On a sunny day in March library staff from across 13 Scottish authorities got together for our Chatterbooks training day held at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.
As part of the training they worked on their plans for new Chatterbooks groups, aiming to reach a range of target audiences including: boys, looked-after children, English as a second language groups, non-library users, children with additional learning needs and confident readers who lack confidence talking in groups.
They focussed particularly on schools as key partners, and came up with a great list of activity ideas which would help in achieving the desired outcomes for their groups.
Here are some of the ideas they came up with. If you've got any tips and ideas you would like to share to encourage children's engagement with reading, books and libraries, do post them in the comments section.
Helping chldren become confident readers
- Include children in stock selection for the library
- Writing reading recommendations/reading trees
- Acting out a story or an episode from a book
- Reading a bit from favourite books or describing it and saying one thing they liked about it
- Choose a theme to link up with a museum - using Horrible Histories for example
- Lucky dip session - or 'try a new book/new author' day
- Design a book cover
- Children swap favourite books and feedback to each other whether they like them.
- Draw and write your own comics
- Re-write the story or change the ending
- Book Tweets: synopsis in 140 characters or less
Getting children involved
- Shadowing Award and Prize shortlisted books and voting with peer support
- Suggesting books for sessions
- Decorating the library space or the book trolley
- Bringing a friend to join the library
Got reading groups tips you'd like to share? Do post them below.
Like to find a reading group to join? Go to Reading Groups for Everyone to find a local group to join.
Interested in reading groups for children? Find out more about our Chatterbooks clubs.
Part of a reading group? Do get in touch as we'd love to hear from you.