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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...

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.

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...

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

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.

13 October 2021

The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman Session Ideas

This resource includes a Q&A with Julietta Henderson, author of “The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman” as well as discussion questions and an activity sheet that can be used to spark conversation in Reading Friends sessions.

06 October 2021

Ten Minutes to Bedtime series - activity pack

No.1 bestselling Ten Minutes to Bed series has been written specifically to help little ones settle down for bedtime. This bestselling bedtime series has sold one million copies worldwide! Follow the loveable characters as they go on adventures and have lots...

04 October 2021

The Wild Before by Piers Torday - digital pack and competition

Can one hare alone change the world? The captivating animal adventure destined to be loved by readers of all ages. One stormy, snowy night, a pure silver calf is born on an ordinary muddy farm by the light of the moon....

02 October 2021

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler - digital pack

Happy Birthday, Room on the Broom! We’re celebrating 20 years since the publication of the wonderful Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until...

30 September 2021

Rules for Vampires by Alex Foulkes and Sara Ogilvie - digital pack

Straighten your cape and sharpen your claws… being a vampire is harder than it looks! There are highs and lows to being a vampire. On one claw, you get cool powers like beastly strength and hypnotism and the ability to Grimwalk. On...

30 September 2021

Shadowghast by Thomas Taylor - Discussion Guide

A creepy magician with a shadowy act. A legend that goes back to the dawn of time. Eerie-on-Sea just got stranger. And darker… On the eve of Ghastly Night, a hypnotic stage magician, Caliastra, checks in to Eerie-on-Sea’s Grand Nautilus Hotel....

29 September 2021

Empress and Aniya writing competition for young people in Lewisham!

The Reading Agency and inclusive publisher Knights Of are asking young people aged 11 to 16 who live or go to school in the London Borough of Lewisham to tell us why their best friend is great. The winner will receive...

28 September 2021

Celebrate Halloween with Oxford Children’s Books - digital packs

Oxford Children’s Books have a spectacularly spooky pack on offer this Halloween featuring young superhero, Kitty – a girl with feline super powers, children’s favourites Winnie the Witch and her pet cat Wilbur and Isadora Moon and her naughty half...

24 September 2021

October, October by Katya Balen - digital resources

‘Quite simply one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read’ Kiran Millwood Hargrave October and her dad live in the woods. They know the trees and the rocks and the lake and stars like best friends. They live in the...

24 September 2021

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston – digital resources

Amari Peters knows three things. Her big brother Quinton has gone missing. No one will talk about it. His mysterious job holds a clue… So when she’s invited for a trial at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, Amari is certain this is her chance...

16 September 2021

100 Poets by John Carey Reading Group Questions

John Carey has compiled a short, uniquely valuable anthology of verse based on a simple principle: select the one hundred greatest poets from across the centuries, and then choose their very best poems. Here are some book club questions to...

15 September 2021

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Reading Group Questions

Readers questions for the award winning All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. WINNER OF THE 2015 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR FICTION A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about...

14 September 2021

Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave - Classroom resources

A captivating, powerful and luminous story from a bestselling, award-winning author about a mother, a daughter, and the great Greenland shark. With mesmerising black and yellow illustrations and presented as a deluxe hardback with tracing paper inserts, this is a...