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04 September 2015

Funny Fiction Chatterbooks activity pack

This Funny Fiction Chatterbooks pack is packed with reading recommendations: books which are rib-tickling, chuckle-making or straight-out laugh-out-loud funny – plus Funny Fiction discussion and activity ideas for your Chatterbooks groups.

27 August 2015

Top Tips for Star Reviewers

If your Chatterbooks childrens’ reading group is taking part in the Star Reviewers scheme to review new books, then take a look at these top tips to get your group writing super Star Reviews!

11 August 2015

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia - health professionals reading list

This is a list of useful reading for health and social care professionals and students. The titles came to the attention of the selection panel while developing Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia, which recommends helpful reading for people...

05 August 2015

Molly Maybe activity sheets

Molly Maybe has a marvellous secret – she and her dog Waggy Burns are the only ones who can travel to an amazing monster world, which mirrors our own. Download four fantastic activity sheets for your Chatterbooks group!

09 July 2015

Chatterbooks Champions activity pack

Check out our brilliant new Chatterbooks activity pack filled with special group activities from our brilliant Chatterbooks champions. We have activities from Guy Bass, Elen Caldecott, Steve Cole, Lari Don, Jonathan Meres, Tom Palmer, and Ali Sparkes. There’s something for...

09 July 2015

Tom Palmer's Rugby Top Trumps

Download these Top Trumps cards from Chatterbooks Champion Tom Palmer’s Rugby Academy series.

09 July 2015

Tom Palmer video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Tom Palmer talks about his Rugby Academy series

09 July 2015

Stop Those Monsters extract

Read an extract from our Chatterbooks Champion Steve Cole’s latest book, Stop Those Monsters!

09 July 2015

Chatterbooks Champions book extracts

Get a sneak peek of the latest books by our wonderful and brilliant Chatterbooks Champions, including Tom Palmer, Guy Bass and Elen Caldecott.

15 June 2015

Compton Valance Chatterbooks activity pack

Meet Compton Valance and his best friend Bryan Nylon, and join them in their mind-boggling time-travel adventures – all begun because they left a cheese-and-pickled-egg sandwich in a lunchbox for thirteen weeks! This pack gives information and tasters from the...

15 June 2015

Matt Brown video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Matt Brown talks Compton Valance

12 June 2015

How to start a reading group

Here are some tips we’ve collected from experts on how to start a reading group. Remember to check Reading Groups for Everyone for the latest news and offers. 1. The ideal group size is between eight and ten, this is...

05 June 2015

Summer Reading Challlenge 2015 Book Collections

These are the book collections for the Summer Reading Challenge 2015, Record Breakers. You can also find thousands of reads, recommended by children, by visiting the Book Sorter.

05 June 2015

Summer Reading Challenge Mythical Maze 2014 - Headline Results

Here are the national participation results and regional breakdowns for Mythical Maze, the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge.

05 June 2015

Summer Reading Challenge Mythical Maze 2014 - Full Report

Here are the summary findings and a regional breakdown of results for the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge.

04 June 2015

Lottery Boy reading guide

Find out about Lottery Boy and it’s author Michael Byrne in this great reading guide. Includes discussion topics and questions from the author.

01 June 2015

The Great Outdoors Chatterbooks activity pack

The themes in The Great Outdoors Chatterbooks activity pack include outdoor activities and adventures: gardening, camping, hiking, sport, picnics; nature and wildlife; exploring new places and environments; enjoying, sharing and making the most of the world we live in. Something...

14 May 2015

Interactiver prescriber leaflet - Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions

A digital version of the user leaflet for Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions. The prescriber can digitally select titles from the list, then print the leaflet. The leaflet also provides information about how the scheme works,...

01 May 2015

Inspiring Art Chatterbooks activity pack

Here’s a Chatterbooks pack full of books and ideas about art –to inspire your groups in their reading and talking about and enjoyment of art, and in being artists themselves.

28 April 2015

Step by step: draw a leopard

An easy, step-by-step activity sheet teaching children how to draw a leopard. Perfect for arty Chatterbooks sessions!

28 April 2015

David Wiesner discussion guide

Delve into David Wiesner’s book Art and Max with your Chatterbooks group using these discussion points.

17 April 2015

James Patterson activity pack

This special James Patterson pack is full of fun activities for Chatterbooks groups: write your own comic, design your own cut-out bookmark, crosswords puzzles and much more!

14 April 2015

Overview of the 20 books for 2015 - Reading Well Mood-boosting Books

We’ve worked with Macmillan Cancer Support to involve people who have been affected by cancer in selecting Mood-boosting Books. This guide provides detailed information about each of the titles, including available formats, publisher and publication date.

02 April 2015

Classic children's books - Chatterbooks activity pack

In this Chatterbooks pack we offer a list of some favourite children’s book classics and ask ‘What do you think is a classic book?’ You will find discussion and activity ideas relating to the books in our pack, and a...

01 April 2015

Write Your Own Storybook activity sheets

We have two activity sheets for you to download from Usborne’s creative book Write Your Own Storybook. Perfect for Chatterbooks children’s reading clubs.

27 March 2015

A Whisper of Wolves Chatterbooks activity pack

A Whisper of Wolves is the first title in an exciting new 4-part fantasy series, Guardians of the Wild, by début author Kris Humphrey. It’s especially for young pre-teen readers – an adventure encompassing animal companionship, courage, and protection of...

19 March 2015

National Reading Group Day 2015 logo

This year National Reading Group Day takes place on Saturday 20 June. Download the logo to join in the celebrations.

27 February 2015

Shakespeare Chatterbooks activity pack

Hark! Here is a special Chatterbooks activity pack for Shakespeare Week 2015 – Celebrate in Libraries with details of books for young people about Shakespeare, and retellings of his plays, plus ideas for discussion and fun activities.

20 February 2015

My Heart and Other Black Holes - Reading Group Guide

Aysel and Roman are practically strangers, but they’ve been drawn into an unthinkable partnership. In a month’s time, they plan to commit suicide – together. Aysel knows why she wants to die: being the daughter of a murderer doesn’t equal normal,...

05 February 2015

Green is Best Chatterbooks activity pack

This is an activity pack about all kinds of things Green. It has green men and green creatures, and explores the colour green – but it is especially about learning and caring about the world we live in.