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13 April 2017

Developing volunteering roles for young people

A guide to creating volunteer roles with young people, plus role descriptions to adapt for summer volunteers; year-round volunteers; older or more experienced volunteers and volunteers who can’t get to the library easily.

06 April 2017

'The Hate U Give' Discussion Questions

Reading guide and discussion questions for ‘The Hate U Give’, a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was...

03 April 2017

Faber Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Meet Squishy McFluff, Dave Pigeon & Woozy the Wizard, three fun characters from Faber. This pack gives descriptions and tasters from all the books, suggestions for more reading, plus discussion and activity ideas for your Chatterbooks reading groups.

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

13 March 2017

Shakespeare Week 2017 Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Here is a special Chatterbooks activity pack for Shakespeare Week 2017 with details of books for young people about Shakespeare, retellings of his plays, ideas for discussion and activities in your Chatterbooks reading group and suggestions for more reading. ...

09 March 2017

The Dark Days Club video trailer

Discover the world of The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman… Combining Jane Austen’s high society and Cassandra Clare’s supernatural underworld, Alison Goodman’s Lady Helen trilogy will delight fans of historical fiction and fantasy.

01 March 2017

World Book Day 2017 Chatterbooks Activity Pack

This year is very special. It is the 20th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 2nd March 2017 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. In this pack you’ll find lots of ideas for your...

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...

30 January 2017

Spies and Crime Busters - Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Following up on our previous ‘spies and detectives’ packs, here’s another collection of action adventures and detective stories, with thrills and twists – and often humour too! As well as lots of reading suggestions for your group you’ll find ideas on...

16 January 2017

Samantha Shannon Book Trailer Hack

Explore the supernatural underworld of The Bone Season series and create a book trailer. The Bone Season is a ground-breaking fantasy series that has been described as “part Hunger Games dystopia, part urban fantasy”. This pack is designed to help you...

12 January 2017

Stories from Around the World - Chatterbooks Activity Pack

In this pack are reading ideas for all ages: adventures, folk tales, stories in translation and non-fiction titles, which take you around the world introducing you to people and places, and their lives and experiences. There are also ideas for...

20 December 2016

A Monster Calls - discussion guide

Download these discussion questions for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

28 November 2016

Cosy Winter Reads - Chatterbooks Booklist

Check out these winter reads from our children’s publisher partners. There are books for all ages, plus discussion and activity ideas for your Chatterbooks group.

28 November 2016

Cosy Winter Reads - Chatterbooks Activity Pack

In this Chatterbooks activity pack you’ll find cosy, familiar, and magical stories to keep out the winter chill – and adventures in snow and ice bringing shivers and thrills and wonder. There are books for all ages, plus discussion and activity...

03 November 2016

Chatterbooks Newsletter

The latest Chatterbooks Newsletter. This November newsletter celebrates National Non-Fiction November.

02 November 2016

Pamela Butchart activity pack

This Chatterbooks activity pack celebrates eight hilarious books from author Pamela Butchart and publisher Nosy Crow. Meet Pugly, the pug with great ideas who is ready for (almost!) anything; and Peri (aka Petunia Perry), Cammy, their band the Spoons, and...

01 November 2016

Behind the scenes of 'Children Just Like Me'

In this behind the scenes video, non-fiction book designer Fiona and editor Sam explain how books get made at DK and share some special moments from the making of Children Just Like Me

01 November 2016

National Non-Fiction November - DK booklist

Enjoy these great titles from DK – part of National Non-Fiction November’s 100 Brilliant Non-Fiction Books for Children and Young People

01 November 2016

National Non-Fiction November poster

Celebrate National Non-Fiction November with this poster featuring 100 brilliant non-fiction titles for children and young people

31 October 2016

Wonderful Non-Fiction - Chatterbooks Activity Pack

This Chatterbooks activity pack gives you a treasure chest of wonderful non-fiction titles from our Children’s Reading Partners publisher partners, plus lots of ideas for activities and discussion with your Chatterbooks groups. Enjoy these bright and vibrant books, full of...

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

26 October 2016

Wonderful Non-Fiction - Chatterbooks Booklist

Enjoy this great selection of information books on all kinds of subjects.

19 September 2016

Chatterbooks Week Social Media Card

We’ve teamed up with Walker Books to create a social media card for Chatterbooks Week. Print out this card and share the book that made you a “Child of Books” on social media.

09 September 2016

Chatterbooks Week Activity Pack

This is a Chatterbooks Activity Pack to celebrate Chatterbooks Week which takes place from 1-8 October 2016. The theme of this pack is illustration and In this pack you’ll find lots of ideas for your group’s activities and discussion,

08 September 2016

Chatterbooks Week Book List

To celebrate Chatterbooks Week (1-8 Oct) here are some recent books from our Children’s Reading Partners publisher partners, showing a range of inspiring approaches to illustration – in picture books, and also in illustrated fiction and non-fiction.

07 September 2016

Child of Books Chatterbooks Pack

A Child of Books is a beautiful picture book by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston that celebrates a love of stories and exploring the imagination.This Chatterbooks activity pack brings you discussion and activity ideas for your reading groups, inspired by...

04 August 2016

Reading Hack Seminar Notes

Notes from Reading Hack seminars in York and London (June 2016), including advice for overcoming common challenges and feedback on how The Reading Agency can support Reading Hack libraries.

07 July 2016

Chatterbooks Newsletter

You can find out the latest about Chatterbooks by taking a look at our August newsletter.

07 July 2016

Reading Hack Volunteering Guide

An A4 introductory leaflet for volunteers about Reading Hack volunteering.

02 June 2016

Chatterbooks Activity Packs - List

Here are some of the most popular Chatterbooks activity packs, published over the past few years, with direct links for downloading.