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Read & Respond

Overview

Get the most out of best-loved children’s books with this bestselling series – the perfect way to explore favourite stories in your classroom. A wealth of inspiring activities, discussion ideas and guided reading sessions based on books that children love to read and teachers love to teach.

  • Build a whole-school literacy programme based on timeless children’s books
  • Foster reading for pleasure with inspiring stories by major authors
  • Boost guided reading in every year group with detailed sessions and notes
  • Save time with ready-to-use lesson plans, activities and digital resources
  • Implement Read & Respond across your school with handy planning resources

Each Read & Respond teacher book helps you explore a classic or favourite story in your classroom, with dozens of teaching ideas and activities that boost reading, writing, speaking, listening and comprehension skills. There are also guided reading notes, writing projects and creative projects to have fun with.

Our Planning Guide provides a suggested teaching structure for Years 1-6, helping you use the series as a whole-school literacy programme.

There are also Guided Reading books for all primary age groups, each containing in-depth guided reading sessions based on six of the most popular books in the Read & Respond range.

Finally, you can also buy the original children’s books that form the basis for the series in multipacks of 6 or 30 copies – perfect for group reading.

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In this series

  • A Christmas Carol

    Read & Respond: A Christmas Carol

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  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Read & Respond: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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  • Aliens Love Underpants

    Read & Respond: Aliens Love Underpants

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  • Bill's New Frock

    Read & Respond: Bill's New Frock

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  • Bill's New Frock

    Read & Respond: Bill's New Frock

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  • Boy: Tales of Childhood

    Read & Respond: Boy: Tales of Childhood

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  • Burglar Bill

    Read & Respond: Burglar Bill

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  • Carrie's War

    Read & Respond: Carrie's War

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  • Carrie's War

    Read & Respond: Carrie's War

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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Read & Respond: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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  • Charlotte's Web

    Read & Respond: Charlotte's Web

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  • Danny the Champion of the World

    Read & Respond: Danny the Champion of the World

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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    Read & Respond: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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  • Fantastic Mr Fox

    Read & Respond: Fantastic Mr Fox

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  • George's Marvellous Medicine

    Read & Respond: George's Marvellous Medicine

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  • Goodnight Mister Tom

    Read & Respond: Goodnight Mister Tom

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  • Greek Myths

    Read & Respond: Greek Myths

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  • Greek Myths

    Read & Respond: Greek Myths

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  • Guided Reading (Ages 5-6)

    Read & Respond: Guided Reading (Ages 5-6)

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  • Guided Reading (Ages 6-7)

    Read & Respond: Guided Reading (Ages 6-7)

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  • Guided Reading (Ages 7-8)

    Read & Respond: Guided Reading (Ages 7-8)

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  • Guided Reading (Ages 8-9)

    Read & Respond: Guided Reading (Ages 8-9)

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  • Guided Reading (Ages 9-10)

    Read & Respond: Guided Reading (Ages 9-10)

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  • Guided Reading (Ages 10-11)

    Read & Respond: Guided Reading (Ages 10-11)

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  • Handa's Surprise

    Read & Respond: Handa's Surprise

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  • Hetty Feather

    Read & Respond: Hetty Feather

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  • Holes

    Read & Respond: Holes

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  • How to Train Your Dragon

    Read & Respond: How to Train Your Dragon

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  • How to Train Your Dragon

    Read & Respond: How to Train Your Dragon

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  • Jasper's Beanstalk

    Read & Respond: Jasper's Beanstalk

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  • Journey to the River Sea

    Read & Respond: Journey to the River Sea

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  • Journey to the River Sea

    Read & Respond: Journey to the River Sea

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  • Kensuke's Kingdom

    Read & Respond: Kensuke's Kingdom

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  • Millions

    Read & Respond: Millions

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  • Oliver's Vegetables

    Read & Respond: Oliver's Vegetables

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  • One Dog and His Boy

    Read & Respond: One Dog and His Boy

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  • Owl Babies

    Read & Respond: Owl Babies

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  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

    Read & Respond: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

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  • Planning Guide

    Read & Respond: Planning Guide

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  • Please Mrs Butler

    Read & Respond: Please Mrs Butler

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  • Revolting Rhymes

    Read & Respond: Revolting Rhymes

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  • Room on the Broom

    Read & Respond: Room on the Broom

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  • Room on the Broom

    Read & Respond: Room on the Broom

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  • Read & Respond School Starter Pack: Key Stage 1 (16 items)

    Read & Respond School Starter Pack: Key Stage 1 (16 items)

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  • Read & Respond School Starter Pack: Lower Key Stage 2 (16 items)

    Read & Respond School Starter Pack: Lower Key Stage 2 (16 items)

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  • Read & Respond School Starter Pack: Upper Key Stage 2 (16 items)

    Read & Respond School Starter Pack: Upper Key Stage 2 (16 items)

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  • Read & Respond School Starter Pack: Whole School (43 items)

    Read & Respond School Starter Pack: Whole School (43 items)

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  • Stick Man

    Read & Respond: Stick Man

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  • Stig of the Dump

    Read & Respond: Stig of the Dump

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  • Stormbreaker

    Read & Respond: Stormbreaker

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  • Superworm

    Read & Respond: Superworm

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  • The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

    Read & Respond: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

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  • The BFG

    Read & Respond: The BFG

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  • The BFG

    Read & Respond: The BFG

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  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

    Read & Respond: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

    Read & Respond: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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  • The Diary of a Killer Cat

    Read & Respond: The Diary of a Killer Cat

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  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

    Read & Respond: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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  • The Highwayman

    Read & Respond: The Highwayman

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  • The Iron Man

    Read & Respond: The Iron Man

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  • The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

    Read & Respond: The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

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  • The Magic Finger

    Read & Respond: The Magic Finger

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  • The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

    Read & Respond: The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

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  • The Rainbow Fish

    Read & Respond: The Rainbow Fish

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  • There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

    Read & Respond: There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

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  • The Snail and the Whale

    Read & Respond: The Snail and the Whale

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  • The Twits

    Read & Respond: The Twits

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  • The Wreck of the Zanzibar

    Read & Respond: The Wreck of the Zanzibar

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  • Tom's Midnight Garden

    Read & Respond: Tom's Midnight Garden

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  • Tyrannosaurus Drip

    Read & Respond: Tyrannosaurus Drip

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  • Varjak Paw

    Read & Respond: Varjak Paw

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  • War Horse

    Read & Respond: War Horse

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  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    Read & Respond: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

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  • Why the Whales Came

    Read & Respond: Why the Whales Came

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  • Winnie the Witch

    Read & Respond: Winnie the Witch

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  • Zog

    Read & Respond: Zog

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Authors

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.

Pam Dowson

Pam Dowson is a retired primary school teacher and PGCE tutor in Primary English. Pam is currently an independent literacy consultant who now writes.

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.

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.

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 Lecturer in Initial Teacher Training and a writer specialising in literacy. She is also co-founder of Reading Fairy.

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.