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05 August 2019
Dot Day - Make Your Mark poster and activity pack
Celebrate International Dot Day on 15th-ish September! International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. Now, every 15-ish September,...
04 July 2019
Train to Impossible Places - Letter writing resource
The Train to Impossible Places All aboard for a magical journey… When Suzy hears a strange rattling noise in the middle of the night, she creeps downstairs to find a train roaring through her house. But this is no ordinary train. This is...
04 July 2019
The Usborne Book of the Moon - Resource Pack
This Resource Pack is based on The Usborne Book of the Moon – the beautiful new illustrated book all about the story of our moon. Each lesson included uses extracts from the book, giving you beautiful text and illustrations to...
17 June 2019
Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis - Detectives in Training activity and POS packs
Attention: Detectives in Training Meet Timmy Failure, founder of the “best” detective agency in town – Total Failure, Inc. With the help of his polar bear, Total, the clueless, comically self-confident Timmy already has plans for world domination. Plans...
29 May 2019
Boot by Shane Hegarty - Teachers' notes
When toy robot, Boot, wakes up at a scrapyard, it has no idea how it got there and why it isn’t with its owner, Beth. It only has two and a half glitchy memories, but it knows it was loved,...
23 March 2019
How to Rob a Bank by Tom Mitchell - Teaching Notes
Some people rob banks because they’re greedy. Others enjoy the adrenalin rush. Me? I robbed a bank because of guilt. Specifically: guilt and a Nepalese scented candle… When fifteen-year-old Dylan accidentally burns down the house of the girl he’s trying to...
21 March 2019
She Wolf by Dan Smith - Teachers' Notes
Northumbria, 866. Washed ashore on a frozen English beach, Ylva’s survived. She will not cry. She’s meant to be strong. She’s a Viking. But when her mother dies at the hand of a three-fingered man, and the wolves of the forest...
12 March 2019
The Boy Who Flew by Fleur Hitchcock - Resource pack
About the book Athan Wilde dreams of flight. When his friend, Mr Chen, is murdered, Athan must rescue the flying machine they were building together and stop it falling into the wrong hands. But keeping the machine safe puts his family...
12 March 2019
Hugs and Kisses by Sam Hay and Emma Dodd - Activity Pack
There are two sides to every story… Flip the book to read each side of the story in this enchanting tale of a whale and an octopus on their search for love, ending with a huge pop-up surprise. Big Blue Whale is...
06 March 2019
Hat Tricks by Satoshi Kitamura - Story Play Notes
About the book Meet Hattie the Magician – she may be little but she is a born performer! Hattie conjures an amazing succession of animals out of her hat, and for a grand finale produces a wonderful habitat where they can all...
04 March 2019
Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne - Teacher Notes
For 25 years, Eileen Browne’s beautiful modern classic Handa’s Surprise has delighted the very youngest of readers who long to tell Handa what is happening right behind her. Brimming with mouth-watering fruit and wild animals, this picture book favourite, along...
04 March 2019
The Emily Windsnap series by Liz Kessler - a KS2 Resource Pack
Hachette Children’s Group have created a fantastic Resource Pack based around The Emily Windsnap series. It’s time to dive deep into a world beneath the waves: a magical world of mermaids, fun, friendship and adventure. This Resource Pack is designed to...
06 December 2018
Cressida Cowell's top tips for parents
Help your child discover the magic of reading with this handy one-page guide from the award-winning children’s author.
12 November 2018
Running a Book Club Quick Guide to Chatterbooks
This handbook tells you what you need to know about setting up and running a successful Chatterbooks club
13 September 2018
The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane - an Activity Pack
The Lost Words The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie...
22 August 2018
The Dam by David Almond and illustrated by Levi Pinfold - Teachers' Notes
The Dam When a great dam was built by the Kielder Water in Northumberland, the valley below slowly filled with water. But just before this, when the villagers had been moved out, two musicians went back to the abandoned valley. They...
16 May 2018
Find out how children can earn Children’s University hours by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge and Chatterbooks groups.
01 May 2018
My Sister by Joanna Young - Teacher's Notes
My Sister This stunning picture book shows the special relationship that exists between two sisters. Soft, beautiful illustrations and simple text make this the perfect bedtime read. AGE : 2 – 6 years Download the Teacher’s Notes for some excellent guidance on how...
01 May 2018
How Many Dinosaurs Deep? by Ben Kitchin and Vicky Fieldhouse - Teacher's Notes
How Many Dinosaurs Deep? Jim is not quite sure that he’s ready to move from the baby pool to the middle-sized pool. Can a group of splashing, sploshing dinosaurs help him face his fear? AGE : 3 – 6 years Download the Teacher’s...
01 April 2018
The Wonderling by Mira Bartók - Discussion guide
The Wonderling In this extraordinary debut novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartók tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks...
11 October 2017
The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club - Host a Polar Bear Explorers' Book Club
The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club is a gorgeously imaginative and snowy middle grade fantasy adventure combining the magic of Peter Pan, the chaos of A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the thrilling icy adventure of Northern...
09 October 2017
The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero - Teachers' guide
The Dollmaker of Krakow A timeless fantasy set in the Second World War that weaves together magic, folklore and history, perfect for fans of The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goodnight Mister Tom. One night a little...
11 September 2017
A list of frequently asked questions and answers about Chatterbooks Children’s Reading Clubs.
20 February 2017
World Book Day 2017 Toolkit
Are you wondering how you can support World Book Day 2017? This Toolkit has been designed so that authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians and booksellers can join in with #WorldBookDay20. There are loads of ideas, such as how you could use social...
03 November 2016
The latest Chatterbooks Newsletter. This November newsletter celebrates National Non-Fiction November.
31 October 2016
Get to know the Dewey Decimal Classification system
A brief PowerPoint slide show to help you understand how the Dewey Decimal Classification system works in your library
19 September 2016
Chatterbooks Week Press Release Template
This pack is designed to help you promote your Chatterbooks Week activities locally. It includes a press release template and a social media guide.
14 July 2016
A copy of the Chatterbooks annual survey 2015-16 for information only. To complete the survey, click on the link below.
07 July 2016
You can find out the latest about Chatterbooks by taking a look at our August newsletter.
24 May 2016
The Impact of Chatterbooks on Children’s Reading Enjoyment, Behaviours and Attitudes - Executive Summary
Executive Summary of the evaluation report by Clémence Pabion and Christina Clark, National Literacy Trust. The report looks at the impact of Chatterbooks on children’s reading enjoyment, behaviour and attitudes, relating to our Department for Education funded project to establish...