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01 June 2017

Chris Riddell Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Chris Riddell is a prolific author and illustrator whose huge range of award winning work covers picture books and fiction for older children. He was appointed Children’s Laureate for the period of 2015-2017. Find out more about Chris and his...

24 May 2017

Adaptable powerpoint presentation - Reading Well for Young People

An adaptable powerpoint presentation for commissioning Reading Well for young people.

24 May 2017

Health Professional Template Letter

A template letter library staff can send to health professionals to establish partnerships to deliver any of the four schemes.

24 May 2017

Reading Well Books on Prescription - Library Staff Handbook

A practical handbook for library staff covering all the Reading Well schemes.

23 May 2017

We're Going on a Bear Hunt book trailer

If you loved the film of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt on Channel 4 at Christmas, now you can explore your natural world with these two brand new We’re Going on a Bear Hunt activity books!

23 May 2017

Mrs Mole, I'm Home! book trailer

From Jarvis, the creator of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, comes another truly unmissable, hilarious adventure about a daddy mole who has mislaid his spectacles.

23 May 2017

King of the Sky - Teachers' notes

Download these teachers’ notes for King of the Sky by Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin to use with your class or Chatterbooks group.

23 May 2017

How to be a Scientist - Lesson plans

Discover the skills it takes to become a scientist in DK’s new science book for kids with science presenter and comedian Steve Mould. Being a scientist isn’t just about wearing a lab coat and performing science experiments in test tubes....

19 May 2017

Sound by Bella Bathurst - an extract

Bella Bathurst is a writer and photojournalist. Her books include The Lighthouse Stevensons which won the 1999 Somerset Maugham Award, The Wreckers, which became a BBC Timewatch documentary, and The Bicycle Book, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports...

15 May 2017

Volunteering Resources: Wales

Welsh translations of our most popular resources, including: a volunteering guide for young people, an empty belly poster, a volunteering certificate, publicity postcards advocacy card on the benefits of volunteering

12 May 2017

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins - discussion questions

Into The Water is an addictive novel of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of the truth, and a family drowning in secrets. With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in her debut, The Girl on the...

12 May 2017

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins - an extract

Paula Hawkins is the author of the global bestseller The Girl on the Train, which received worldwide critical acclaim and has sold over 18 million copies worldwide since first publication in January 2015 [to December 2016]. Now a major hit...

12 May 2017

Eurovision! by Chris West - discussion questions

Do you think the world of the Eurovision Song Contest, with its crazy props, even crazier dancers and crazier still songs has nothing to do with serious European politics? Think again. The contest has been a mirror for cultural, social...

12 May 2017

Eurovision! by Chris West - an extract

Chris West is an author, ghostwriter and marketer. His books include Journey to the Middle Kingdom, The Beermat Entrepreneur and First Class: a History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and daughter. The Radio...

12 May 2017

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly - discussion questions

The path of every eclipse can be predicted from now until the end of time… Kit and Laura, young and in love, pledge to travel the globe and see as many eclipse as possible. They have no idea of the...

12 May 2017

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly - an extract

Erin Kelly is the author of The Poison Tree, The Sick Rose, The Burning Air, The Ties That Bind and Broadchurch: The Novel, inspired by the mega-hit TV series. The Poison Tree was a Richard & Judy summer read in...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - Tana French

Tana French is the author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbour, The Secret Place and The Trespasser. Her books have won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller,...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - Mari Hannah

Mari Hannah is an award-winning author whose authentic voice is no happy accident. A former probation officer, she lives in rural Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. Mari turned to scriptwriting when her career was cut short following an...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis was born in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester. Kate has twice been nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Short Story Dagger and has also been nominated for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year. Kate has...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - James Oswald

James Oswald is the Sunday Times Bestselling author of the Inspector McLean series of crime novels. The first six, Natural Causes, The Book of Souls, The Hangman’s Song, Dead Man’s Bones, Prayer for the Dead and The Damage Done are...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is the multiple award winning author of The American Boy, his No. 1 bestselling historical novel, which was a 2005 Richard & Judy Book Club choice. He has won many awards, including the CWA John Creasey New Blood...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - C.J. Sansom

C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he completed a BA and then a PhD in History. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer....

04 May 2017

Coding Skills Chatterbooks Activity Pack

This Chatterbooks activity pack highlights four great titles including a series package of four books about coding from our Children’s Reading Partners publisher partner QED Publishing, written by computer expert Max Wainewright.

03 May 2017

Dementia Awareness Week 2017 - local press release

Local press release for libraries to use to raise awareness of events and activity around Dementia Awareness Week 2017.

02 May 2017

Dementia Awareness Week toolkit 2017

A collection of ideas for events, displays and social media activity for libraries to use around Dementia Awareness Day 2017.

02 May 2017

Reading Well for long term conditions book selection framework

The book selection framework for the new Reading Well for long-term conditions list, launching in July 2017.

28 April 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Reading Guide and discussion questions

The Hate U Give is a powerful first novel by Angie Thomas. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is...

28 April 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - an extract

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson, Mississippi. A former teen rapper, she recently won a Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by the We Need Diverse Books campaign. The Hate U Give is her first novel. The Radio...

27 April 2017

Judas by Amos Oz: A supporting booklist

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Judas by Amos Oz (Israel) and translated by Nicholas de Lange is one of the six shortlisted titles. All of the suggested books follow similar themes or settings as Judas. You can...

27 April 2017

Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin: A supporting booklist

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Fever Dream by Samantha Schwebin (Argentina) and translated by Megan McDowell is one of the six shortlisted titles. All of the suggested books follow similar themes or settings as Fever Dream. You...