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Overview

Now fully in line with 2014 Curriculum objectives

Raise literacy and attainment through a deep and active reading of best-loved children’s stories from acclaimed authors. Read & Respond takes growing readers into the heart of over 70 timeless titles, chosen to inspire genuine delight.

Each teacher resource book focuses on a popular children’s story, bringing it alive in a cross-curricular way. Explore every facet of the story through speaking and listening activities, debate and discussion, guided reading, creative writing exercises, quizzes, games and craft ideas.

Read & Respond is an ideal alternative to scheme or extract-based reading, letting children discover the joy of reading whole stories and novels. It builds literacy and thinking skills that raise overall achievement, while inspiring a love of reading for pleasure: a key indicator of future success.

“Reading and writing for enjoyment are two of the most powerful ways of getting children reading. Read & Respond provides exactly this.” Michael Morpurgo

Each resource book includes:

  • Plot, character and setting activities
  • Speaking and listening activities
  • Guided and shared reading sessions
  • Extended writing projects
  • Cross-curricular links and creative exercises
  • Differentiation ideas and assessment guidance
  • Photocopiable activities

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In this series

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    Burglar Bill

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    Each Peach Pear Plum

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    The Mousehole Cat

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    The Snail and the Whale

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    Stick Man

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    Amazing Grace

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    Dear Greenpeace

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    Whatever Next!

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    The Rainbow Fish

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    Skellig

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    Flat Stanley

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    Matilda

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  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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    The Secret Garden

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  • The Worst Witch

    The Worst Witch

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  • The Railway Children

    The Railway Children

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  • The Highwayman

    The Highwayman

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  • Tom's Midnight Garden

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  • Holes

    Holes

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  • There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

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  • The Silver Sword

    The Silver Sword

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  • The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog

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  • The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

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  • Charlotte's Web

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  • Greek Myths

    Greek Myths

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  • Cliffhanger

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  • The Suitcase Kid

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Series structure

Read & Respond

To get started with Read & Respond all you need to do is:

  1. Choose a children’s book, from Owl Babies to Kensuke’s Kingdom, to study with your class
  2. Order the corresponding Read & Respond Teacher Resource Book
  3. Add a Read & Respond Interactive CD-ROM to really get your lessons buzzing!

Read & Respond Teacher Resource Titles

In-depth analysis of each book to get the whole class thinking about the story—and expressing their thoughts aloud and in writing. Within each Teacher Resource Book you’ll find:

  • Background information
  • Detailed chapter notes
  • Plot, character and setting activities
  • Shared reading section, with three extracts to read as a class
  • ‘Talk about it’ section to get the children discussing feelings and ideas around the book
  • ‘Get writing’ activities to help children structure and express their views about the book
  • Assessment activities*

Read & Respond Interactive

These multimedia CD-ROMs can be used as standalone products, or to expand upon the corresponding Read & Respond teacher’s book. Read & Respond Interactive is ideal for exploring cross-curricular themes and for inspiring reluctant readers.

Each CD-ROM contains:

  • Teaching notes, including lesson plans, differentiation, cross-curricular links and editable notes
  • An author interview or biography
  • Audio clips
  • Text extracts
  • Cross-curricular photos and video clips to help put the story into context
  • A word bank – linked to the text extracts – containing audio and text definitions
  • A selection of interactive whiteboard activities.

Children’s Books

We can supply each children’s title covered by the Read & Respond series as a pack of 6 or 30 books, or as a single purchase.

Case study

Eifron Watkinson from Addington School, Reading takes a look at Read & Respond Elmer for us.

Children were all interested in the suggested activities and were motivated by them. Group particularly enjoyed the dressing up activities where the teacher observed lots of descriptive language being used and organisational skills coming to the fore.

Excellent idea to include Show Your True Colours which linked very well to the SEAL work going on in school at present.

