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01 June 2017

Chris Riddell Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Chris Riddell is a prolific author and illustrator whose huge range of award winning work covers picture books and fiction for older children. He was appointed Children’s Laureate for the period of 2015-2017. Find out more about Chris and his...

24 May 2017

Adaptable powerpoint presentation - Reading Well for Young People

An adaptable powerpoint presentation for commissioning Reading Well for young people.

24 May 2017

Health Professional Template Letter

A template letter library staff can send to health professionals to establish partnerships to deliver any of the four schemes.

24 May 2017

Reading Well Books on Prescription - Library Staff Handbook

A practical handbook for library staff covering all the Reading Well schemes.

23 May 2017

We're Going on a Bear Hunt book trailer

If you loved the film of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt on Channel 4 at Christmas, now you can explore your natural world with these two brand new We’re Going on a Bear Hunt activity books!

23 May 2017

King of the Sky - Teachers' notes

Download these teachers’ notes for King of the Sky by Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin to use with your class or Chatterbooks group.

23 May 2017

How to be a Scientist - Lesson plans

Discover the skills it takes to become a scientist in DK’s new science book for kids with science presenter and comedian Steve Mould. Being a scientist isn’t just about wearing a lab coat and performing science experiments in test tubes....

15 May 2017

Volunteering Resources: Wales

Welsh translations of our most popular resources, including: a volunteering guide for young people, an empty belly poster, a volunteering certificate, publicity postcards advocacy card on the benefits of volunteering

04 May 2017

Coding Skills Chatterbooks Activity Pack

This Chatterbooks activity pack highlights four great titles including a series package of four books about coding from our Children’s Reading Partners publisher partner QED Publishing, written by computer expert Max Wainewright.

03 May 2017

Dementia Awareness Week 2017 - local press release

Local press release for libraries to use to raise awareness of events and activity around Dementia Awareness Week 2017.

02 May 2017

Dementia Awareness Week toolkit 2017

A collection of ideas for events, displays and social media activity for libraries to use around Dementia Awareness Day 2017.

02 May 2017

Reading Well for long term conditions book selection framework

The book selection framework for the new Reading Well for long-term conditions list, launching in July 2017.

13 April 2017

Developing volunteering roles for young people

A guide to creating volunteer roles with young people, plus role descriptions to adapt for summer volunteers; year-round volunteers; older or more experienced volunteers and volunteers who can’t get to the library easily.

10 April 2017

Reading Well - library case study template

A template to support local library authorities to develop and share case studies for promotion, advocacy and best practice sharing purposes.

10 April 2017

Supertato activity sheets

Download these Supertato activity sheets for your Chatterbooks group. This bundle includes a colouring sheet and spot the difference puzzle

10 April 2017

The Royal Rabbits of London video trailer

Shylo has always been the weakest and quietest of all his family and his siblings spend their days making fun of him. But when he stumbles across a band of rats and overhears a diabolical plot against the Queen, it’s...

10 April 2017

Gordon's Great Escape video trailer

Gordon isn’t any old balloon. He’s up and off on a trip around the world! His adventures lead him far and wide. But will he survive without going BANG! Gordon’s Great Escape is an exciting picture book from the bestselling, award...

10 April 2017

Aliens Love Underpants anniversary video

Celebrate 10 years of the bestselling Aliens Love Underpants series with this fun trailer!

10 April 2017

Aliens Love Underpants activity sheets

Download these fun colouring sheets for your Chatterbooks group

06 April 2017

'The Hate U Give' Discussion Questions

Reading guide and discussion questions for ‘The Hate U Give’, a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was...

03 April 2017

Faber Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Meet Squishy McFluff, Dave Pigeon & Woozy the Wizard, three fun characters from Faber. This pack gives descriptions and tasters from all the books, suggestions for more reading, plus discussion and activity ideas for your Chatterbooks reading groups.

29 March 2017

Lots teachers' notes

Download these teachers’ notes for Lots by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton

29 March 2017

Triangle activity sheets

Download these fun activity sheets inspired by Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen to share with your Chatterbooks group!

29 March 2017

Raising Staff Awareness

Materials and advice to help you raise awareness of young volunteers and Reading Hack in your authority. This pack includes: the Reading Hack guide, staff leaflets and posters, tips for sharing young people’s work with staff and key stakeholders

23 March 2017

FAQs for Health Libraries

Frequently Asked Questions for health libraries delivering Reading Well Books on Prescription. Including information on working alongside public libraries, signing up to the Reading Well newsletter, and providing support for health professionals.

13 March 2017

Shakespeare Week 2017 Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Here is a special Chatterbooks activity pack for Shakespeare Week 2017 with details of books for young people about Shakespeare, retellings of his plays, ideas for discussion and activities in your Chatterbooks reading group and suggestions for more reading. ...

09 March 2017

Uncle Shawn and Bill video extract

A.L. Kennedy reads the opening from her novel Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure, illustrated by Gemma Correll, in which a brave and handsome young badger called Bill meets two extremely dreadful sisters and begins an...

09 March 2017

The Dark Days Club video trailer

Discover the world of The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman… Combining Jane Austen’s high society and Cassandra Clare’s supernatural underworld, Alison Goodman’s Lady Helen trilogy will delight fans of historical fiction and fantasy.

09 March 2017

The Cherry Pie Princess activity sheets

Download these sheets inspired by The Cherry Pie Princess to share with your Chatterbooks group. This bundle includes a drawing activity, short story prompts and more!

01 March 2017

World Book Day 2017 Chatterbooks Activity Pack

This year is very special. It is the 20th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 2nd March 2017 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. In this pack you’ll find lots of ideas for your...