03 March 2020
The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott - discussion guide and author video
If everything was taken from you, what would you do to get it back? Agatha patrols the sea wall with pride, despite those in her clan who question her right to be there, because of the condition she was born with. Jaime...
21 January 2020
The Monster Writing (A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness) - guide
Walker Books have an exciting creative writing challenge called THE MONSTER CHALLENGE. ‘Stories are important. Stories can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.’ Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls Are you a young person with a passion for telling...
19 September 2019
Plastic Sucks! You Can Make A Difference - Plastic Sucks Day Guide
How can YOU help save our planet? This awesome and inspiring guide, written by McFly bassist and environmental activist Dougie Poynter, will show you how to get involved in the mission to cut out single-use plastic. Plastic is everywhere and it...
18 September 2019
Beverley, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo - Teacher's Notes
Revisiting once again the world of Raymie Nightingale, two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo turns her focus to the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly. _Beverly put her foot down on the gas. They went faster still. This was what Beverly wanted — what she...
01 April 2018
The Wonderling by Mira Bartók - Discussion guide
The Wonderling In this extraordinary debut novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartók tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks...
29 January 2018
Fundraising for Young People's Projects
This guide is full of ideas and advice for generating funds for one-off projects and events. It can be used by young people or library staff.
09 October 2017
The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero - Teachers' guide
The Dollmaker of Krakow A timeless fantasy set in the Second World War that weaves together magic, folklore and history, perfect for fans of The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goodnight Mister Tom. One night a little...
29 March 2017
Raising Staff Awareness
Materials and advice to help you raise awareness of young volunteers and Reading Hack in your authority. This pack includes: the Reading Hack guide, staff leaflets and posters, tips for sharing young people’s work with staff and key stakeholders
20 February 2017
World Book Day 2017 Toolkit
Are you wondering how you can support World Book Day 2017? This Toolkit has been designed so that authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians and booksellers can join in with #WorldBookDay20. There are loads of ideas, such as how you could use social...
03 November 2016
The latest Chatterbooks Newsletter. This November newsletter celebrates National Non-Fiction November.
31 October 2016
Get to know the Dewey Decimal Classification system
A brief PowerPoint slide show to help you understand how the Dewey Decimal Classification system works in your library
07 July 2016
You can find out the latest about Chatterbooks by taking a look at our August newsletter.
11 May 2016
Chatterbooks in Primary School Settings - Report
A report from Coventry University’s Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement who evaluated Chatterbooks in 15 primary schools in the West Midlands, in a project funded by The Mercers’ Charitable Foundation in 2014/2015.
03 May 2016
Reading Hack projects fund
We are pleased to tell you about a local projects fund for Reading Hack in 16/17. This will support Reading Hackers in running local projects which inspire their peers to take part in creative and cultural reading and writing activity...
21 April 2016
Novel Soundtracks Hack
Create a playlist for a read (it could be a play, novel or poem) which captures its atmosphere and story.
21 April 2016
Escaped Story Stop-motion Hack
Make a story escape from the pages with Instagram
19 April 2016
Setting up a group of young planners
One of the most effective ways of engaging with young people is to set up a young person’s planning group. This gives them the chance to take on planning roles to guide creative programming and get others involved. The group...
14 April 2016
Introductory PowerPoint - Reading Well for young people
PowerPoint presentation on general information regarding Reading Well for young people. Can be used as a template to present the scheme locally.
31 March 2016
Launch Night Hack Project
A Reading Hack Launch Night can serve as both a celebration of your group and activity as well as a way to promote Reading Hack and encourage more young people to get involved. Get young people planning a launch night...
31 March 2016
Shakespeare Hack Project
Shakespeare has been hailed as the UK’s greatest cultural export, and the foremost reason why people are proud to be British.Yet many British children encounter Shakespeare only in their teens as a mandatory subject studied for exams. Many grow up...