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26 November 2021

The History of the World in 100 Animals by Simon Barnes Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon - digital and photo poster

In December 2021, Simon & Schuster is publishing this beautifully illustrated children’s book which explores the fascinating relationship between humans and animals: from bees who pollinate our food to chimpanzees who share more than 90% of our DNA. It is...

25 November 2021

The Reading Agency's Books of the Year! Children & Young People

At The Reading Agency, we have read a lot of brilliant books over the past year; books that have made us laugh, cry and get through those challenging lockdown months. Members of our team have picked the children’s book that...

25 November 2021

The Reading Agency's Books of the Year! Adult

At The Reading Agency, we have read a lot of brilliant books over the past year; books that have made us laugh, cry and get through those challenging lockdown months. Members of our team have picked the book that stood...

24 November 2021

Extract of Still Life by Sarah Winman

Still Life by Sarah Winman is one of the novels featured on series 3 of BBC Two’s Between the Covers. Read an exclusive extract of the novel here. Find out about Between the Covers.

23 November 2021

Reading Friends resource pack: The Imperfect Art of Caring

This free resource pack for The Imperfect Art of Caring by Jessica Ryn has been designed for Reading Friends projects. It contains an extract from the book and discussion questions intended to support conversations and reflections on personal experiences...

17 November 2021

Bunny vs Monkey by Jamie Smart – digital resources and author video

Don’t miss the new in-demand kids series! The first three books in Jamie Smart’s Bunny vs Monkey series have sold over 150,000 copies yet so many children are yet to discover him. Heralded as the UK’s Dav Pilkey, Smart’s full colour...

17 November 2021

The Night the Moon Went Missing by Brendan Kearney - digital pack

DK are over the moon that The Night the Moon Went Missing has been selected as the Children’s Indie Book of the Month for November and we want to celebrate this with libraries and schools across the UK. Meet Moon and...

17 November 2021

The Night the Moon Went Missing by Brendan Kearney - author video

DK are over the moon that The Night the Moon Went Missing has been selected as the Children’s Indie Book of the Month for November and we want to celebrate this with libraries and schools across the UK. Meet Moon and...

17 November 2021

Fireborn by Aisling Fowler - Teaching Resources

Set in the snowy northern forests of an imagined prehistoric world, Fireborn is the middle-grade debut of the decade. At turns exciting, funny and heart wrenchingly sad, it marks the introduction of an unstoppable new voice in children’s storytelling. Twelve has...

17 November 2021

Genie and Teeny: Wishful Thinking by Steven Lenton - digital pack

The second in a series of magical adventures from the renowned illustrator, Steven Lenton, winner of Waterstones Picture Book of the Month and the Times Children’s Book of the Week. Grant the Genie is happy living in the real world in...

11 November 2021

The Prince of the Skies A3 Poster

From the bestselling author of The Librarian of Auschwitz, Antonio Iturbe, comes a captivating historical novel based on a true story – the extraordinary life and mysterious death of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. Here is a...

11 November 2021

The Prince of the Skies Reading Group Questions

From the bestselling author of The Librarian of Auschwitz, Antonio Iturbe, comes a captivating historical novel based on a true story – the extraordinary life and mysterious death of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. Here are some downloadable...

09 November 2021

Latest opportunities from our publisher partners for schools and libraries - free author visit, sets of books and POS packs!

If you have a reading group with children or work in a school or library – we have some fantastic opportunities for you! We have a free, virtual author visit available to pitch for. There is a Read and Review...

04 November 2021

Booker Prize 2021 shortlist reading groups

If you’re reading any of the Booker Prize 2021 shortlisted titles, these reading guides will help to spark discussion and get you thinking.

02 November 2021

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie - Book Club Kit

Oneworld have created a Book Club Kit for His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie. His Only Wife is a captivating debut and a Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick! ‘Vivid, witty and utterly absorbing.’ Daily Mail In one of the most...

