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Chatterbooks reading groups are where children aged 8 to 11 have a really good time talking about books.

Organised by the charity The Reading Agency, Chatterbooks reading groups take place all over the country in libraries, schools and wherever people want to set them up. Children and parents can ask if there is a Chatterbooks children’s reading group running in their library or school – and tell the staff about them if they are not!

Grown-ups who work with children can join Chatterbooks for free, sign up for our eletter, get tips to get started plus lots of lovely stuff from children’s publishers – we keep this page up to date with all those offers.

Professionals who buy Chatterbooks goodies or sign up for Chatterbooks training will also get ready to use activities and exclusive offers to help get children fired up and excited about reading.

We also organise freebies for reading groups for adults too – just check out readinggroups.org

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Jacqueline Wilson

I've always been a total bookworm and practically lived in my local library when I was a child. I wish I'd been able to join a Chatterbooks reading group then. It would have been such fun to make new friends and discuss all our favourite books. Lots of members write to me and send me their stories and drawings and book reviews – they obviously love being part of a Chatterbooks group.

Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Chatterbooks patron.

World Book Day 2014 activity pack

27 January 2014 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

World Book Day is fast approaching (Thursday 6 March) and to help you celebrate, here's our 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. There are loads of activities you can use, inspired by the eight World Book Day £1 books - there's guaranteed to be something for everyone. Download the World Book Day activity pack.… more

April 2014 Chatterbooks Reads

10 April 2014 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

Each month the Chatterbooks team select their favourite new titles with the help of librarians, publishers, and children. Here are our picks for April. Books for Younger Readers Everyone thinks that little monsters are cute and cuddly, but this monster's grumpy and grouchy. Honest! He does REAL monster stuff, like stomping around and eating squishy, squelchy food like bug eye stew. He's… more

March 2014 Chatterbooks Reads

7 March 2014 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

Each month the Chatterbooks team select their favourite new titles with the help of librarians, publishers, and children. Here are our picks for March. Books for Younger Readers When Ava discovers an imaginary cat in the cabbage patch, she knows she's found a new best friend. Together, Ava and Squishy McFluff get up to all kinds of mischief... When one… more

February 2014 Chatterbooks Reads

10 February 2014 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

Each month the Chatterbooks team select their favourite new titles with the help of librarians, publishers, and children. Here are our picks for February. Books for Younger Readers Imagination takes wing in this story about a boy who becomes a bird! A heart-warming read with a lovely message about the power of books and stories. All I Said Was is the… more

January 2014 Chatterbooks Reads

21 January 2014 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

Each month the Chatterbooks team select their favourite new titles with the help of librarians, publishers, and children. Here's our January selections. Books for Younger Readers When Mike finds out that his best friend is a Gris-Kwok and can turn into any animal he chooses, it's the start of some crazy adventures! My Friend's a Gris-Kwok by Malorie Blackman is a rip-roaring… more

Once Upon a Time activity pack

12 January 2014 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

Once upon a time The Reading Agency put together a very special Chatterbooks activity pack... a pack all about sharing and telling stories. It has some great activities for your Chatterbooks children's reading group, plus a selection of stories to read and enjoy. Download the pack and live happily ever after.… more

Chatterbooks Christmas holidays activity pack

5 December 2013 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

With Christmas less than a month away, we decided to celebrate the festive season and created an amazing Christmas holidays pack filled with all kinds of jolly activities. What are your 2013 best reads? Write the perfect letter to Santa. Design your own Monster Snowman! The pack is bursting with activities guaranteed to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Ho… more

Chatterbooks Reads - December 2013 selection

2 December 2013 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

Each month the Chatterbooks team select their favourite new titles with the help of librarians, publishers and and children's reading groups. We've chosen six books for our December selection and we're sure there's something for everyone. Click on the book title to find out more about each. Books for younger readers It's the first snowfall of winter and the little girl in… more

