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17 June 2019

Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis - Detectives in Training activity and POS packs

Attention: Detectives in Training Meet Timmy Failure, founder of the “best” detective agency in town – Total Failure, Inc. With the help of his polar bear, Total, the clueless, comically self-confident Timmy already has plans for world domination. Plans...

29 May 2019

Boot by Shane Hegarty - Teachers' notes

When toy robot, Boot, wakes up at a scrapyard, it has no idea how it got there and why it isn’t with its owner, Beth. It only has two and a half glitchy memories, but it knows it was loved,...

24 May 2019

Space Chase Family Leaflet: England

This handy leaflet is aimed at parents and carers to encourage take-up of the Summer Reading Challenge.

24 May 2019

Space Chase Family Leaflet: Wales

This handy bilingual leaflet is aimed at parents and carers to encourage take-up of the Summer Reading Challenge.

24 May 2019

Space Chase Family Leaflet: Scotland

This handy leaflet is aimed at parents and carers to encourage take-up of the Summer Reading Challenge.

17 May 2019

Space Chase Schools Pack

Keep your pupils reading this summer with Space Chase, the Summer Reading Challenge 2019! The Summer Reading Challenge takes place over the summer holidays in libraries throughout the UK. Developed by charity The Reading Agency, in partnership with the UK public...

17 May 2019

Space Chase templates for school newsletters

These helpful templates can be added to school newsletters sent home to families, or displayed on your school website. Use the text provided or fill the frame with your own message to encourage families to visit the library and sign their...

23 March 2019

How to Rob a Bank by Tom Mitchell - Teaching Notes

Some people rob banks because they’re greedy. Others enjoy the adrenalin rush. Me? I robbed a bank because of guilt. Specifically: guilt and a Nepalese scented candle… When fifteen-year-old Dylan accidentally burns down the house of the girl he’s trying to...

12 March 2019

The Boy Who Flew by Fleur Hitchcock - Resource pack

About the book Athan Wilde dreams of flight. When his friend, Mr Chen, is murdered, Athan must rescue the flying machine they were building together and stop it falling into the wrong hands. But keeping the machine safe puts his family...

12 March 2019

Hugs and Kisses by Sam Hay and Emma Dodd - Activity Pack

There are two sides to every story… Flip the book to read each side of the story in this enchanting tale of a whale and an octopus on their search for love, ending with a huge pop-up surprise. Big Blue Whale is...

06 March 2019

Hat Tricks by Satoshi Kitamura - Story Play Notes

About the book Meet Hattie the Magician – she may be little but she is a born performer! Hattie conjures an amazing succession of animals out of her hat, and for a grand finale produces a wonderful habitat where they can all...

04 March 2019

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne - Teacher Notes

For 25 years, Eileen Browne’s beautiful modern classic Handa’s Surprise has delighted the very youngest of readers who long to tell Handa what is happening right behind her. Brimming with mouth-watering fruit and wild animals, this picture book favourite, along...

04 March 2019

The Emily Windsnap series by Liz Kessler - a KS2 Resource Pack

Hachette Children’s Group have created a fantastic Resource Pack based around The Emily Windsnap series. It’s time to dive deep into a world beneath the waves: a magical world of mermaids, fun, friendship and adventure. This Resource Pack is designed to...

06 December 2018

Cressida Cowell's top tips for parents

Help your child discover the magic of reading with this handy one-page guide from the award-winning children’s author.

13 September 2018

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane - an Activity Pack

The Lost Words The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie...

22 August 2018

The Dam by David Almond and illustrated by Levi Pinfold - Teachers' Notes

The Dam When a great dam was built by the Kielder Water in Northumberland, the valley below slowly filled with water. But just before this, when the villagers had been moved out, two musicians went back to the abandoned valley. They...

16 May 2018

Children's University

Find out how children can earn Children’s University hours by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge and Chatterbooks groups.

01 May 2018

My Sister by Joanna Young - Teacher's Notes

My Sister This stunning picture book shows the special relationship that exists between two sisters. Soft, beautiful illustrations and simple text make this the perfect bedtime read. AGE : 2 – 6 years Download the Teacher’s Notes for some excellent guidance on how...

01 May 2018

How Many Dinosaurs Deep? by Ben Kitchin and Vicky Fieldhouse - Teacher's Notes

How Many Dinosaurs Deep? Jim is not quite sure that he’s ready to move from the baby pool to the middle-sized pool. Can a group of splashing, sploshing dinosaurs help him face his fear? AGE : 3 – 6 years Download the Teacher’s...

01 April 2018

The Wonderling by Mira Bartók - Discussion guide

The Wonderling In this extraordinary debut novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartók tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks...

09 October 2017

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero - Teachers' guide

The Dollmaker of Krakow A timeless fantasy set in the Second World War that weaves together magic, folklore and history, perfect for fans of The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goodnight Mister Tom. One night a little...

11 September 2017

Chatterbooks FAQs

A list of frequently asked questions and answers about Chatterbooks Children’s Reading Clubs.

20 February 2017

World Book Day 2017 Toolkit

Are you wondering how you can support World Book Day 2017? This Toolkit has been designed so that authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians and booksellers can join in with #WorldBookDay20. There are loads of ideas, such as how you could use social...

03 November 2016

Chatterbooks Newsletter

The latest Chatterbooks Newsletter. This November newsletter celebrates National Non-Fiction November.

14 July 2016

Chatterbooks evaluation

A copy of the Chatterbooks annual survey 2015-16 for information only. To complete the survey, click on the link below.

24 May 2016

The Impact of Chatterbooks on Children’s Reading Enjoyment, Behaviours and Attitudes - Executive Summary

Executive Summary of the evaluation report by Clémence Pabion and Christina Clark, National Literacy Trust. The report looks at the impact of Chatterbooks on children’s reading enjoyment, behaviour and attitudes, relating to our Department for Education funded project to establish...

24 May 2016

The Impact of Chatterbooks on Children’s Reading Enjoyment, Behaviours and Attitudes

Evaluation report by Clémence Pabion and Christina Clark, National Literacy Trust. The report looks at the impact of Chatterbooks on children’s reading enjoyment, behaviour and attitudes, relating to our Department for Education funded project to establish KS2 book clubs...

14 April 2016

Introductory PowerPoint - Reading Well for young people

PowerPoint presentation on general information regarding Reading Well for young people. Can be used as a template to present the scheme locally.

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