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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

In this series

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jasper's Beanstalk

    Read & Respond: Jasper's Beanstalk

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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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  • Room on the Broom

    Read & Respond: Room on the Broom

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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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  • 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 Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

    Read & Respond: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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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 Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

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

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  • The Twits

    Read & Respond: The Twits

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  • The Twits

    Read & Respond: The Twits

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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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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

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.

Eileen Jones

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

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).

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’.

Free stuff

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