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23 Jun 2017

Marmite Reads

To celebrate National Reading Group Day on 24 June reading groups nationwide have been sharing the books that have inspired the most discussion and debate in their meetings. We call these ‘Marmite Reads’. Download the full list below to find a book that will really get the conversation going!

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10 Jun 2017

How to start a reading group

Interested in joining a reading group or starting one of your own? Download our quick guide to getting started.

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05 Jun 2017

Never Say Die book trailer

Alex Rider is back in this brand new, explosive mission in the number one bestselling series. In this adrenaline-fueled, action-packed adventure, Alex Rider is trying to get his life back on track after the traumatic events of his last mission. But even Alex can’t fight the past…especially when it holds a deadly secret. Get your reading group or class excited for Never Say Die with the official book trailer

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01 Jun 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 fantastic books in this Chatterbooks pack.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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. It’s about looking at the world and trying to figure out how it works. Download this Space: The Relationship of the Earth and the Moon Lesson Plan for KS2 (ages 7 to 9) Use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the...

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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 Book of the Year 2011. Sound In 1997, Bella Bathurst began to go deaf. Within a few months, she had lost half her hearing, and the rest was slipping away. She wasn’t just missing punchlines, she was missing most of the...

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17 May 2017

Chatterbooks FAQs

A list of frequently asked questions and answers about Chatterbooks Children’s Reading Clubs.

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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 Train, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting, layered story set in a small riverside town. A word from Paula about the book: “This story has been brewing for a good while. For me there is something irresistible about the stories we tell ourselves,...

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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 Hollywood film starring Emily Blunt, the movie enjoyed a higher UK opening than Gravity, The Martian and Gone Girl. “A brooding and complex read that deserves to make a splash in its own right.” Sunday Mirror “A twisting whodunit that...

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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 and political developments in Europe ever since its inauguration, when an audience in dinner jackets and ball-gowns politely applauded each song. It has been a voice of rebellion across the Iron Curtain, an inspiration for new European nations in the 1990s and...

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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 2 panel loved Eurovision! – here are some of their comments: “A delightful tongue in cheek romp through the history of the Eurovision song contest with lovely links to the social and political situations of the time. It’s an entertaining...

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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 darkness that will follow. At a festival in Cornwall, in the hushed moments after the first eclipse they share, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows she saw something terrible. But the man denies it. Later, in a panic, Laura tells a little white lie – which changes four lives irreparably....

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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 2011 and became a major ITV drama in 2013. The Radio 2 panel loved He Said/She Said – here are some of their comments: “I enjoyed the fact that the story is told from the differing viewpoints of a husband and wife and that it also moves between the present and the time of the...

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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, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and now lives in Dublin with her family. Tana has been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017. Download the resource to find out more about...

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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 assault on duty. Her debut, The Murder Wall (adapted from a script she developed with the BBC) won her the Polari First Book Prize. Its follow-up, Settled Blood, picked up a Northern Writers’ Award. Her Kate Daniels series is in...

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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 been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017. Download the resource to find out more about Kate, and the book she would recommend to reading groups. Just click the download link below.

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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 available as Penguin paperbacks and eBooks. James has also written an epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro, which is published by Penguin, as well as comic scripts and short stories. In his spare time he runs a 350-acre livestock farm in north-east Fife,...

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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 Dagger, an Edgar Scroll from the Mystery Writers of America, the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award (the only author to win it three times) and the CWA’s prestigious Diamond Dagger, awarded for sustained excellence in crime writing. Andrew has been shortlisted for...

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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. He lives in Sussex. C.J. has been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017. Download the resource to find out more about C.J., and the book he would recommend to reading groups. Just click the download link below.

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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.

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28 Apr 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 shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful...

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28 Apr 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 2 panel loved The Hate U Give – here are some of their comments: “A powerful story about inequality and justice.” “This young adult book looks at family, community and race. It is part of the Black Lives Matter campaign and I think it is a book that will spark a...

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27 Apr 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 download the supporting booklist by clicking below.

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27 Apr 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 can download the supporting booklist by clicking below.

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27 Apr 2017

The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen: A supporting booklist

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (Norway) and translated by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw is one of the six shortlisted titles. All of the suggested books follow similar themes or settings as The Unseen. You can download the supporting booklist by clicking below.

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27 Apr 2017

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors: A supporting booklist

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors (Denmark) and translated by Misha Hoekstra is one of the six shortlisted titles. All of the suggested books follow similar themes or settings as Mirror, Shoulder, Signal. You can download the supporting booklist by clicking below.

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27 Apr 2017

A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman: A supporting booklist

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman (Israel) and translated by Jessica Cohen is one of the six shortlisted titles. All of the suggested books follow similar themes or settings as A Horse Walks Into a Bar. You can download the supporting booklist by clicking below.

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