04 February 2019
February 2019 Children's booklist - letters, diaries and memoirs
Letters, Diaries and Memoirs This month we have loved picking our favourite picture and illustrated and middle grade books which are either written in letter or diary form or are memoirs. We have also selected six books for this theme perfect for...
02 November 2018
A Society of Readers - executive summary
A new report that we commissioned from leading independent think tank Demos lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the...
02 November 2018
A Society of Readers
A new report lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the full report and share your thoughts on Twitter and...
07 August 2018
A First Book of the Sea by By Nicola Davies - Teachers' notes
A stunning anthology that blends poetry and information about the sea, from an award-winning team. From Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton, the multi award-winning team behind Tiny and Lots, comes a spellbinding collection of poems about the oceans of the...
05 July 2018
Think Like an Engineer by Usborne - activity booklet
Think Like an Engineer activity booklet Usborne have created a fantastic activity pack to help inspire children with engineering. They can find out what it takes to be an awesome engineer in this free activity booklet, filled with problems to solve,...
05 July 2018
The Girls with the Lost Smile by Miranda Hart - Event Pack
FIND YOUR SMILE using this fun The Girl with the Lost Smile event pack! The Girl with the Lost Smile Chloe Long has lost her smile. She’s looked everywhere for it. (Under her pillow. Under her bed. Under her nose. Obviously.) She’s tried...
04 July 2018
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale - Event Kit
The Princess in Black Who says princesses can’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black. The first in a funny, action-packed series for young readers who like their...
18 June 2018
Royal Society Young People's Book Prize - Chatterbooks Activity Pack
The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize aims to inspire young people to read about science and promotes the writing of excellent, accessible books for under-14s. We have created a Chatterbooks Pack featuring this year’s brilliant shortlisted titles. There are...
12 June 2018
Book Discussion Cards
Use these book discussion cards to help children talk about their books. You can place them on a table and before speaking to a member of staff or volunteer, children can decide which card to take with them, and...
07 June 2018
Happily Ever After: The Little Mermaid by Alex Fields - Teacher's Notes
A little mermaid must say goodbye to her sea legs if she is to be with her prince. Owen Swan’s ethereal illustrations recreate life and beauty under the sea. AGE: 4-8 years Download the Teacher’s Notes for some excellent guidance on how you...
16 May 2018
Find out how children can earn Children’s University hours by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge and Chatterbooks groups.
01 May 2018
How Many Dinosaurs Deep? by Ben Kitchin and Vicky Fieldhouse - Teacher's Notes
How Many Dinosaurs Deep? Jim is not quite sure that he’s ready to move from the baby pool to the middle-sized pool. Can a group of splashing, sploshing dinosaurs help him face his fear? AGE : 3 – 6 years Download the Teacher’s...
27 April 2018
Judy Moody by Megan McDonald - Event Day digital resources pack
Judy Moody Another day. Another mood. Meet Judy Moody at her moodiest-best, in this laugh-a-minute first adventure in the international bestselling series. Bad moods, good moods, even back-to-school moods – Judy has them all! Meet Judy Moody, her little “bother” Stink,...
19 April 2018
Inventions and discoveries Chatterbooks activity pack
Think of the wheel, ships, aeroplanes, TV, the Internet – and crisps, coffee machines and zip fasteners, toilets and microwaves! This Chatterbooks activity pack is full of reading ideas and activities about inventions and discoveries – how they came about,...
28 February 2018
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy - Activity packs
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are two hapless robber dogs who decide on a career change after one bungled burglary too many. Their adventures are full of japes, scrapes and...
22 February 2018
Piggy Hero by Pip Jones - Activity pack and competition
Piggy Hero ‘Jeffry, I’m no mere guinea pig! I’m a Handsome. And Handsomes have always been famous. I simply cannot be the only Handsome in history to not be famous.’ Piggy Handsome is a very confident guinea pig with a hugely inflated...
21 February 2018
Marvel Avengers The Greatest Heroes - activity pack and competition
DK are celebrating their first World Book Day title by offering libraries a wonderful Marvel Super Hero themed pack with activities for children aged 3 to 10 years old. Focusing on DK’s World Book Day title, Marvel Avengers The Greatest Heroes,...
08 February 2018
Fantastically Great Women activity pack by Kate Pankhurst
Fantastically Great Women activity pack: celebrate 100 years of votes for women The Fantastically Great Women books by Kate Pankhurst celebrate some of the world’s most brilliant women, from Rosa Parks to Jane Austen, Ada Lovelace to Pocahontas. Each book shares fascinating...
19 January 2018
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury - A Book Trailer
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Celebrating 10 years of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes All over the world, babies are different. Yet in some ways they are very much the same: each one has ten little fingers and...
13 October 2017
Winnie and Wilbur 30th birthday activity pack
Winnie and Wilbur Friday 13 October is the 30th birthday of the brilliant Winnie and Wilbur series created by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul. To celebrate this, Oxford University Press Children’s books have sent us a pack with many activity sheets and...
10 October 2017
Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht - A book trailer and craft activity
Pick a Pine Tree Pick a pine tree from the lot – slim and tall, or short and squat! Long straight limbs or branches bent – Mmm! Just smell that piney scent! From Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth creator, Jarvis, and author Patty...
09 October 2017
Follow the Track All the Way Back by Timothy Knapman - A book trailer
Follow the Track All the Way Back Today is a BIG day for little Train … he’s going out on the track, all by himself, for the very first time! From Ben Mantle and Timothy Knapman, the author of Soon and Time...
15 September 2017
Owl Babies activity packs
Walker Books have a brilliant pack filled with activities. Owl Babies A gentle tale of three baby owls reassures young children that Mummy will always come home. A gentle tale of three baby owls reassures young children that Mummy will always come...
11 September 2017
Jake in Space activity sheets
Jake in Space is a series of sci-fi adventure stories for kids. It’s full of action and suspense, plus a little bit of weird stuff. Jake lives in the future. His home base is a space station on Earth but he travels...
06 September 2017
Poetry Chatterbooks Activity Pack 2017
To celebrate National Poetry Day on 28 September, we’ve collaborated with the Forward Arts Foundation to create a new Poetry Chatterbooks Activity Pack. National Poetry Day is an initiative of the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates excellence in...
04 September 2017
Royal Society Young People's Book Prize Chatterbooks Pack
The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize aims to inspire young people to read about science and promotes the writing of excellent, accessible books for under-14s. We have created a Chatterbooks Pack featuring this year’s shortlisted titles. There are plenty...
07 July 2017
Pink Lion book trailer
Arnold blends right in with his bright pink flamingo family. Then a growling gang of lions stops by and tells Arnold he should be more lion-like, just like them. Share the trailer for Pink Lion, a bold and colourful picture book...
07 July 2017
Mrs Mole, I'm Home activity sheets
Download these fun activity sheets inspired by Mrs Mole, I’m Home! to share with your Chatterbooks group
03 July 2017
Animal Agents Chatterbooks Activity Pack
Here is a Chatterbooks activity pack to accompany this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Animal Agents. It features some of the fabulous books in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge collection.
01 June 2017
Chris Riddell Chatterbooks Activity Pack
Chris Riddell is a prolific author and illustrator whose huge range of award winning work covers picture books and fiction for older children. He was appointed Children’s Laureate for the period of 2015-2017. Find out more about Chris and his...