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12 Mar 2018

The Wanderers Reading Guide

About the book: Two teenagers, bound by love yet divided by fate, forge separate paths in pre-First World War Devon and Cornwall. 1912. Leo is on a journey. Aged thirteen and banished from the secluded farm of his childhood, he travels through Devon, grazing on berries and sleeping in copses. Behind him lies the past, and before him the West Country, spread out like a tapestry. But a wanderer is never alone for long, try as he might – and soon Leo is taken in by gypsies, with their waggons,...

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09 Mar 2018

The Hoarder by Jess Kidd - Readers' Guide

Maud Drennan – underpaid carer and unintentional psychic – is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that something is changing: Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her. With only her agoraphobic landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal’s decades-old...

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09 Mar 2018

The Hoarder by Jess Kidd - exclusive extract

Maud Drennan – underpaid carer and unintentional psychic – is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that something is changing: Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her. With only her agoraphobic landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal’s decades-old...

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02 Mar 2018

Inspirational Women

To mark 100 years of female suffrage, we collected together our favourite books about girls, women and feminism.

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02 Mar 2018

Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison - Library resources pack

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world’s history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations. Debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison pairs captivating text with stunning illustrations as she tells the stories of both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history – from nurse Mary Seacole, to politician Diane Abbott, mathematician Katherine...

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28 Feb 2018

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy - Activity packs

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are two hapless robber dogs who decide on a career change after one bungled burglary too many. Their adventures are full of japes, scrapes and mysteries to solve, and prove just what fun a life of baking can be! There are two Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam picture books and three hilarious young readers. This download contains four paw-some puzzle pages: - A step-by-step guide to drawing...

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23 Feb 2018

Man Booker Prize - list of winners

The Golden Man Booker Prize will mark the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize. This special one-off award will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, as chosen by five judges and then voted for by the public. Take a look at every one of the winners by downloading our list, and see how many you have read. Remember you can leave a review for any book you have read on our Book Reviews page.

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22 Feb 2018

Piggy Hero by Pip Jones - Activity pack and competition

Piggy Hero ‘Jeffry, I’m no mere guinea pig! I’m a Handsome. And Handsomes have always been famous. I simply cannot be the only Handsome in history to not be famous.’ Piggy Handsome is a very confident guinea pig with a hugely inflated ego – he hails from a long line of very famous guinea pigs. But sadly Handsome STILL hasn’t achieved world renown. Well, now he has a new plan to get his name on the telly – he’ll be someone’s hero! Faber Children’s have created a brilliant...

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21 Feb 2018

Marvel Avengers The Greatest Heroes - activity pack and competition

DK are celebrating their first World Book Day title by offering libraries a wonderful Marvel Super Hero themed pack with activities for children aged 3 to 10 years old. Focusing on DK’s World Book Day title, Marvel Avengers The Greatest Heroes, it also includes backlist titles such as Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know and Marvel Avengers The Ultimate Character Guide. These packs are ideal to be used on World Book Day (1 March) onwards! The Reading Agency and DK would love to see...

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14 Feb 2018

Romance reads without the cheese

If you think books with a love story at their heart are full of soppy characters and unrealistic swooning, think again. This quirky selection is full of real relationships and funny takes on love and sex. Download the full list and find out more about the books by clicking the link below.

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13 Feb 2018

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness - A Chaos Walking book trailer

Walker have a special anniversary edition, with a striking new cover design, to celebrate 10 years of the Chaos Walking trilogy. Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Then Todd Hewitt unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. And now he’s going to have to run… This new edition marks the 10th anniversary of the award-winning modern classic,...

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08 Feb 2018

Fantastically Great Women activity pack by Kate Pankhurst

Fantastically Great Women activity pack: celebrate 100 years of votes for women The Fantastically Great Women books by Kate Pankhurst celebrate some of the world’s most brilliant women, from Rosa Parks to Jane Austen, Ada Lovelace to Pocahontas. Each book shares fascinating facts through highly-visual illustrated spreads, and is ideal to get children learning about inspirational women, as well as how they might change the world. Bloomsbury have created a fantastic activity pack based around...

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02 Feb 2018

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury - A3 digital poster

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Celebrating 10 years of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Walker Books have provided this digital version of the Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes anniversary poster.

