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24 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge Creepy House 2013 results - Summary Findings

Over 800,000 children took part in the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge in libraries, a 9% increase on participation on 2012. Here are the summary findings from the 2013 evaluation report.

23 October 2014

Colour in Elmer!

Download these fabulous Elmer activity sheets and help him get his colour back!

23 October 2014

Chatterbooks activity pack - Superheroes, Comics and Cartoons

This Chatterbooks activity pack takes a look at comic books and cartoons – and lots of other graphic ways of telling stories. As well as a wealth of reading suggestions there are ideas for discussion and group activities – including...

18 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge Story Lab 2012 results

750,000 children took part in Story Lab with 427,500 children completed the Summer Reading Challenge too, earning medals for reading six books. Here is the full evaluation report, which includes the summary findings, regional breakdown along with separate reports about...

17 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge Circus Stars 2011 results

The 2011 Summer Reading Challenge Circus Stars reached a record breaking 780,000 children aged 4 to 12. We’re especially pleased about the number of boys who took part and the huge number of children who joined the library. Here is...

17 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge and Children's University

Our partnership with The Children’s University means that children reading books for the Summer Reading Challenge are able to get their passports stamped at their local library and earn up to ten hours of Children’s University learning for completing the...

17 October 2014

A librarian's book recommendation gets James reading

James, 9, from Congelton in Cheshire, had never really been a reader; he was a typical boy who would rather play football. But in 2013 he heard about the Summer Reading Challenge at school. His mum, Katie, took him to...

17 October 2014

The Summer Reading Challenge gets children reading on the bus in East India

According to Vice Principal of KiiT International School in Bhubaneswar, East India, children no longer sleep on the bus, they read. And it’s all thanks to the Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge takes place in countries all over the...

17 October 2014

3,500 children take part in the Summer Reading Challenge in Thailand

The British Council has been running the Summer Reading Challenge in Thailand for the last 6 years and the children involved always look forward to it. This year was the biggest yet with almost 3,500 children from all over the...

16 October 2014

National Poetry Day 2014 activity pack

There are all sorts of poems – simple, complicated, scary, funny, sad, rhyming ones, limericks, haiku and shaped ones. Many tell stories. Poetry is about using words and language imaginatively and creatively. Everybody can have fun writing and listening to...

10 October 2014

Mary Poppins activity pack

This is a pack of reading ideas and activities inspired by P L Travers’ well-loved book Mary Poppins, brought to you by The Reading Agency in partnership with Disney and publisher HarperCollins Children’s Books.

10 October 2014

Buckle and Squash activity sheets

Three Buckle and Squash activity sheets for your Chatterbooks groups: a wordsearch, a draw-your-own, and a design a doorhanger activities.

08 October 2014

Scary Tales activity sheets

Download these Scary Tales activity sheets in time for Halloween. Activities include a tutorial on how to fold your own paper bats, a chilling crossword and spooky Bingo.

24 September 2014

Impact Research - Full Report

Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence. Impact research carried out by UKLA in 2009, on...

24 September 2014

Impact Research - Summary Findings

Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence. Impact research carried out by UKLA in 2009,...

15 September 2014

Chocolates, sweets and other treats - Chatterbooks activity pack

This activity pack is inspired by everyone’s favourite, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. The pack is jam-full with lots of yummy ideas for your Chatterbooks children’s reading group, plus suggestions...

15 September 2014

Action and Adventure - Chatterbooks activity pack

This month we’re bringing you an action packed new activity pack jammed with great new action and adventure stories, plus ideas for activities in your Chatterbooks children’s reading group, and suggestions for much more reading. It’s time for a book...

15 September 2014

Mick Manning and Brita Granstrӧm activity pack

Mick Manning and Brita Granstrӧm are husband and wife author-illustrators of a wide range of inspirational non-fiction picture books. This activity pack introduces you to a selection of their books to enjoy in your Chatterbooks children’s reading groups, together with...

15 September 2014

The Chocolate Box Girls activity pack

This is special activity pack for your Chatterbooks children’s reading groups, all about Cathy Cassidy’s series The Chocolate Box Girls and with the spotlight on Sweet Honey, the latest book in this fab series. This pack is full of great...

15 September 2014

Kick Off: Football action Chatterbooks activity pack

This Chatterbooks activity pack celebated brings you some great football titles to enjoy – fiction and non-fiction. We also have some special football-themed reading group activities devised by author Tom Palmer, as well as suggestions for much more reading. So...

15 September 2014

Best Friends Forever Chatterbooks activity pack

In this Chatterbooks Best Friends Forever pack there are stories about besties, gangs and playing out, for your Chatterbooks children’s reading groups to read and talk about – plus further book suggestions, and activity and discussion ideas for your group.

15 September 2014

Michael Morpurgo Chatterbooks activity pack

This is our Chatterbooks activity pack celebrating Michael Morpurgo and his two books Private Peaceful and A Medal for Leroy, made for the 100th anniversary of World War One in 2014. The pack is full of thoughtful and engaging activities...

15 September 2014

Pirates and perils of the deep Chatterbooks activity pack

Ahoy, me Hearties – and shiver me timbers – here be a Chatterbooks pack full of swashbuckling pirate fun, activity ideas and challenges, and great reading suggestions for your Chatterbooks children’s reading group.

15 September 2014

The Dark Wild activity pack

We’ve just produced a great Chatterbooks activity pack with publisher Quercus Books full of fun activities to get children reading. This pack is inspired by two absorbing adventures, set in a world being destroyed by human misuse and abuse, where...

15 September 2014

Furry Friends activity pack

In this fantastic Furry Friends activity pack we have some great new stories and picture books about all kinds of animals, plus ideas for activities in your Chatterbooks children’s reading group, and suggestions for much more reading.

11 September 2014

Dragonese Dictionary

This Dragonese Dictionary from Hodder Children’s Books makes a fantastic activity for your Chatterbooks group when looking at the Fantastical Creatures Chatterbooks activity pack.

11 September 2014

Fantastical Creatures Chatterbooks activity pack

Our Fantastical Creatures Chatterbooks activity pack is stuffed with fantastical ideas you can use with your Chatterbooks children’s reading clubs. There are activities to inspire Chatterbooks groups to draw their own mystical creatures, create a magical wizard character and to...

11 September 2014

Spies and Thrillers activity pack

Check out our super secret Spies and Thrillers activity pack. True to its name, this pack is jam packed with thrilling espionage activities you can use with your Chatterbooks children’s reading groups. There are code-making and code-breaking puzzles, ideas for...

11 September 2014

Lost Worlds Chatterbooks activity pack

We have just produced a great new children’s reading group activity pack with Macmillan Children’s Books, based around one of their exciting books, Lost Worlds by Andrew Lane. This activity pack is filled with fun ideas, including inventing and naming...

11 September 2014

Family Fun and Adventures activity pack

Our themed activity pack for this month is Family Fun and Adventures – and it’s bursting with brilliant activities around having adventures with the family. This pack is perfect to use with your Chatterbooks children’s reading groups. Play ‘family bingo’,draw...