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Rock the Boat Children's Teaching Resources

If you're a teacher, parent, librarian, or just looking for some extra reading resources for children, check out our list below of free Rock the Boat teaching resources and activity sheets that can be downloaded and printed.

You can see the full list of Rock the Boat children's titles here.

For information about creating online book readings for Rock the Boat titles during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.

Montstrous Devices

Age 9+

When twelve-year-old Alex receives an old tin robot in the post, the note from his grandfather simply reads: ‘This one is special'.

But as strange events start occurring around him, it doesn't take Alex long to suspect that the small toy is more than special; it might also be deadly.

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The Playdate Adventures

Age 5-8

Join best friends Katy, Cassie and Zia on a series of amazing adventures as they work together to save the planet… 

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A Good Day for Climbing Trees

Age 8-12

Sometimes, in the blink of an eye, you do something that changes your life forever.

Like climbing a tree with a girl you don't know.

Marnus is tired of feeling invisible, living in the shadow of his two brothers.

But when a girl called Leila turns up on their doorstep one morning with a petition, it's the start of an unexpected adventure.

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Download Tree Identification Chart

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Islandborn

Age 5-8

When Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola.

She can't remember the Island - she left when she was just a baby.

But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories - joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening - Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island.

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Download Spot the Difference

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Talking to Alaska

Age 10-14

A powerful story of two unlikely friends brought together by the love of a dog.

It only takes one day at their new school for Parker and Sven to become mortal enemies.

Parker's had a terrible summer and just wants to be invisible, while Sven is desperate to make an impression and be known as anything other than "that boy with epilepsy".

When Parker discovers her beloved dog Alaska – who she had to give away last year – now belongs to Sven, she's determined to steal her back. Of course, that's easier said than done...

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How to Win a Nobel Prize

 Age 8-12

Mary has always wanted to win a Nobel Prize and loves running her own science experiments at home.

One day Mary stumbles on a secret meeting of Nobel Prize winners. Dr Barry Marshall agrees to travel with her through time to learn the secrets behind some of the most fascinating and important scientific discoveries.

They talk time and space with Albert Einstein, radiation with Marie Curie, DNA with Crick, Watson and Wilkins – and much more.

Filled with experiments to try at home and featuring famous Nobel prize-winners:

Albert Einstein • Marie Curie • Guglielmo Marconi Francis Crick, James Watson and Maurice Wilkins • Alexander Fleming • Tu Youyou • Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar • Gertrude Elion • Norman Borlaug • Rita Levi-Montalcini • Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa • Barry Marshall and Robin Warren

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