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02 Feb 2018

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury - A special Storytime kit

Celebrating 10 years of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes All over the world, babies are different. Yet in some ways they are very much the same: each one has ten little fingers and ten little toes – to play with, to tickle, to wave. And each child is very, very special to its parents… For over a decade Mem Fox’s Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, brought to life by Helen Oxenbury’s diverse cast of delicious babies, has been shared by parents and their little ones the world over. To...

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30 Jan 2018

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig - read a sample

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He...

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30 Jan 2018

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - discussion questions

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while...

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30 Jan 2018

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - read a sample

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while...

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19 Jan 2018

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury - A Book Trailer

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Celebrating 10 years of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes All over the world, babies are different. Yet in some ways they are very much the same: each one has ten little fingers and ten little toes – to play with, to tickle, to wave. And each child is very, very special to its parents… For over a decade Mem Fox’s Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, brought to life by Helen Oxenbury’s diverse cast of delicious babies, has been shared by parents...

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12 Jan 2018

Artemis by Andy Weir - read the first chapter

Life in the lunar city of Artemis is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz is offered a score too lucrative to turn down – if she can plan the perfect crime – and survive it… And in a city on the moon, there’s only one rule for criminals: don’t get caught. Read an exclusive...

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02 Jan 2018

A splash of colour for a grey day

In January we put together a list of our favourite colourful books to brighten up a dull, grey day.

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16 Dec 2017

Science fiction novels from the last twenty years

To celebrate 100 years of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, we chose a selection of science fiction novels from the last two decades of the award.

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12 Dec 2017

Seven Days of Us - read the first chapter

It’s Christmas, and the Birch family are coming together at their second home in Norfolk. Emma and Andrew’s daughter, Olivia, is back for the first time in years, and while Emma is elated, her younger, more frivolous daughter Phoebe is braced for inevitable clashes. But aid worker Olivia is only home because she has nowhere else to go. Having recently returned from Africa, where she’s been treating a life-threatening virus, she has been instructed to stay in quarantine for a week, and so,...

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08 Dec 2017

Books of the Year 2017

2017 was another fantastic year for books. We’ve picked out some of our top choices that were published over the year.

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02 Dec 2017

Debuts of 2017

There were some brilliant authors publishing their first books in 2017, and we’ve chosen our favourites for you to discover.

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22 Nov 2017

How to Organise a Read Aloud Party

A Read Aloud party is a fantastic alternative to a book group and is perfect for friends or a group of people new to each other. You might want to organise one in your library or promote it to members of your bookgroup

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07 Nov 2017

STEM Non-Fiction

To celebrate Non-Fiction November we chose the best of narrative non-fiction with a focus on science, health and technology. These are fascinating books about the world and everything in it, and will give you and your reading group a new perspective on life. Our booklist has been inspired by our work with the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize.

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01 Nov 2017

Chatterbooks Activity Pack - Fact and Information

This Chatterbooks activity pack gives you a treasure chest of wonderful non-fiction titles, plus lots of ideas for activities and discussion with your Chatterbooks groups. Enjoy these bright and vibrant books, full of fascinating information – and celebrate this year’s National Non-Fiction November (NNFN)!

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30 Oct 2017

The Alphabet of Heart's Desire Podcast

A podcast in which the author gives a fascinating insight into the story behind this new historical novel. A VISITOR CALLS WITH A GIFT AND A MESSAGE FROM THE PAST… In 1802 Thomas de Quincey, a young man from a comfortable middle-class background who would go on to become one of the most celebrated writers of his day, collapsed on Oxford Street and was discovered by a teenage prostitute who brought him back to her room and nursed him to health. It was the beginning of a relationship that...

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30 Oct 2017

I Want to be in a Scary Story by Sean Taylor - A book trailer

I want to be in a Scary Story The stellar duo behind Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise reunites to create a book that will have children (and their parents!) roaring with laughter once again. From the team behind the acclaimed Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise comes a very scary read-aloud story … or is it? Monster wants to be in a scary story – but is he brave enough? Scary stories have creepy witches and creaky stairs and dark hallways and spooky shadows… Oh my goodness me! That is very scary. Maybe,...

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23 Oct 2017

Willy Vlautin, Don’t Skip Out on Me Discussion Points

Exploring the fringes of contemporary America, Don’t Skip Out on Me is an extraordinary work of compassion – a novel about the need for human connection and understanding – and essential reading, now more than ever. Here are some discussion points.

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