with money management expert Bobby Seagull – TV and radio presenter, teacher and ambassador for the National Numeracy...

01 Dec 2022

Sadé and Her Shadow Beasts by Rachel Faturoti - digital resources, video and social media assets

Explore the themes of grief, family, poetry and creativity with these learning resources for Rachel Faturoti’s glorious debut, Sadé and Her Shadow Beasts. Suitable for Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. More about the book Grief let the monsters in. Finding her voice will banish them. Twelve-year-old Sadé has been escaping to an imaginary world ever since her mum passed away – with its candy-floss lilac sky, she goes on endless adventures atop her purple-winged bird, Nix. But soon she...

24 Nov 2022

'Am I Made of Stardust?' Learning Resources

Explore the themes of space travel and curiosity with these learning resources for Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock’s ‘Am I Made of Stardust?’ Suitable for ages 9-11 (Year 4 to Year 6)

24 Nov 2022

'Wolfbane' Teacher Resources

Explore the themes of Michelle Paver’s ‘Wolfbane’ through activities and discussion in this Teachers’ Pack. About the Book The grand finale to the prize-winning adventure series that’s changed the lives of millions of readers. Breathtaking world-building on an epic scale. Pure escapism at its best. It is early spring, a turbulent, perilous time of sudden storms, frozen river fractures and drifting ice. Fleeing from a demon intent on devouring his souls, Wolf is swept out to Sea far from the...

08 Nov 2022

Don't Ask the Dragon by Lemn Sissay - Activity Sheets

Don’t Ask the Dragon by Lemn Sissay is the story of a story of a little boy called Alem who goes on an adventure. It’s his birthday, but who knows where he can go to celebrate it? Maybe the bear, the fox, the treefrog or the bulldog know? But don’t ask the dragon… or he will EAT you! Download these activity sheets and colouring sheet to support children’s reading of Don’t Ask The Dragon.

01 Nov 2022

What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks - activity sheets

Unwrap a brand new adventure from everyone’s favourite crime-fighting ladybird! We’re celebrating What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas, a brand new title in the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard series by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. In a big old house, the ladybird is visiting her friend the spider for the festive season. But those two bad men, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, are up to no good again. They have a devious plan – to steal the children’s Christmas presents from their stockings!...

31 Oct 2022

The Last Storyteller by Donna Barba Higuera - digital pack

An unforgettable journey through the stars, to the very heart of what makes us human. The incredible Newbery Medal-winning novel from Donna Barba Higuera. “Gripping in its twists and turns, and moving in its themes – truly a beautiful cuento.”- NEW YORK TIMES Había una vez… There lived a girl named Petra Peña, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita. But Petra’s world is ending. Earth will soon be destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their...

23 Oct 2022

Joseph Coelho - Rhymetime and Storytime digital pack

Blow a kiss, catch a kiss when we are apart. Blow a kiss, catch a kiss put it in your heart. From Eye Caterpillars to The Journey Game, and from Dancing Families to Dreamtime, Blow a Kiss, Catch a Kiss is beautifully illustrated collection of 44 fun and heart-warming poems from award-winning children’s poet Joseph Coelho, designed to be shared together. ‘The idea behind the book was to create a series of modern baby action poems. As much as I’m a fan of ‘ring a ring o roses’ and ‘the wheels...

18 Oct 2022

October 2022 Children's and Young People booklist - Brilliant books by Black authors and illustrators

As October is Black History Month, we have created a booklist of 125 brilliant books created by Black authors and illustrators. There is something for everyone with fantastic poetry, graphic novels, fiction and non-fiction titles. You can join in with the conversation online using #BrilliantBooksBooklist and tagging us using @readingagency on Twitter and @SummerReadingChallengeUK on Facebook.

10 Oct 2022

Critical Role: Vox Machina Kith and Kin Reading Guide

Explore the past of Critical Role’s daring half-elf twins, Vex’ahlia and Vax’ildan, in this original prequel novel to their adventures with Vox Machina. This reading group guide will help discussion, activity and further reading, inspired by this book.

05 Oct 2022

Key Player: Room to Dream by Kelly Yang - Teaching Notes

’Mia is the compassionate, action-driven heroine today’s readers deserve’ Publishers Weekly MIA TANG IS PLAYING TO WIN! The Women’s World Cup is coming to California, and everyone has football fever ― especially Mia! But when her PE teacher gives her a C, Mia has to pull up her grade by scoring interviews with the championship teams. It’s not so easy when… 1. The two teams are hunkered down in secret hotels in Pasadena and not taking any media requests. 2. Mr Yao is back at the motel― as a...