Teachers found the resource included a wide range of activities to cover most abilities within the class. Having Learning Objectives clearly shown was a time saving bonus too.

Work led onto performing a drama for other classes to watch that the children had written for themselves.

All the KS1 and Foundation Stage teachers were impressed by the resource which gave them new ideas based on a familiar book.

As co-ordinator I would buy this book for school as it was easy to use, provided motivating activities for staff and pupils and saved a lot of planning time.

Large colour laminated posters of the worksheets would be useful for group work.

Authors

Liz Broad

Liz Broad is a senior lecturer in higher education

Louise Carruthers

Louise Carruthers is the author of 50 Literacy Lessons for Less Able Learners. She has also contributed to ‘Activities for including children with behavioural difficulties’. She is an experienced primary teacher currently teaching in a school for children with moderate learning difficulties.

Sylvia Clements

Sylvia Clements is a classroom teacher.

Pam Dowson

Pam Dowson is a PGCE tutor in Primary English, and independent literacy consultant.

Jean Evans

Jean Evans is an early years consultant and nursery inspector. For many years she ran her own nursery school and she has also been head of an LEA nursery unit/Early Years co-ordinator. She is the author of Themes on Display: All About Me, Themes on Display Festivals, Skills for Early Years Constructing and Making, Skills for Early Years Social Skills and Early Years Around the Year Personal, Social and Emotional Development. She is a regular contributor to Early Years Activity Bank and Nursery Education magazine.

James Friel

James Friel has taught in the Japanese, Chinese and French education systems and is co-founder of Edit24 editorial services. Currently, he is a teacher in Alloa, Scotland.

Gill Friel

Gill Friel is currently a headteacher in Stirling. She has worked in teacher education and is the author of several literacy publications.

Nikki Gamble

Nikki Gamble is a visiting lecturer at the University of London, Institute of Education, a freelance writer and an education consultant. She is a former primary school teacher. She is Director of Write Away UK and runs the Write Away website www.writeaway.org.uk which promotes literature to children and teachers.

Elspeth Graham

Elspeth Graham is a freelance educational writer. She has written for many different publishers, including Longman, OUP and PCET.

Gillian Howell

Qualified as a teacher in 1971. 3 children, break from work to bring them up. Returned to teaching in 1985. Joined Educational Publishing 1991-2000. Reading and Language consultant for Heinemann, Ginn and Rigby 1997-2000. Freelance writer from 2000.

Eileen Jones

Eileen Jones is an experienced educational writer and literacy specialist . She has over 20 years’ teaching experience.

Chris Lutrario

Chris Lutrario is a former class teacher and advisory teacher. Since 1991 he has worked as a freelance author with credentials that include working for NLS, QCA and NFER. He has been published by Ginn and Collins.

Mal Peet

Mal Peet is a children’s author (Keeper; Walker Books) and a freelance educational writer and consultant.

Campbell Perry

Worked in primary education for many years from class teacher to head teacher. Worked as a freelance writer for the last four years, specialising in commissioned musical theatre for children and young people, artist in residence in shcools, Lecturer in Children’s theatre at University of Warwick. Has contributed articles, poems, stories and units of work to Scholastic.

Jillian Powell

Jillian Powell is experienced in teaching and in writing for all age ranges and key stages of the National Curriculum from Early years through Key Stage 4. She has written both fiction and non-fiction for reading schemes as well as the trade (eg Ginn, Heinemann, Longman, Watts). She is the author of Writing Guides: Adventure Stories (9-11).

Charlotte Raby

Charlotte Raby is a Primary Special Needs teacher and a writer specialising in literacy.

Huw Thomas

Huw Thomas is headteacher of a Sheffield primary school. He is the series editor of Scholastic Literacy Centres and Writing Guides. His previous publications include Writing Guides: Scary Stories 7-9 and Pocket Guides: Understanding Texts.

