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15 July 2022

The Reading Agency's September Booklist for Children and Young People - Back to School

For many children and young people, September marks the start of the new school year, a time that can be both exciting and daunting. We have created a booklist for all children, from nursey school age through to secondary students,...

15 July 2022

The Reading Agency's August Booklist for Children & Young People - Escape with a Book

As lots of people head off on their holidays, we selected books that can transport a reader somewhere else even if they’re not going away. From picking up plastic pollution on a Caribbean Island to rural Ireland to Memphis, we...

14 June 2022

'Where We Go From Here' Reading Notes

These reading notes will help lead your discussion about Lucas Rocha’s ‘Where We Go From Here’. You’ll find some example discussion questions as well as activities to dive deeper into the themes of the book. About the Book The first step forward...

01 June 2022

The Reading Agency's June Booklist for Children & Young People - Around the World/Refugee Week

This month we are celebrating books set in different countries and those by authors and illustrators from around the world! Read on to be transported to Mumbai, Paris, Nigeria and many other locations across the globe and discover Samurai, the...

19 March 2022

World Book Night 2022 general poster (PDF)

Print this poster and stick up on noticeboards, in windows and anywhere else you like to promote World Book Night

09 March 2022

'Fire Keeper's Daughter' Teaching Resources

Download Teaching Resources to use with Year 9+ classes, with lesson plans and activities to use with your class to explore the book and deepen their understanding. About the Book Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her...

01 March 2022

World Book Night 2022 empty-middle poster (PDF)

Use this poster to promote your World Book Night activities by adding your information in the middle.

23 February 2022

'The Dark Lady' Discussion Questions

Discussion questions to accompany Akala’s novel, ‘The Dark Lady’. A natural storyteller with a vision of his own, The Dark Lady, Akala’s debut novel for teens will enthuse and entertain teenagers and young adults, showing that reading is a true...

04 November 2021

Booker Prize 2021 shortlist reading group guides

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

01 October 2021

October 2021 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 86 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...

01 June 2021

Read with Pride - Summer of Reading List 2021 A3 poster

The second Paper & Hearts Society adventure. Join Olivia and The Paper & Hearts Society gang in this joyful comfort read and celebration of books from Booktuber Lucy Powrie. The perfect book for fans of Alice Oseman, Holly Smale and...

24 May 2021

The Yearbook by Holly Bourne - Teachers' Notes

Paige is used to staying quiet in the face of lies. Like how popular girl Grace is a such an amazing person (lie). How Laura steals people’s boyfriends (lie). How her own family are so perfect (lie). Now Grace and friends...

06 May 2021

Children and Young People's Booklist: Back in Time

May marks Local and Community History Month and we have curated a booklist that brings together all different strands of British history, with a few stories that look further afield too. There is a mix of fiction, non-fiction and poetry,...

04 February 2021

February 2021 Children's and Young People booklist - Express Yourself (Children's Mental Health Week)

Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is Express Yourself as expressing yourself is about finding ways to share...

18 December 2020

December 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Winter Wonderland

As we head into the grey and cold, we thought that we would share some great books set during the Winter or set in beautiful winter wonderlands. We have some classics, lovely illustrated stories and some thrilling page-turners. You can...

02 December 2020

December 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Books of the Year

It’s been another year of fantastic books and we’re delighted to present our Books of the Year list for 2020 for children and young people. Our staff have chosen their top recommendations of new books from the year. You can...

05 November 2020

November 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Non-fiction

For Non-Fiction November, we have created a list filled with the best non-fiction for children and young people. There are memoirs, essay collections and books with great advice. You can join in with the conversation online using #NonFictionBooklist and tagging us...

26 October 2020

The Reading Agency booklist for ESOL learners

This booklist has been compiled as part of the Reading Ahead with ESOL in prisons project funded by The Bell Foundation together with guidance provided by NATECLA. Originally created for use in prisons, these books are useful for anyone working...

07 October 2020

October 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Powerful Poetry

The fantastic National Poetry Day shines a spotlight on how much fun and important poetry is. We have created a booklist with some of our favourite rhyming picture books, poetry collections and books written in verse. You can join in with...

01 October 2020

Emergent Reader titles by Ransom

Ransom Publishing have a broad range of titles available to support emergent adult readers at various levels. Find out more in this leaflet and visit their website here: https://www.ransom.co.uk/catalogsearch/advanced

02 September 2020

September 2020 Children's and Young People booklist - Back to School Books

Starting back at school can be an anxious time for lots of children and young people, let alone after the Covid-19 lockdown. To help support this transition, we have created a booklist of stories where characters face issues that some...

28 August 2020

YA Booklist - Reading Hack Recommendations

If you’re a fan of YA lit or are looking for books to engage young people, check out our latest YA reading recommendations, all chosen by young adults. See what our reviewers thought of each title over on the Reading Hack...

05 August 2020

August 2020 - Comics, graphic novels and illustrated books booklists for children and young people

This month our booklist features comics, graphic novels and illustrated books that we think will draw children and young people into the story. We love comics, graphic novels and books that have beautiful illustrations, as well as being fun they...

23 July 2020

Beyond Words: Coping with Coronavirus Picture Stories

Free picture stories and illustrated guides to support people with learning disabilities and autism through the coronavirus pandemic. Take a look at the Beyond Words books for: Beating the Virus Mental health, end of life and bereavement Secure settings Here: https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/coping-with-coronavirus/#secure-settings

17 July 2020

July 2020 - The Great Outdoors booklist for children and young people

This month our booklist is about books that immerse a reader in an environment, where the setting plays an important part to the plot or shows the beauty of nature. We’ve picked some brilliant poetry, picture books, non-fiction and chapter...

04 June 2020

June 2020 - Pride booklist for children and young people

June is Pride Month, so it is the perfect time to share our favourite LGBTQ+ positive books for children and young people. These books highlight family dynamics and stories to help develop the values of acceptance and kindness towards themselves...

29 May 2020

Reading Ahead for prisons during Covid-19 toolkit

This toolkit contains ideas and resources for continuing with Reading Ahead in prison settings responding to the current lockdown during Covid-19. This is a working document and will be updated as more resources become available. Do get in touch if you...

20 May 2020

Reading Ahead during Covid-19 toolkit

This toolkit contains ideas and resources for continuing with Reading Ahead despite closures of public libraries, colleges and workplaces during Covid-19. This is a working document and will be updated as more resources become available. Do get in touch if you...

19 May 2020

This Is Going To Hurt: Diary Writing Challenge

This activity sheet has been designed for use alongside reading the Quick Reads version of Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt. It provides inspiration and a framework for starting a diary.

30 April 2020

The Reading Agency Hub

Here you can access The Reading Agency at home. You’ll find ideas, activities and challenges from across our programmes to entertain and educate yourself, your family or those you are teaching remotely. The activities will be refreshed every couple of weeks...