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04 February 2015

Gobstoppers Chatterbooks activity pack

Want books that make you laugh? Here are four great books in Macmillan’s Gobstoppers collection which were new in 2015, plus ideas for activities in your Chatterbooks reading group.

03 February 2015

13 Storey Treehouse poster

Andy and Terry need help finishing their treehouse! Print out this poster to help them complete their amazing 13 storey treehouse.

01 February 2015

Book list - Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

A list of the 25 Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia titles.

30 January 2015

Prescriber leaflet - Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

This leaflet provides health professionals with information about Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia, including: Who is it for? How does it work? Who can recommend books? Why use the scheme? Why are public libraries important? Available resources Hard-copy versions of the leaflet can also...

25 January 2015

Prescriber handbook - Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

A guide to the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia scheme for health professionals.

25 January 2015

Health professionals FAQ - Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

Answers to health professionals’ frequently asked questions about Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia.

23 January 2015

Evidence base - Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

An overview of the evidence base for Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia, examining the need, policy framework and value of the scheme and public libraries.

23 January 2015

Guess How Much I Love You storytime kit

It’s twenty years since the publication of Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, one of the world’s bestselling and best loved picture books. Walker have put together this brilliant storytime kit for libraries to...

23 January 2015

Making the most of your book - Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

This guide, prepared by Dr Deirdre Bonner, provides an introduction to the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia scheme, and how to make the most of the books.

21 January 2015

Commissioning guidelines - Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

This document provides information about Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia. It includes case studies showing how libraries can work with public health to deliver the scheme.

21 January 2015

Plasma screen artwork - Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

Artwork promoting the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia, which can be used on plasma screens in libraries and GP surgeries.

21 January 2015

Interactive user leaflet - Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

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

21 January 2015

Overview of the books - Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

A detailed overview of the titles on the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia list, including background information, formats, publisher details and publication dates.

21 January 2015

Recommended reading form - Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

This form can be used by health professionals to recommend titles from the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia list.

19 January 2015

World Book Day 2015 Chatterbooks activity pack

Here’s our 2015 World Book Day Chatterbooks activity pack. It includes tips for running Chatterbooks children’s reading clubs, and ideas for a special World Book Day session. Look out for our new World Book Day activity pack coming in 2016.

13 January 2015

Alien Invasion Chatterbooks activity pack

In this Chatterbooks Alien Invasion pack are stories about other beings and other worlds – and about how this earth might seem to travellers from other planets! An activity pack filled with out-of-this-world fun for your Chatterbooks groups to read...

01 December 2014

World Book Night 2014 evaluation report

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books which takes place on April 23. It sees volunteers give hundreds of thousands of books away in their communities to share their love of reading with people who,...

01 December 2014

Winter Wonderland Chatterbooks activity pack

Looking for ideas to use with children in your Chatterbooks reading groups in December? Here’s our amazing Winter Wonderland activity pack filled with fantastic wintry children’s books, and all kinds of fun activities to keep you warm in the cold....

07 November 2014

Info Challenge Chatterbooks activity pack

November 7 is National Non-Fiction Day and to celebrate we’ve created an amazing info challenge activity pack filled with all kinds of wild and crazy (and true!) information. The pack is bursting with activities guaranteed to boggle your mind with...

01 November 2014

World of Norm Chatterbooks activity pack

Here is our Chatterbooks activity pack all about the wonderful (if maybe at times unfair) World of Norm by Jonathan Meres.

26 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge 2014 Book Collections

These are the book collections for the Summer Reading Challenge 2014, Mythical Maze illustrated by Sarah McIntyre. You can also find thousands of reads, recommended by children, by visiting the Book Sorter.

24 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge Creepy House 2013 results - Full Report

Over 800,000 children took part in the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge in libraries. Here is the full evaluation report, which includes the summary findings, regional breakdown along with separate reports about Summer Reading Challenge volunteering and our pilot with Arts Award...

24 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge Creepy House 2013 results - Summary Findings

Over 800,000 children took part in the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge in libraries, a 9% increase on participation on 2012. Here are the summary findings from the 2013 evaluation report.

23 October 2014

Colour in Elmer!

Download these fabulous Elmer activity sheets and help him get his colour back!

23 October 2014

Chatterbooks activity pack - Superheroes, Comics and Cartoons

This Chatterbooks activity pack takes a look at comic books and cartoons – and lots of other graphic ways of telling stories. As well as a wealth of reading suggestions there are ideas for discussion and group activities – including...

20 October 2014

Reading groups for blind and partially sighted people

Anyone should be able to join or set up a reading group whether blind, partially sighted or sighted. Here a few helpful tips from RNIB to consider. Venue Location is key – if difficult to access or find it may mean a...

20 October 2014

Running a reading group event

Sarah Davis, reader development coordinator at Greenwich libraries gives us her top tips for running an author event: For the last three years part of my role as the reader development coordinator for Greenwich libraries is to organise as well...

18 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge Story Lab 2012 results

750,000 children took part in Story Lab with 427,500 children completed the Summer Reading Challenge too, earning medals for reading six books. Here is the full evaluation report, which includes the summary findings, regional breakdown along with separate reports about...

17 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge Circus Stars 2011 results

The 2011 Summer Reading Challenge Circus Stars reached a record breaking 780,000 children aged 4 to 12. We’re especially pleased about the number of boys who took part and the huge number of children who joined the library. Here is...

17 October 2014

Summer Reading Challenge and Children's University

Our partnership with The Children’s University means that children reading books for the Summer Reading Challenge are able to get their passports stamped at their local library and earn up to ten hours of Children’s University learning for completing the...