Rob Walton

BA (Hons)Creative Arts. Worked in children’s theatre, stand-up comedy, street theatre, running drama workshops etc. PGCE followed by 8 years teaching in both KS1 and KS2. Subject Leader for PSHCE and Pastoral Care at inner city primary school in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Co-authored ‘Ready to Go: Citizenship KS1’ and ‘Ready to Go: Citizenship KS2’for Scholastic. Author of numerous articles about thinking skills, PSHCE etc for both Junior Education and Junior Focus. Currently studying for MA in creative writing at Newcastle University.

Celia Warren

Celia Warren wears two hats: on the one hand she is a published children’s poet, and on the other she is an experienced teacher and writer of teaching material for children. She writes regularly for ‘Child Education’ and she was Series Editor for ‘Writing Workshops: Poetry KS1’.

Christian Birmingham

Christian Birmingham needs little introduction. The Guardian described him as ‘A modern-day Degas’ and he has been nominated for three prestigious UK illustration awards: the Mother Goose; the Kurt Maschler and the Kate Greenaway. He is particularly admired for his interpretation of the classics – most recently Scholastic’s The Classic Tales of Hans Christian Andersen was described by Publishing News as ‘A very special book . . . with the wonderful vision of a renowned illustrator.’ He lives in London.

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Jill Murphy

Jill Murphy was born in London in 1949. From a very early age she was drawing and writing stories. “My earliest memory (my mum tells me I was two), is sitting on the kitchen floor surrounded by sheets of drawings.” By the age of six she was stapling her own little storybooks together.

Jill went to a strict convent, and left at sixteen to attend both Chelsea and Croydon art schools. At only eighteen she finished her first novel, The Worst Witch, which was based heavily on her own experiences at the convent school. Three big London publishers turned it down so Jill put it in a drawer and went off to work in a children’s home and as a nanny.

When Jill was twenty four, The Worst Witch was finally published, and was an instant best-seller. Jill became a freelance author and illustrator and many more wonderful books followed. Mildred Hubble has gone on to several more adventures, most recently The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star, and even her own TV show. The Large Family stories are Jill’s other best known stories, picture books telling of the domestic chaos of a family of elephants.

She now lives in Cornwall with her son Charlie.

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Axel Scheffler

Axel Scheffler was born in 1957 in Hamburg, Germany. At school, although always good at art, he never really considered a career in illustration. But long before he began his professional life, he had won his first drawing prize for an international chocolate company – his prize was a cuddly lilac cow.

Axel went on from school to study History of Art at the University of Hamburg – but he didn’t like the course and decided to leave. Knowing that he wanted to live in another country and learn a second language, he moved to England to study illustration at the Bath Academy of Art.

After graduating with a first class degree, Axel moved to London where he began illustrating for a variety of English and German advertising companies, magazines and newspapers. He took his portfolio to a number of publishers and Faber commissioned him to illustrate The Piemakers by Helen Cresswell and The Bottle Rabbit by Bernard McCabe. In 1989, Walker asked Axel to illustrate a text by Jon Blake, You’re a Hero, Daley B.

A writer called Julia Donaldson was also writing songs for Playdays at this time and her song A Squash and a Squeeze was commissioned to be a picture book. Axel Scheffler was recommended as an illustrator for the text and an award-winning team was created.

Their next book, The Gruffalo, was published in March 1999 and has already become a modern classic, selling more than 2 million copies worldwide and translated into over 20 languages. Axel also continues to illustrate for other authors as well, including Ian Whybrow and David Henry Wilson.

Axel has achieved worldwide acclaim for his humorous illustrations, and his books have been translated into over 29 languages. He has enjoyed particular success in his award-winning picture book collaborations with Julia Donaldson, but is also the best-selling illustrator of novelty books such as The Bedtime Bear. In 2006 he was been called upon to design Gordon Brown’s annual Christmas card!

Still living in London, Axel makes frequent visits to continental Europe. His hobbies include walking, cooking and reading and beadwork.

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