Reading for pleasure is more important to children's cognitive development than their parents' level of education and is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background.1 Chatterbooks reading clubs help children build a lifelong reading habit. Because everything changes when we read.
We've been coordinating Chatterbooks - the UK's largest network of children's reading groups - since 2001. We estimate that almost 10,000 children belong to Chatterbooks groups, which are run in libraries and schools to encourage reading enjoyment. The groups are run by librarians, teachers, teaching assistants, or volunteers - anyone with a passion for reading. Chatterbooks is a flexible model that can be used with children from 4 up to 12, for all different abilities and in targeted or mixed groups.
For all Chatterbooks resources, including a downloadable quick guide, the latest newsletter and all our Chatterbooks activity packs, go to chatterbooks.org.uk.
At each Chatterbooks session children talk about what they are reading, take part in fun activities inspired by the best children's books, and choose new books to take home and read. Because Chatterbooks is supported by our publisher partners and many children's authors and illustrators, clubs get access to publisher offers and competitions, with opportunities to find out how authors are inspired to create their work.
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"I've always been a total bookworm and practically lived in my local library when I was a child. I wish I'd been able to join a Chatterbooks reading group then. It would have been such fun to make new friends and discuss all our favourite books. Lots of members write to me and send me their stories and drawings and book reviews - they obviously love being part of a Chatterbooks group."
Reading for pleasure is more important to a child's educational achievement than their family's wealth or social class.
Reading for pleasure is more important to children’s successes than education or social class. The Summer Reading Challenge gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence during the long holidays while Chatterbooks reading groups help build a lifelong reading habit. Because everything changes when we read.