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24 February 2016

Free Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet activity pack

To celebrate the release of the forthcoming book in the wonderful world of Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet – Supertato: Veggies Assemble – Simon & Schuster is offering libraries the chance to sign up for event packs to hold your...

23 February 2016

Holly Webb Chatterbooks activity pack

Here are eight heart-warming books by Holly Webb, from her much-loved Animal Stories series. The stories are about puppies and kittens – and their experiences in finding and settling into families with their young owners. This pack gives tasters from...

23 February 2016

Holly Webb video

An interview with Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Holly Webb

20 February 2016

Sean Taylor reads Choochie Pooh video

In this video from Walker Books, author Sean Taylor reads his laugh-out-loud picture book, Don’t Call Me Choochie Pooh!, the story of a small dog fed up of heart-shaped Mini Puppy Treats and being called the most mortifying nicknames!

19 February 2016

Raymie Nightingale video trailer

Watch the trailer for the latest novel by Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale (Walker Books)

18 February 2016

Simon & Schuster Friendship Chatterbooks pack

Here is a Chatterbooks pack all about the magic of friendship. Friendship is at the heart of so many stories and here are nine great books from Simon and Schuster, all about the different kinds of friends we have, and...

16 February 2016

Migloo's Day activity sheets

These Migloo’s Day activity sheets from Walker Books include Spot the Difference, a word-search and creative writing activities!

12 February 2016

Shakespeare Chatterbooks activity pack

Hark! Here is a special Chatterbooks activity pack for Shakespeare Week 2016, with details of books for young people about Shakespeare, and retellings of his plays, plus ideas for discussion and fun activities.

12 February 2016

Marcia Williams video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Marcia Williams talks Tales From Shakespeare

12 February 2016

World Book Day 2016 Chatterbooks activity pack

To help you celebrate World Book Day 2016, here’s our World Book Day Chatterbooks activity pack. It includes tips for running Chatterbooks reading clubs, and ideas for a special World Book Day session. There are loads of activities you can...

11 February 2016

Little Legends discussion notes

Introducing the brilliant new series by Tom Percival, Little Legends. In this discussion guide meet the characters of Tale Town: Jack, Anansi, Red and Rapunzel. Plus, discussion points and activity suggestions for your Chatterbooks group.

10 February 2016

Home by Carson Ellis video

In this video from Walker Books, travel to the home of author and illustrator Carson Ellis, creator of the picture book Home, and explore her beautiful art and story.

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

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...