03 Oct 2022

Someday, Maybe by Onyi Nwabineli - reading guide

Stunningly honest and bursting with wit, Someday Maybe is the story of grief and resilience that you won’t be able to stop talking about. Eve is left heartbroken by her husband’s unexpected death, but everyone around her – her friends, her boisterous British-Nigerian family, her toxic mother-in-law – seems to be pushing her to move on. Unable to face the future, Eve begins looking back, delving through the history of her marriage in an attempt to understand where it went wrong. So begins an...

03 Oct 2022

Bring Your Toy to School Day (12 October) - digital pack

Hachette Children’s Group have created an exciting resource pack to help you celebrate Bring Your Toy to School Day on 12 October. The downloadable digital pack includes: - Bring Your Toy to School Day instruction sheet for teachers - Downloadable poster to advertise Bring Your Toy to School Day - Downloadable activity sheets - Downloadable The Christmas Pig bookmarks The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and...

02 Oct 2022

Oh No, George! - special poster for Libraries Week

Our friends at Walker Books want to help you celebrate Libraries Week with a special themed poster featuring illustrations from Oh No, George! It’s hard work being good all the time – and it’s especially hard for a dog like George! Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Oh No, George! is a laugh-out-loud, visual romp from the acclaimed author-illustrator, Chris Haughton. We would love to see you enjoying the pack and celebrating Libraries Week using #LibrariesWeek and tagging WalkerBooksUK and...

02 Oct 2022

Game Changer: A Rocky of the Rovers Novel by Tom Palmer - Activity Pack

Kick-off your reading with Roy of the Rovers, and his sister, Rocky Race! Roy of the Rovers is the action-packed football series that spans both illustrated fiction titles and graphic novels across sixteen exciting books! Roy and his sister Rocky are ordinary teenagers, but with big dreams for playing for their local team, The Melchester Rovers! But making the cut is the first hurdle to the top, as the footballing siblings have to deal with a whole heap of problems both on the pitch and off...

30 Sep 2022

Treacle Walker Reading Group Guide - The Booker Prize 2022

A Reading Guide to ‘Treacle Walker’ by Alan Garner, shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022. Includes information about the book, the author, what the Booker judges said and questions and discussion points.

30 Sep 2022

The Trees Reading Group Guide - The Booker Prize 2022

A Reading Guide to ‘The Trees’ by Percival Everett, shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022. Includes information about the book, the author, what the Booker judges said and questions and discussion points.

30 Sep 2022

Small Things Like These Reading Group Guide - The Booker Prize 2022

A Reading Guide to ‘Small Things Like These’ by Claire Keegan, shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022. Includes information about the book, the author, what the Booker judges said and questions and discussion points.

30 Sep 2022

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida Reading Group Guide - The Booker Prize 2022

A Reading Guide to ‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almedia’ by Shehan Karunatilaka, shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022. Includes information about the book, the author, what the Booker judges said and questions and discussion points.

30 Sep 2022

Oh William! Reading Group Guide - The Booker Prize 2022

A Reading Guide to ‘Oh William!’ by Elizabeth Strout, shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022. Includes information about the book, the author, what the Booker judges said and questions and discussion points.

30 Sep 2022

Glory Reading Group Guide - The Booker Prize 2022

A Reading Guide to ‘Glory’ by NoViolet Bulawayo, shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022. Includes information about the book, the author, what the Booker judges said and questions and discussion points.

30 Sep 2022

Ember Shadows and the Fates of Mount Never - author videos and teaching resources

In a land trapped by fate, only courage can re-write the future. In the magical village of Everspring, everyone receives a fate card before their twelfth birthday, sent down from the mysterious Mount Never. It tells them their purpose, their profession and how old they’ll be when they die. Nearly 12-year-old Ember Shadows has always believed she is destined for great things. But when her fate card arrives, it’s blank. What does that mean? Then, worse still, her sister’s card decrees she will...

28 Sep 2022

Children's Yearbook 2022

To celebrate National Reading Group Day 2022, we asked our Chatterbooks group leaders to recommend the books that their participants have enjoyed over the past year, and we loved hearing what made them giggle and be inspired! With nature, dark fairy tales and the baddest panda at the zoo, these books are perfect to get children reading. 

28 Sep 2022

Icebreaker questions

You’ve read your book and come together with your group to discuss it, but where do you begin? Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to talk about first, so these handy questions will help to break the ice and get the conversation flowing. Looking to start a reading group? You can also download our How to start a reading group guide, and a social media guide to show how you can share your reading with others online.

27 Sep 2022

Yearbook 2022 booklist

The results are in! To celebrate National Reading Group Day, we asked you for your recommendations for our 2022 Yearbook – the books that have made your group laugh, cry debate and more over the past year. We loved reading your recommendations and had a hard time selecting which books to put on our list. We hope that you enjoy them!

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