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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)

15 March 2016

Dragonsitter series Chatterbooks activity pack

This pack celebrates the funny and brilliant Dragonsitter series by Josh Lacey and Garry Parsons. Imagine having a full-sized fire-breathing dragon come to stay in your house! These books are perfect for children aged 5 years upwards, to read or...

15 March 2016

Josh Lacey video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Josh Lacey talks The Dragonsitter to the Rescue

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

04 March 2016

Terrible Two pranking notebook

This pack is a guide for how to make your own Terrible Two inspired pranking notebook. Plus, with fun activity sheets and reading suggestions.

25 February 2016

Superhero Street activity sheets

Download these caped-crusading activity sheets from Orion Children’s Books for their fabulous book Superhero Street by Phil Earle. This pack is jammed with fun activities, including decorating your own superhero mask, a heroic wordsearch and creating your own comic...

23 February 2016

Holly Webb Chatterbooks activity pack

Here are eight heart-warming books by Holly Webb, from her much-loved Animal Stories series. The stories are about puppies and kittens – and their experiences in finding and settling into families with their young owners. This pack gives tasters from...

23 February 2016

Holly Webb video

An interview with Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Holly Webb

19 February 2016

Raymie Nightingale video trailer

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

18 February 2016

Simon & Schuster Friendship Chatterbooks pack

Here is a Chatterbooks pack all about the magic of friendship. Friendship is at the heart of so many stories and here are nine great books from Simon and Schuster, all about the different kinds of friends we have, and...

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

Marcia Williams video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Marcia Williams talks Tales From Shakespeare

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...

11 February 2016

Little Legends discussion notes

Introducing the brilliant new series by Tom Percival, Little Legends. In this discussion guide meet the characters of Tale Town: Jack, Anansi, Red and Rapunzel. Plus, discussion points and activity suggestions for your Chatterbooks group.

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...

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...

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.