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10 February 2016

Home by Carson Ellis video

In this video from Walker Books, travel to the home of author and illustrator Carson Ellis, creator of the picture book Home, and explore her beautiful art and story.

09 February 2016

Flyer - Join the Library

Use this flyer to encourage parents to sign their children up as members of their local library.

03 February 2016

Pet Favourites Chatterbooks activity pack

In this Chatterbooks pack you’ll find a mix of stories about all kinds of pets – real, imaginary and magical. There are ideas for discussion and activities about favourite pets, famous fictional pets, and caring for your pet.

03 February 2016

M G Leonard video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month M G Leonard talks Beetle Boy

03 February 2016

Publishing Scotland Chatterbooks activity pack

Here’s a brilliant variety pack featuring children’s books from five of the publishers in Publishing Scotland, the network, trade and development body for the book publishing sector in Scotland. Filled with picture books, longer fiction, books for young children through...

15 January 2016

Sean Taylor reads A Brave Bear video

In this video from Walker Books, author Sean Taylor reads A Brave Bear, a heart-warming picture book inspired by the little moments that pass between dads and sons, relishing the very simple pleasures of life on a hot summer’s day,...

05 January 2016

Fantastic Creatures 2016 Chatterbooks activity pack

Happy 2016! To start off the new year in style we have special new Chatterbooks activity pack. You’ll find stories – and facts – about all kinds of amazing and fantastic creatures: beautiful or monstrous, loveable or scary, all of...

05 January 2016

'Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar' by Emily MacKenzie

National Libraries Day is fast approaching, so Bloomsbury wanted to remind you that everyone’s favourite library-loving rabbit is on hand to help. Download the activity pack here for your Chatterbooks group! Also, if you’d like a Ralfy Rabbit library poster...

02 January 2016

Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons! video

This video trailer for Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons! (Walker Books) sees our hero embark on a new adventure!

01 December 2015

Fireside Fiction Chatterbooks activity pack

Here is our fabulous Fireside Fiction pack for Chatterbooks groups this December. You’ll find really good reads, and really good stories to share out loud. Stories about Christmas and winter; stories to take you far away from the wind...

29 November 2015

Chatterbooks Information for Schools

An introduction to Chatterbooks clubs for schools – the benefits and how to get involved.

27 November 2015

Summer Reading Challenge Record Breakers 2015 - Participation Report

Over 800,000 children took part in Record Breakers, the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge. Here is the national participation report, along with the regional breakdowns.

27 November 2015

Summer Reading Challenge Record Breakers 2015 - Family Survey

In 2015 we ran a short survey with participating families to evaluate the impact of the Summer Reading Challenge. Here are the findings.

13 November 2015

Wild Wood library treasure hunt worksheet

The Secrets of the Wild Wood is the gripping, spellbinding story of Sir Tiuri’s quest to find out what lies beneath the mysterious stories about the Wild Wood. This worksheet from Pushkin is a special Wild Wood library treasure hunt! The...

10 November 2015

Where's Wally Colouring Adventure video

Join in the #wallycolouringchallenge with the Where’s Wally Colouring Book, from Walker Books

02 November 2015

Making Music Chatterbooks activity pack

This Chatterbooks pack is all about Making Music – with reading and activity ideas for playing, creating and enjoying music in all kinds of ways! It includes stories, poetry and non-fiction titles for you to enjoy with your group, as...

12 October 2015

Knitbone Pepper Chatterbooks activity pack

Here’s a pack about a special ghost dog called Knitbone Pepper, his beloved owner Winnie, and his ghostly animal friends. Knitbone Pepper is the first book in a new series by Claire Barker, with illustrations by Ross Collins. Enjoy these...

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.

10 October 2015

Chatterbooks Week 2015: poems

Walker Books kindly provided Chatterbooks groups with eight poems to download for Chatterbooks Week in 2015 to celebrate great reading, great poetry and great fun. All poems are from A Great Big Cuddle, Poems for the Very Young by Michael Rosen...

23 September 2015

Chatterbooks and The Children's University

Chatterbooks activities are validated for inclusion with the Children’s University. Children aged 5-12 who attend weekly Chatterbooks sessions can count up to five hours of time in their Children’s University Passports.

23 September 2015

Chatterbooks and Arts Award

You can use Chatterbooks activities with children aged 5 and above to help them achieve Arts Award Discover and Arts Award Explore.

23 September 2015

Chatterbooks certificate - landscape version

To reward your Chatterbooks club members as part of your final celebration session

07 September 2015

Poetry Chatterbooks activity pack

National Poetry Day will soon be here again – this year it’s on October 8th, perfectly placed to be part of our celebration of Chatterbooks week from the 3rd to the 10th October 2015. In this Chatterbooks Poetry pack we’re looking...

05 August 2015

Molly Maybe activity sheets

Molly Maybe has a marvellous secret – she and her dog Waggy Burns are the only ones who can travel to an amazing monster world, which mirrors our own. Download four fantastic activity sheets for your Chatterbooks group!

05 June 2015

Summer Reading Challenge Mythical Maze 2014 - Full Report

Here are the summary findings and a regional breakdown of results for the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge.

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...

01 May 2015

Inspiring Art Chatterbooks activity pack

Here’s a Chatterbooks pack full of books and ideas about art –to inspire your groups in their reading and talking about and enjoyment of art, and in being artists themselves.

28 April 2015

Step by step: draw a leopard

An easy, step-by-step activity sheet teaching children how to draw a leopard. Perfect for arty Chatterbooks sessions!

02 April 2015

Classic children's books - Chatterbooks activity pack

In this Chatterbooks pack we offer a list of some favourite children’s book classics and ask ‘What do you think is a classic book?’ You will find discussion and activity ideas relating to the books in our pack, and a...

27 February 2015

Shakespeare Chatterbooks activity pack

Hark! Here is a special Chatterbooks activity pack for Shakespeare Week 2015 – Celebrate in Libraries with details of books for young people about Shakespeare, and retellings of his plays, plus ideas for discussion and fun activities.