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14 April 2016

After the End Hack

A hack for photography lovers. Take a picture that suggests the apocalypse has just ended. Your challenge: Include a book in the photo!

14 April 2016

Your Dystopia Hack

This creative hack is about imagining your own dystopia. What does it look like? Why and how is it different to our own world? What are the struggles and dangers for its people?

13 April 2016

Hacked Worlds hack

This hack is about Dystopian worlds. Hack a character from one dystopia into another dystopia. Write a short script about what happens next.

13 April 2016

Dystopian Covers Hack

A short fun hack that is a twist on the saying ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ Choose a book cover which you haven’t read. Decide what the dystopia might be based on the cover.

12 April 2016

DKfindout! Chatterbooks activity pack

Here is an introduction to www.dkfindout.com – a great website for young people to search, learn and explore information about their favourite subjects, and all their homework topics. It’s clear, colourful, attractive, and easy to use, with hundreds of information...

12 April 2016

Thrills, adventures, spies and detectives! Chatterbooks activity pack

Following up on our original Spies and Thrillers Chatterbooks activity pack here is another pack on the same theme, with more great reading, discussion and activity ideas. This pack is geared more to the older children in your group; it...

12 April 2016

Peter Jay Black video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Peter J Black talks Counterstrike, the thrilling fourth installment in his Urban Outlaws series.

12 April 2016

Format availability - Reading Well for young people

A list of titles on the Reading Well for young people and which formats they are available in.

12 April 2016

Branding Guidelines - Reading Well for young people

This document provides visual guidelines and the key descriptor and message for the Reading Well for young people scheme.

12 April 2016

Shelf Help animation - Reading Well for young people

Reading Well for young people Shelf Help animation GIF. Perfect to use on social media.

12 April 2016

Jacket image composite - Reading Well for young people book

A composite image of the 35 titles on the Reading Well for young people book list. This resource can be used for social media.

12 April 2016

Image bank - Reading Well Books for young people

A collection of photos that can be used on local library, health and school websites to promote the Reading Well for young people scheme.

12 April 2016

Overview of the books - Reading Well for young people

A detailed overview of the titles on the Reading Well for young people list, including background information, formats, publisher details and publication dates.

12 April 2016

Book list - Reading Well for young people

A list of the 35 Reading Well for young people titles.

04 April 2016

Five Minutes' Peace activity sheets

Celebrating an amazing 30 years, we have fantastic Five Minutes’ Peace activity sheets from Walker Books for your Chatterbooks group. Colouring in sheets and a maze!

31 March 2016

Launch Night Hack Project

A Reading Hack Launch Night can serve as both a celebration of your group and activity as well as a way to promote Reading Hack and encourage more young people to get involved. Get young people planning a launch night...

31 March 2016

Shakespeare Hack Project

Shakespeare has been hailed as the UK’s greatest cultural export, and the foremost reason why people are proud to be British.Yet many British children encounter Shakespeare only in their teens as a mandatory subject studied for exams. Many grow up...

24 March 2016

Plasma screen artwork - Reading Well for young people

Artwork promoting the Reading Well for young people scheme, which can be used on plasma screens in libraries and GP surgeries.

24 March 2016

The Big Friendly Read Chatterbooks activity pack

This pack contains reading and activity ideas to use in book groups and with whole classes to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! Get ready for The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016, in libraries everywhere.

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

15 March 2016

Fairy tale hack

Make a new fairy tale by hacking together two old fairy tales. This is good for reading buddies or volunteers helping children read.

15 March 2016

Remixed Reads hack pack

Create prose and poetry by remixing reading. Make characters from two different stories talk to each other. Mashup lines from blogs about important global and local issues into hacktivist poetry. This resource includes a powerpoint with five hacks that remix reading...

14 March 2016

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise activity sheets

These Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise activity sheets from Walker Books include Spot the Difference, drawing sheets and a maze

14 March 2016

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise video

In this video from Walker Books, author Sean Taylor reads his hilarious picture book Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

13 March 2016

Reading Hack Guide

Find out everything you need to know about Reading Hack and getting started in your library.

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.