01 November 2021

The Burpee Bears by Joe Wicks and Paul Howard - digital pack

Meet the Burpee Bears in this glorious picture book created by “the Nation’s Favourite PE Teacher”, Joe Wicks! For this bear family, every day is a new day: a day for adventure and discovery, and true to Joe’s ethos, each book...

01 November 2021

The Tiger Warrior series by M. Chan - digital pack and author video

Tiger Warrior: Attack of the Dragon King Heart of a tiger, strength of a dragon, body of a… schoolboy? When Jack’s grandpa gives him a magical jade coin, he finds himself caught in an ancient battle between good and evil. For he...

01 November 2021

Clementine Florentine by Tasha Harrison - activity pack

Clementine Florentine is an illustrated comedy for 8-12 year olds with a strong female protagonist who has a talent for poetry and a passion for Custard Creams. In an ingenious reverse ‘Parent Trap’, Clementine and her school nemesis Callum, have to...

29 October 2021

Mr. Men Little Miss and Winnie-the-Pooh - digital pack

Join in on Farshore’s unmissable anniversary celebrations for two of the best loved and most celebrated children’s brands, marking 50 years of the Mr. Men Little Miss and 95 years of Winnie-the-Pooh. Help celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh’s anniversary with Winnie-the-Pooh: Once There Was...

27 October 2021

Anisha, Accidental Detective: Show Stoppers by Serena Patel - Diwali Gift box activity

Anisha Accidental Detective is back with her latest HILARIOUS detective case. It’s nearly Diwali, and Anisha’s whole family are causing even more chaos than usual. And to add to the stress, her class only have one week to put on...

26 October 2021

The Chime Seekers by Ross Montgomery - digital resources (Teachers' Notes and Discussion Guide)

Step into a world of faerie tricks and hidden danger… When an evil faerie steals Yanni’s baby sister and swaps her for a Changeling, Yanni is swept into a dangerous race against time to get her back. For faeries delight in tricks...

25 October 2021

The Boy With Wings by Lenny Henry and Kennon Ferrell - Digital Resources (including comic activity)!

Let Your Imagination Fly: The Boy With Wings Macmillan Children’s Books are excited to introduce The Boy With Wings, the new children’s book by comedy legend, Lenny Henry for readers of 9 to 12. Illustrated throughout by Keenon Ferrell, it includes...

22 October 2021

The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling and Jim Field - digital activity pack

One boy and his toy are about to change everything… Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve, something terrible happens – DP is lost. But Christmas...

21 October 2021

November Booklist for Adults: Noteworthy Non-fiction

From the interviews with famous people about love in all its forms, to the experiences of a GP during the Covid pandemic, to the history of The Beatles, our list of noteworthy non-fiction has something for everyone.

21 October 2021

November Booklist for Children & Young People - Noteworthy Non-fiction

National Non-fiction November is the month to celebrate factual children’s books, from shocking science to incredible histories. Discover a range of titles for early readers through to young adults and encourage them to open a book and their minds!

19 October 2021

A History of the World in 25 Cities – digital activity pack and competition!

From the walled city of ancient Jericho to the modern-day metropolis of Tokyo, explore the world with this stunningly illustrated book of extraordinary city maps! Co-authored by award-winning children’s authors Tracey Turner and Andrew Donkin in consultation with specialist curators at...

19 October 2021

Reading Friends Impact Statistics

Use these impact highlights alongside the Case for Support to develop funding applications and engage key stakeholders.

19 October 2021

What Works Well

This resource includes ideas and tips on what types of activities and reading materials have worked well in Reading Friends sessions. Please let us know at readingfriends@readingagency.org.uk if anything else has worked well for you.

19 October 2021

RISE by Maliha Abidi: competition resources

This pack contains an PDF sampler of the book RISE by Maliha Abidi and a promotional poster for a competition inspired by the book. RISE celebrates the inspirational stories of 100 remarkable women of colour. From the entrepreneur with a homemade...

18 October 2021

Reading Friends Evaluation Guidance

Overview of approach and guidance for participation monitoring, surveys and feedback tools.