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14 April 2016

After the End Hack

A hack for photography lovers. Take a picture that suggests the apocalypse has just ended. Your challenge: Include a book in the photo!

14 April 2016

Your Dystopia Hack

This creative hack is about imagining your own dystopia. What does it look like? Why and how is it different to our own world? What are the struggles and dangers for its people?

13 April 2016

Hacked Worlds hack

This hack is about Dystopian worlds. Hack a character from one dystopia into another dystopia. Write a short script about what happens next.

13 April 2016

Dystopian Covers Hack

A short fun hack that is a twist on the saying ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ Choose a book cover which you haven’t read. Decide what the dystopia might be based on the cover.

12 April 2016

Thrills, adventures, spies and detectives! Chatterbooks activity pack

Following up on our original Spies and Thrillers Chatterbooks activity pack here is another pack on the same theme, with more great reading, discussion and activity ideas. This pack is geared more to the older children in your group; it...

12 April 2016

Peter Jay Black video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Peter J Black talks Counterstrike, the thrilling fourth installment in his Urban Outlaws series.

12 April 2016

Format availability - Reading Well for young people

A list of titles on the Reading Well for young people and which formats they are available in.

12 April 2016

Shelf Help animation - Reading Well for young people

Reading Well for young people Shelf Help animation GIF. Perfect to use on social media.

12 April 2016

Jacket image composite - Reading Well for young people book

A composite image of the 35 titles on the Reading Well for young people book list. This resource can be used for social media.

12 April 2016

Image bank - Reading Well Books for young people

A collection of photos that can be used on local library, health and school websites to promote the Reading Well for young people scheme.

12 April 2016

Overview of the books - Reading Well for young people

A detailed overview of the titles on the Reading Well for young people list, including background information, formats, publisher details and publication dates.

12 April 2016

Book list - Reading Well for young people

A list of the 35 Reading Well for young people titles.

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...

16 March 2016

What's So Special About Shakespeare? video

At this very moment, someone, somewhere in the world, is reading Shakespeare. And, even though he died 400 years ago, someone else is writing about him, or acting in one of his plays. Here, Michael Rosen shares just some of...

16 March 2016

Five everyday phrases from Shakespeare video

Michael Rosen, author of What’s So Special About Shakespeare? (Walker Books), shares his top 5 everyday phrases that come from Shakespeare’s plays!

16 March 2016

Top 10 Shakespearean Insults video

Discover Michael Rosen’s favourite Shakespearean insults, from “cream-faced loon” to “Banbury cheese”! You can find out all about these and more in Michael Rosen’s What’s So Special About Shakespeare? (Walker Books)

10 March 2016

The Darkening Path teacher notes

These notes for The Darkening Path series by Philip Womack, are filled with ideas for discussion and activities, feature themes from the book and offer suggestions for further reading for your Chatterbooks group.

10 March 2016

Impossible! teacher notes

These notes, with ideas for discussion and activities, cover themes from Impossible!, including relationships between the characters, and aspects of life and theatre at the end of the 1950s, with comparisons to today.

08 March 2016

Frank Einstein and The Terrible Two Chatterbooks pack

Here are two series for children aged eight and upwards – books full of fun and facts, inspired pranking, and inspirational inventiveness! The Frank Einstein series is all about Frank, a kid-genius scientist, his wacky robots, and his amazing creations –...

08 March 2016

Jon Scieszka video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Jon Scieszka talks about his Frank Einstein series

19 February 2016

Raymie Nightingale video trailer

Watch the trailer for the latest novel by Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale (Walker Books)

12 February 2016

Shakespeare Chatterbooks activity pack

Hark! Here is a special Chatterbooks activity pack for Shakespeare Week 2016, with details of books for young people about Shakespeare, and retellings of his plays, plus ideas for discussion and fun activities.

12 February 2016

World Book Day 2016 Chatterbooks activity pack

To help you celebrate World Book Day 2016, here’s our World Book Day Chatterbooks activity pack. It includes tips for running Chatterbooks reading clubs, and ideas for a special World Book Day session. There are loads of activities you can...

06 January 2016

Knightley & Son Chatterbooks video trailer competition

Bloomsbury are launching a fun new competition for Chatterbooks groups in celebration of the latest book in their Knightley & Son adventure mystery series, 3 of a Kind. Does your group like reading and reviewing books? Are your Chatterbooks group...

17 December 2015

Public Library & Other Stories by Ali Smith - Competition Image for Facebook

Public Library & Other Stories Competition Image for Facebook In the run up to National Libraries Day, and to celebrate the publication of Public Library and Other Stories by the great and talented Ali Smith, Penguin and The Reading Agency invite...

12 October 2015

Spine-tinglers Chatterbooks activity pack

In this Chatterbooks activity pack there are lots of different books with stories that are scary, absorbing, funny, or fantastic – all of them with something special. Perfect for Halloween.

12 October 2015

Middle School Chatterbooks activity pack

Here’s a Chatterbooks pack about the great series of Middle School books – all about the ups and (quite a few) downs in the life of Rafe Khatchadorian. Read all about Rafe’s rollercoaster life as he tackles the challenges of...

04 June 2015

Lottery Boy reading guide

Find out about Lottery Boy and it’s author Michael Byrne in this great reading guide. Includes discussion topics and questions from the author.

01 June 2015

The Great Outdoors Chatterbooks activity pack

The themes in The Great Outdoors Chatterbooks activity pack include outdoor activities and adventures: gardening, camping, hiking, sport, picnics; nature and wildlife; exploring new places and environments; enjoying, sharing and making the most of the world we live in. Something...