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21 April 2016

Novel Soundtracks Hack

Create a playlist for a read (it could be a play, novel or poem) which captures its atmosphere and story.

21 April 2016

Escaped Story Stop-motion Hack

Make a story escape from the pages with Instagram

21 April 2016

Book Trailer Cinema

Learn new digital skills by creating a book trailer for a favourite book.

19 April 2016

Running a Reading Hack planning session

Design your Reading Hack programme to create an exciting programme of hack activities, events and projects to engage more young people in your library or school. You can use this session outline with two PowerPoints to plan activity to meet...

19 April 2016

Setting up a group of young planners

One of the most effective ways of engaging with young people is to set up a young person’s planning group. This gives them the chance to take on planning roles to guide creative programming and get others involved. The group...

14 April 2016

Bookface Hack

Merge life and art by using a book to take clever picture of yourself. Add your bookface shot to all the bookface art out there on Instagram and Twitter.

14 April 2016

Six Picture Story Hack

Summarise the plot or motto of a book in six photos.

14 April 2016

A Thousand Words Hack

Take a photo that summarises exactly how a book made you feel.

14 April 2016

Dystopia Hack Pack

This Hack Pack includes 5 hacks that engage creatively with the genre of dystopian fiction plus a Dystopian Book List.

14 April 2016

Tweet from the Future Hack

Tweet Shakespeare’s views as he wakes up one morning in 2015. Has he found a Utopia or Dystopia?

14 April 2016

Dystopian Debates Hack

Why do bestselling young adult novels seem darker now than in the past? Or do they? What’s behind the dystopia trend and why is there so much demand for it? Or has it always been this way? Hold a dystopian...

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...

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

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.

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

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

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.

10 March 2016

Impossible! teacher notes

These notes, with ideas for discussion and activities, cover themes from Impossible!, including relationships between the characters, and aspects of life and theatre at the end of the 1950s, with comparisons to today.

09 March 2016

Alan's Big, Scary Teeth activity sheets

These Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth sheets from Walker Books include spot the difference and colouring in activities.

08 March 2016

Frank Einstein and The Terrible Two Chatterbooks pack

Here are two series for children aged eight and upwards – books full of fun and facts, inspired pranking, and inspirational inventiveness! The Frank Einstein series is all about Frank, a kid-genius scientist, his wacky robots, and his amazing creations –...

05 March 2016

Mango and Bambang: Tapir All At Sea activity sheets

These Mango and Bambang: Tapir All At Sea activity sheets from Walker Books include Spot the Difference, drawing sheets and jokes!