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13 September 2017

History of Wolves - Readers' Guide

On Wednesday 13 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2017 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

13 September 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo - Readers' Guide

On Wednesday 13 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2017 prize. The prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction...

13 September 2017

National Poetry Day: a list for reading groups

Celebrate National Poetry Day on 28 September and share a poem with your book group this year. Don’t worry if your group doesn’t tend to read poetry; we’re sharing a brilliant list from the National Poetry Day team of ten...

11 September 2017

Jake in Space activity sheets - Teacher notes answers

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...

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...

11 September 2017

Chatterbooks FAQs

A list of frequently asked questions and answers about Chatterbooks Children’s Reading Clubs.

10 September 2017

Dragon's Green - Teacher Resource

Dragon’s Green Dragon’s Green is the first book in the Worldquake sequence, a trilogy of books all about magic and adventure! In Dragon’s Green, Effie and her friends seem to be normal schoolchildren but when they discover their hidden Otherworld...

06 September 2017

Before I Was Yours by Virginia Macgregor

Spark a discussion in your reading group with these questions for Before I Was Yours by Virginia Macgregor – just log in and click download below. About the book Sam and Rosie Keep have always wanted children of their own but life...

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...

30 August 2017

World Book Night 2017 Programme Review

In 2017 we launched our renewed, targeted model for the programme. The headline findings of our programme review are positive about the impact the new, more targeted model for World Book Night has in encouraging people to read. The findings...

23 August 2017

The Underground Railroad - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017...

23 August 2017

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017...

23 August 2017

Swing Time - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017...

23 August 2017

Solar Bones - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017...

23 August 2017

Reservoir 13 - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017...

23 August 2017

Home Fire - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017...

23 August 2017

Days Without End - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017...

23 August 2017

Keeping Young People Engaged

A guide to keeping young people involved in the library after summer volunteering

22 August 2017

Owl Babies 25th Anniversary book trailer

A trailer for OWL BABIES, the 25th anniversary edition of the classic bedtime picture book from Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. On a tree in the woods, three baby owls, Sarah and Percy and Bill, sit and think and wait for...

22 August 2017

7 Questions for Paul Whitfield

Paul Whitfield, creator of PIRATE MCSNOTTBEARD answers seven pressing questions about his new book series for children. WARNING: THIS VIDEO MAY CONTAIN MULTIPLE PARROTS. It’s perfect for sharing with your class or reading group! About Pirate McSnottbeard in the Zombie Terror Rampage Before...

17 August 2017

They Came from Planet Zabalooloo! book trailer

Watch out, planet Earth! Zoron, Bazoo and Zob have come from Zabalooloo. They’ve got a supersonic-sucker with shrinker nozzle … and they are ready for an EPIC adventure! Share the trailer for THEY CAME FROM PLANET ZABALOOLOO, the new picture book...

02 August 2017

Women in Translation booklist

August is Women in Translation Month. Only a tiny fraction of fiction published in English is translated, and only about a quarter of that translated fiction was originally written by women. For some reason, fiction in translation by women remains...

31 July 2017

FAQs - Reading Well for long term conditions

Answers to library staff frequently asked questions about Reading Well for long term conditions, including: general information, launch support, library involvement and digital resources.

24 July 2017

Podcasts for Book Lovers

We’ve put together a list of our favourite reading related podcasts for you to enjoy. From celebrity storytelling to a tour of the fascinating connections between Shakespeare and the world around us, there should be something to suit all tastes....

22 July 2017

You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood - discussion questions

An unnamed defendant is accused of murder. Before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and gives his own defence. His barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or...

22 July 2017

You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood - read a sample

An unnamed defendant is accused of murder. Before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and gives his own defence. His barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or...

07 July 2017

5 Questions for author Alison Croggon - video

Walker Books asked Alison Croggon, author of the bestselling Books of Pellinor series, five questions, including why she chose to return to the world of Pellinor in her prequel novel, The Bone Queen. Watch the video to find out more...

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

Ellie and Lump activity sheets

Download these fun Ellie and Lump activity sheets to share with your Chatterbooks group or in class. This download includes a maze and drawing activity.