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22 October 2015

How to Train Your Dragon Chatterbooks activity pack

For twelve exciting years children have been on a rollercoaster ride of adventure with Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, and Toothless the dragon, sharing in the ups and (scary) downs of Hiccup’s many quests. On the way, we meet heroes...

22 October 2015

Cressida Cowell video

An interview with Cressida Cowell, author of the How To Train Your Dragon series

20 October 2015

Read Anytime Anywhere

Download this new booklet from UNISON’s Inclusive Learning Project packed with ideas about how to run Reading Ahead in workplaces.

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.

12 October 2015

Middle School Chatterbooks activity pack

Here’s a Chatterbooks pack about the great series of Middle School books – all about the ups and (quite a few) downs in the life of Rafe Khatchadorian. Read all about Rafe’s rollercoaster life as he tackles the challenges of...

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...

08 October 2015

Barrington Stoke Chatterbooks activity pack

This Chatterbooks activity pack is inspired by Barrington Stoke’s wonderful range of books which help emergent, reluctant and dyslexic readers unlock the power of reading. All children will enjoy the books and activities here but we hope the pack will...

23 September 2015

Case study - St George's RC School, Coventry

A Chatterbooks group was set up in St Gregory’s RC School in Coventry, to encourage children who were struggling with reading, and the results were positive not only in terms of reading attitudes but in improving confidence levels.

23 September 2015

Chatterbooks Riddle Activity

A riddle activity for Chatterbooks Week, from author Lari Don, one of our Chatterbooks champions! Perfect for Chatterbooks Week, which has the theme of poetry.

23 September 2015

Chatterbooks in South Tyneside

A Chatterbooks group called Reading Champions has been set up in Central Library, South Shields, South Tyneside. The group is made up of a group of twelve children from Marine Park school in South Shields who took part in the...

23 September 2015

Chatterbooks flyer

Use this A5 flyer to promote the benefits of running Chatterbooks clubs.

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

Quick Ideas for ice-breakers

These ideas have been tried by Chatterbooks group leaders in schools and libraries. There are lots of ice-breaker activities you can choose but these are all related to books and authors. Often children may not arrive all at the same...

23 September 2015

Quick Ideas for creative activities

These ideas have been tried by Chatterbooks group leaders in schools and libraries and work with almost any theme or collection of books. They require very few resources and allow children freedom to design and create in response to books...

23 September 2015

Quick Ideas for drama activities

These ideas have been tried by Chatterbooks group leaders in schools and libraries and work with almost any theme so why not give them a try!

23 September 2015

Top Tips for setting up a Chatterbooks club in your school

This top tips guide will walk you through the main steps of how to set up a Chatterbooks club in your school

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 - Programme planning template

Use this template to plan your Chatterbooks sessions. You will probably be able to fit in at least 10 sessions in a term.

23 September 2015

Chatterbooks - Book Discussion Guide

Use this quick guide to help you support children to discuss, review and recommend books

23 September 2015

Chatterbooks Session Planning Template

Use this handy sheet to plan your Chatterbooks session and ensure you have everything you need to hand.

23 September 2015

Chatterbooks Session Register

Use this register template to record attendance at your Chatterbooks club

23 September 2015

Chatterbooks certificate - landscape version

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

23 September 2015

Chatterbooks certificate - portrait version

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

23 September 2015

Chatterbooks logos, clip art and how to use them

These logos and clip art characters can be used to promote your Chatterbooks club. Please ensure you read the brand guidelines thoroughly.

16 September 2015

Quick Reads reading group toolkit

A resource created by Quick Reads and Unison for union learning representatives.

11 September 2015

Pictures or it Didn't Happen learning resources

Classroom activities and discussions relating to Pictures or it Didn’t Happen by Sophie Hannah.

09 September 2015

Paris for One learning resources

Classroom activities and discussions relating to Paris for One by Jojo Moyes.

09 September 2015

Out of the Dark learning resources

Classroom activities and discussions relating to Out of the Dark by Adele Geras.

09 September 2015

Hidden learning resources

Classroom activities and discussions relating to Hidden by Barbara Taylor Bradford.