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Chatterbooks reading groups are where children aged 4 to 12 have a great time talking about books

Organised by the charity The Reading Agency, Chatterbooks children’s reading groups take place all over the UK in libraries, schools and wherever people want to set them up.

Anyone with a passion for reading can start up a Chatterbooks group – it’s free to join. Sign up here to receive our Chatterbooks newsletter, and find out more about the resources and training we offer to support Chatterbooks groups. You can access ready-to-use activity packs for reading group sessions, and lots of fantastic offers and competitions from our publisher partners.

We also organise freebies for reading groups for adults – 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.

Kick Off! Football Action Chatterbooks activity pack

30 May 2014 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is happening in June, so, with special help from one of our favourite authors Tom Palmer, we're bringing you some great football titles to enjoy - fiction and non-fiction in our latest Chatterbooks children's reading group activity pack. We also have some special football-themed reading group activities devised by author Tom Palmer, as well as suggestions for much more reading. So boot up and get ready for fun and games! Download the Kick Off! Football Action Chatterbooks activity pack.… more

October 2014 Chatterbooks Reads

9 October 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 October. Books for Younger Readers In a three-story house with a shop down below, lived the world's finest hat maker, Madame Chapeau. On her birthday, Madame Chapeau wears the perfect bonnet made by her late husband. But on the… more

September 2014 Chatterbooks Reads

16 September 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 September. Books for Younger Readers It's Mouse's First Night at Moonlight School for all the small creatures of the night, but she is VERY shy - too shy even to say hello. Luckily, with help from Miss Moon and… more

July 2014 Chatterbooks Reads

10 July 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 July Books for Younger Readers in Eleanor Updale and Sarah Horne in this hilarious rhyming story which just begs to be read aloud, as scratching kids and maddened mums wage war on some very nasty nits. The mums… more

Action and Adventure!! Chatterbooks activity pack

7 July 2014 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

This month we're bringing you an action packed new activity pack jammed with great new action and adventure stories, plus ideas for activities in your Chatterbooks children's reading group, and suggestions for much more reading. It's time for a book adventure! Download the Action and Adventure!! Chatterbooks activity pack.… more

Mick Manning and Brita Granstrӧm activity pack

27 June 2014 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

Mick Manning and Brita Granstrӧm are husband and wife author-illustrators of a wide range of inspirational non-fiction picture books. This activity pack introduces you to a selection of their books to enjoy in your Chatterbooks children's reading groups, together with ideas for discussion and activity around these fun and educational titles. Download the Mick Manning and Brita Granstrӧm activity pack.… more

June 2014 Chatterbooks Reads

18 June 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 June Books for Younger Readers Aldrin the raccoon likes to think he knows it all. And if he doesn't know the answer to a question - no problem, he just makes something up! Are the bears really the… more

Furry Friends Chatterbooks activity pack

19 May 2014 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

In this fantastic Furry Friends activity pack we have some great new stories and picture books about all kinds of animals, plus ideas for activities in your Chatterbooks children's reading group, and suggestions for much more reading. Download the Furry Friends Chatterbooks activity pack.… more

Michael Morpurgo Chatterbooks activity pack

19 May 2014 / Chatterbooks / 0 comments

We've produced a Chatterbooks activity pack celebrating Michael Morpurgo and his two books Private Peaceful and A Medal for Leroy, ready for the 100th anniversary of World War One. The pack is full of thoughtful and engaging activities to get children reading and discussing books. Download the Private Peaceful activity pack.… more

May 2014 Chatterbooks Reads

9 May 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 May Books for Younger Readers Follow Princess Penelope as she runs through the palace and the palace grounds, including a maze, garden and the royal stables, chasing her naughty runaway kitten - the kitten is all tangled up with… 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

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… 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 / 1 comment

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