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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...

13 January 2016

Case Study: Cambridgeshire Adult Learning and Skills; Family Learning

Pulling a book group together from our target client group proved unexpectedly challenging. After several attempts, we began with a group of four women. The book group members are parents, unemployed and have an educational attainment level at approximately Level...

13 January 2016

Case Study: Blackburn with Darwen library and information service

The first meeting of the Reading Club was attended by eight adult learners from a range of classes run in the community by the Neighbourhood Learning Team. All the participants attend adult literacy classes but were keen to read more...

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...

27 November 2015

Summer Reading Challenge Record Breakers 2015 - Participation Report

Over 800,000 children took part in Record Breakers, the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge. Here is the national participation report, along with the regional breakdowns.

27 November 2015

Summer Reading Challenge Record Breakers 2015 - Family Survey

In 2015 we ran a short survey with participating families to evaluate the impact of the Summer Reading Challenge. Here are the findings.

17 November 2015

Timelines & Time Travel Chatterbooks activity pack

This special Chatterbooks activity pack features three books published by Quarto Kids full of facts and illustrations covering a wide canvas of events and presenting them in clear and accessible timelines. It is filled with discussion and activity ideas for...

13 November 2015

Wild Wood library treasure hunt worksheet

The Secrets of the Wild Wood is the gripping, spellbinding story of Sir Tiuri’s quest to find out what lies beneath the mysterious stories about the Wild Wood. This worksheet from Pushkin is a special Wild Wood library treasure hunt! The...

10 November 2015

Where's Wally Colouring Adventure video

Join in the #wallycolouringchallenge with the Where’s Wally Colouring Book, from Walker Books

02 November 2015

Making Music Chatterbooks activity pack

This Chatterbooks pack is all about Making Music – with reading and activity ideas for playing, creating and enjoying music in all kinds of ways! It includes stories, poetry and non-fiction titles for you to enjoy with your group, as...

29 October 2015

Books for emergent readers

Our Find a Read database contains hundreds of books from mainstream and specialist publishers that have been assessed for readability. Also attached here is a list of publishers, their websites and the levels they cater for.

27 October 2015

Reading Ahead case studies and tips

Please use these links to see a range of examples of how Reading Ahead is run in different settings and the impact it has on individual participants.

22 October 2015

How to Train Your Dragon Chatterbooks activity pack

For twelve exciting years children have been on a rollercoaster ride of adventure with Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, and Toothless the dragon, sharing in the ups and (scary) downs of Hiccup’s many quests. On the way, we meet heroes...

22 October 2015

Cressida Cowell video

An interview with Cressida Cowell, author of the How To Train Your Dragon series

20 October 2015

Read Anytime Anywhere

Download this new booklet from UNISON’s Inclusive Learning Project packed with ideas about how to run Reading Ahead in workplaces.

12 October 2015

Knitbone Pepper Chatterbooks activity pack

Here’s a pack about a special ghost dog called Knitbone Pepper, his beloved owner Winnie, and his ghostly animal friends. Knitbone Pepper is the first book in a new series by Claire Barker, with illustrations by Ross Collins. Enjoy these...

12 October 2015

Spine-tinglers Chatterbooks activity pack

In this Chatterbooks activity pack there are lots of different books with stories that are scary, absorbing, funny, or fantastic – all of them with something special. Perfect for Halloween.

12 October 2015

Middle School Chatterbooks activity pack

Here’s a Chatterbooks pack about the great series of Middle School books – all about the ups and (quite a few) downs in the life of Rafe Khatchadorian. Read all about Rafe’s rollercoaster life as he tackles the challenges of...

10 October 2015

Chatterbooks Week 2015: poems

Walker Books kindly provided Chatterbooks groups with eight poems to download for Chatterbooks Week in 2015 to celebrate great reading, great poetry and great fun. All poems are from A Great Big Cuddle, Poems for the Very Young by Michael Rosen...

08 October 2015

Barrington Stoke Chatterbooks activity pack

This Chatterbooks activity pack is inspired by Barrington Stoke’s wonderful range of books which help emergent, reluctant and dyslexic readers unlock the power of reading. All children will enjoy the books and activities here but we hope the pack will...