Barrington Stoke Chatterbooks activity pack

22 November 2013 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

We've just produced a great Chatterbooks activity pack with publisher Barrington Stoke full of fun activities to get children reading. This pack is inspired by Barrington Stoke's wonderful range of books which help emergent, reluctant, and dyslexic readers unlock the power of reading. Find out more and download the pack.… more

Chatterbooks Reads - November selection

4 November 2013 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

Each month the Chatterbooks team select their favourite new titles with the help of librarians, publishers We've chosen four books for our November selection and we're sure there's something for everyone.and children's reading groups. Click on the book title to find out more about each. Books for younger readers When Mum and Dad go away for the night, Aunt Amelia comes… more

Frances Lincoln Poetry Chatterpack

17 October 2013 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

We've just produced a great poetry activity pack with publisher Frances Lincoln, including John Hegley, Kathy Henderson, Wes Magee, Brian Moses and Grace Nichols. Chatterbooks are children's reading groups and this activity pack can be used by anyone to get your group talking about books they are reading. Download the activity pack You can download the Frances Lincoln Poetry Chatterpack activity pack… more

Chatterbooks Reads - October selection

3 October 2013 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

Each month the Chatterbooks team select their favourite new titles with the help of librarians, publishers and children's reading groups. We've chosen five books for our October selection and we're sure there's something for everyone. Click on the book title to find out more about each. Books for younger readers The illustrations featured in this book of poems by Debjani Chatterjee portray… more

Chatterbooks Poetry activity pack

24 September 2013 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

This October we are celebrating National Poetry Day, to celebrate we've created tongue-twisting activity pack. The pack is bursting with activities guaranteed to get everyone rhyming, rapping and writing riddles. Chatterbooks are children's reading groups and this Chatterbooks activity pack can be used by anyone to get your group talking about books they are reading. Download the pack You can download… more

Lauren St John activity pack

15 September 2013 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

This month we have produced a fantastic new children's activity pack with Orion Books, by the brilliant author Lauren St John. It's full of activities including how to write your own book review and draw an exotic castaway island, plus plenty of challenging discussion topics about animal issues. Chatterbooks are children's reading groups and this activity pack can be… more

Sophie McKenzie talks about Split Second

9 September 2013 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

We caught up with thriller writer Sophie McKenzie to talk about her new book, Split Second. The book opens with a terrorist attack and follows the fortunes of two young people directly caught up in that terrible event - take a look at the trailer below. We have a set of 10 copies of Split Second to give away.… more

Chatterbooks Reads - September selection

2 September 2013 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

Chatterbooks Reads is our monthly promotion with publishers that brings some of the best in children's publishing to libraries, schools, parents, reading groups and book clubs. Each month librarians, publishers and children's reading groups select their favourite new titles. Chatterbooks Reads are a great way to help you find a good book for your children. Ready to read this autumn? It's back… more

Funny Books activity pack

19 August 2013 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

This September we are celebrating those wacky and hilarious books that make your sides split with laughter, so we have created an activity pack all about Funny Books. This pack is bursting with activities guaranteed to make you chuckle, including word searches, inventing your own marvellous medicine, and write your own silly poems. Remember to celebrate Roald Dahl Day… more

Dirty Bertie activity pack

13 August 2013 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

We've produced a great new children's activity pack with Stripes Publishing, based on their Dirty Bertie books written by Alan MacDonald and illustrated by David Roberts. Chatterbooks are children's reading groups and this Chatterbooks activity pack can be used by anyone running a children's reading group to get your group enjoying and talking about books they are reading. Download the activity… more

Tall Tales activity pack from Hot Key

8 August 2013 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

We've just produced a great new children's reading group activity pack with Hot Key Books, based around their new title Tall Tales from Pitch End by Nigel McDowell. Chatterbooks are children's reading groups and this Chatterbooks activity pack can be used by anyone running a children's reading group to get your group enjoying and talking about books they are reading. Download the… more