Donate now
Tackling life's big challenges through the proven power of reading

Resources

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...

03 February 2016

The Anniversary by Veronica Henry (ed): Quick Reads learning resource

A learning resource for readers and practitioners to accompany the Quick Read The Anniversary, a collection of short stories by Fanny Blake, Elizabeth Buchan, Rowan Coleman, Jenny Colgan, Philippa Gregory, Matt Haig, Veronica Henry, Andy McNab, Richard Madeley and John...

03 February 2016

The Double Clue by Agatha Christie: Quick Reads learning resource

A learning resource for readers and practitioners to accompany the Quick Read The Double Clue by Agatha Christie

03 February 2016

Too Good to be True by Ann Cleeves: Quick Reads learning resource

A learning resource for readers and practitioners to accompany the Quick Read Too Good to be True by Lucy Diamond

03 February 2016

On the Rock by Andy McNab: Quick Reads learning resource

A learning resource for readers and practitioners to accompany the Quick Read On the Rock by Andy McNab

03 February 2016

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai: Quick Reads learning resource

A learning resource for readers and practitioners to accompany the Quick Read I Am Malala (abridged edition) by Malala Yousafzai

03 February 2016

A Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond Quick Reads learning resource

A learning resource for readers and practitioners to accompany the Quick Read A Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond

29 January 2016

Reading for Pleasure and Reading Circles for Adult Emergent Readers

Reading for Pleasure and Reading Circles for Adult Emergent Readers aims to provide practical tips and things to think about for anyone interested in running a reading group of any kind – librarians, community workers, teachers and non-teachers, including anyone...

15 January 2016

Sean Taylor reads A Brave Bear video

In this video from Walker Books, author Sean Taylor reads A Brave Bear, a heart-warming picture book inspired by the little moments that pass between dads and sons, relishing the very simple pleasures of life on a hot summer’s day,...

13 January 2016

Case Study: Wilton and Barford Primary School - Wiltshire Family Learning Quick Reads Project

Our small rural primary school near Salisbury had been hosting a successful Family Learning Storybox programme. The families were invited to join up with the Quick Reads Reading Group to keep the families on board with their own and their...

13 January 2016

ESOL reading group case study

The ESOL reading group was set up to promote extensive reading amongst ESOL learners and provide a bridge to the independent selection of reading matter and into, or back into, more formal learning. It was prompted and supported by the offer of...

13 January 2016

Case Study: Quick Flicks (The Lesbian and Gay Foundation)

Our Reading Group consists of 11 people. Each member came to the group keen to get on with the first book and was happy to be taking part. A lot of people said that although they enjoyed reading they simply...

13 January 2016

Case Study: Harlington Quick Reads group (aka Geek Club!)

16 different people attend regularly – a mixture of ESOL learners and literacy learners. None of the group were readers before the sessions started. One member had never read a whole book. The group meets weekly, term-time only.

13 January 2016

Case Study: ESOL reading group; Newham Adult Learning Service (NALS)

The ESOL reading group was set up to promote extensive reading amongst ESOL learners and provide a bridge to the independent selection of reading matter and into, or back into, more formal learning. It was prompted and supported by the...

13 January 2016

Case Study: ESOL Reading Group (Deepcut)

The reading group started in April 2011 and comprises of 10 learners, all of whom are ESOL learners. Six are military guards, two are wives of German military personnel seconded to the British Army, one is a Tunisian army chef...

13 January 2016

Case Study: Starbucks Readers, Essex Libraries/Braintree Library.

The group is made up of 1 man and 12 women in their late 30s and over 70s and is run flexibly, where members can join or leave at any time. Members come from a broad range of countries eg...

13 January 2016

Case study: Coldingley Prison Library

Our group is made up of all adult males as it takes place in a Category C adult male prison. However within that we have a mix of ages from mid 20s to early 60s, and a mix of ethnic/cultural...

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!

17 December 2015

Public Library & Other Stories by Ali Smith - Competition Image for Twitter

Public Library & Other Stories Competition Image for Twitter In the run up to National Libraries Day, and to celebrate the publication of Public Library and Other Stories by the great and talented Ali Smith, Penguin and The Reading Agency invite...

17 December 2015

Public Library & Other Stories by Ali Smith - Competition Image for Facebook

Public Library & Other Stories Competition Image for Facebook In the run up to National Libraries Day, and to celebrate the publication of Public Library and Other Stories by the great and talented Ali Smith, Penguin and The Reading Agency invite...

17 December 2015

Public Library & Other Stories by Ali Smith - Competition Image for Instagram

Public Library & Other Stories competition image for Instagram In the run up to National Libraries Day, and to celebrate the publication of Public Library and Other Stories by the great and talented Ali Smith, Penguin and The Reading Agency invite...

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.

28 November 2015

Eva Ibbotson Chatterbooks activity pack

This pack celebrates eight fantastic books by Eva Ibbotson, and one by her son Toby Ibbotson. Full of ghosts, ghouls, ogres and all kinds of magical creatures and monsters! Some are beautiful, some are weird and grotesque, some are horribly...