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14 May 2019

Side-splitting stories for children booklist - middle grade books

This month we have created a booklist of our favourite side-splitting stories that will have children laughing loudly! There are plenty of chapters that’ll make them chortle and sentences that will have you in stitches. Here are 15 of our absolute favourite funny middle grade books! You can see our list of picture books here. You can find our picks for books to make young people smile on the Reading Hack website.

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14 May 2019

Side-splitting stories for children booklist - picture books

This month we have created a booklist of our favourite side-splitting stories that will have children laughing loudly! There are plenty of chapters that’ll make them chortle and sentences that will have you in stitches. Here are 12 of our absolute favourite funny picture books! You can see our list for middle grade books here. You can find our picks for books to make young people smile on the Reading Hack website

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10 May 2019

Side-splitting Stories

This month we’re bringing you chapters to make you chortle and sentences that will have you in stitches. Including novels, essays and poetry, these books will have you laughing all day long.

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08 May 2019

The Handmaid's Tale Reading Guide

A reading guide to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid’s Tale went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against him; and the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Sales of the English language edition have now topped 8 million copies worldwide. About the book It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is...

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08 May 2019

National Reading Group Day 2019 - logo

This year, National Reading Group Day will take place on Saturday 15 June, the start of Independent Book Week. We have a downloadable logo that you can use on your materials. Just click on the link below to download.

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08 May 2019

National Reading Group Day 2019 - poster

This year, National Reading Group Day will take place on Saturday 15 June, the start of Independent Book Week. We have a downloadable poster that you can use in your library. Just click on the link below to download.

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07 May 2019

The Silence of the Girls Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

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07 May 2019

Ordinary People Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for Ordinary People by Diana Evans, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

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07 May 2019

The Sister, the Serial Killer Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

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07 May 2019

Milkman Readers' Guide - Women's Prize for Fiction

Download a free readers’ guide for Milkman by Anna Burns, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

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07 May 2019

Circe Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for Circe by Madeline Miller, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

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07 May 2019

An American Marriage Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

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02 May 2019

Dementia friendly booklist

After being diagnosed with Young-onset dementia in July 2014 Wendy Mitchell set about finding other ways to keep reading. She shares some of her favourite books with us here.

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01 May 2019

The Secret Starling Activity Pack

About the book Clara has lived a life of solitude, home schooled under her mean uncle’s strict regime . . . until now! The day that Uncle abandons Clara, leaving her with nothing but a wedge of ‘guilt money’ and a half empty, crumbling manor house, she is determined to do things her way for a change. And when streetwise Peter turns up, with his rescue cat and a surprising array of knowledge, she is sure that between them they have everything they need to survive. But the...

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30 Apr 2019

Alex Rider: Secret Weapon - book trailer

Ever since MI6 recognised his potential, Alex Rider has constantly been thrust into the line of danger. From a routine visit to the dentist that turns into a chase through the streets of London, to a school trip with a deadly twist, no day has ever been ordinary for the teenage super-spy. Secret Weapon is a collection of seven explosive adventures featuring familiar and new assailants from the much-loved world of Alex Rider, including three never-before-seen stories. Discover more and buy the...

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30 Apr 2019

Malamander - book trailer

Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep… Discover Malamander by Thomas Taylor. “Full of unforgettable characters and brimming with maritime mystery.” – Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper’s Island “Mermonkeys, monsters and magic, oh my! Malamander is a brilliantly plotted...

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30 Apr 2019

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Let's Discover Baby Animals, Flowers and Trees - book trailer

Inspiring and fun guides to baby animals, flowers and trees featuring artwork from the animated special of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. In these fun-filled guides to baby animals, flowers and trees, eager readers will learn all about spring time tinies including chicks, bunnies, lambs and all the wonder of plant life, from tiny plants to tall trees and all that’s in-between. Packed with recipes, crafts and sticker activities galore, these beautifully illustrated sticker-activity...

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16 Apr 2019

Celebrating Spring with HarperCollins Children’s Books - activity pack

HarperCollins Children’s Books are celebrating the arrival of Spring with a gorgeous pack of activities for little ones featuring eggs, bunnies and tadpoles from an array of amazing picture book creators! - Follow Tad, the littlest almost-a-frog in the whole wide pond, in the new picture book from Benji Davies, creator of The Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island. - Meet the formidable Imelda and her favourite soft toy, Bunny Wunny, in Emma Chichester Clark’s wickedly funny modern cautionary...

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10 Apr 2019

Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life by Rose Tremain, Reader's Guide

Here is a reading group guide for Rose Tremain’s Memoir, Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life. About the book Rose Tremain (or Rosie as she was then) grew up in post-war London – a city still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed. But when she is ten years old, everything changes. She loses her father, her house, her school, her friends and is dispatched to a freezing boarding-school in Hertfordshire. Slowly though, the teenage Rosie escapes from the cold...

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10 Apr 2019

The Remainder - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán, translated by Sophie Hughes by clicking below.

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10 Apr 2019

The Shape Of The Ruins - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Shape Of The Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated by Anne McLean by clicking below.

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10 Apr 2019

Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones by clicking below.

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10 Apr 2019

The Pine Islands - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann, translated by Jen Calleja by clicking below.

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10 Apr 2019

The Years - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Years by Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison L. Stayer by clicking below.

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10 Apr 2019

Celestial Bodies - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth by clicking below.

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05 Apr 2019

Nature and wildlife booklist

Inspired by the arrival of Spring and the celebration of Earth Day on 22 April, we’ve created a booklist to share some of our favourite titles about the natural world, wildlife and our environment We’ve also created a Chatterbooks pack which focuses on six brilliant books from the booklist and includes activities to use with your reading group or class.

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04 Apr 2019

Nature and wildlife Chatterbooks pack

Inspired by the arrival of Spring and the celebration of Earth Day on 22 April, we’ve created this Chatterbooks pack full of reading recommendations and activity ideas featuring books about the natural world, wildlife and our environment. You can also download our Nature and wildlife booklist at the link below

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01 Apr 2019

Nothing to See Here Competition

The Nothing To See Here Hotel is the best secret holiday destination for mysterious and legendary beings. All manner of magical creatures stay at this hotel; from bridge bothering trolls to wrinkly old mermaids! Competition Do you want to win all three books and the chance to have your creature drawn by Steven Lenton, illustrator of the Nothing to See Here Hotel series? All you have to do is design a new creature to come and visit the Nothing to See Here Hotel! You can find out more and read...

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23 Mar 2019

How to Rob a Bank by Tom Mitchell - Teaching Notes

Some people rob banks because they’re greedy. Others enjoy the adrenalin rush. Me? I robbed a bank because of guilt. Specifically: guilt and a Nepalese scented candle… When fifteen-year-old Dylan accidentally burns down the house of the girl he’s trying to impress, he feels that only a bold gesture can make it up to her. A gesture like robbing a bank to pay for her new home. Only an unwanted Saturday job, a tyrannical bank manager, and his unfinished history homework lie between Dylan and the...

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21 Mar 2019

She Wolf by Dan Smith - Teachers' Notes

Northumbria, 866. Washed ashore on a frozen English beach, Ylva’s survived. She will not cry. She’s meant to be strong. She’s a Viking. But when her mother dies at the hand of a three-fingered man, and the wolves of the forest circle closer, Ylva will need more than the memory of her mother’s stories to stay alive. Can she shape her own legend? Will it end in revenge – or is there another way? If you have an Authorfy subscription, you can also check out Dan’s She Wolf masterclass – Dan has...

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