Resources

23 Sep 2015

Chatterbooks - Book Discussion Guide

Use this quick guide to help you support children to discuss, review and recommend books

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23 Sep 2015

Chatterbooks Session Planning Template

Use this handy sheet to plan your Chatterbooks session and ensure you have everything you need to hand.

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23 Sep 2015

Chatterbooks Session Register

Use this register template to record attendance at your Chatterbooks club

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23 Sep 2015

Chatterbooks certificate - landscape version

To reward your Chatterbooks club members as part of your final celebration session

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23 Sep 2015

Chatterbooks certificate - portrait version

To reward your Chatterbooks club members as part of your final celebration session

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23 Sep 2015

Chatterbooks logos, clip art and how to use them

These logos and clip art characters can be used to promote your Chatterbooks club. Please ensure you read the brand guidelines thoroughly.

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07 Sep 2015

Poetry Chatterbooks activity pack

National Poetry Day will soon be here again – this year it’s on October 8th, perfectly placed to be part of our celebration of Chatterbooks week from the 3rd to the 10th October 2015. In this Chatterbooks Poetry pack we’re looking especially at poetry for younger children and also at a dynamic poetry session with Chatterbooks children in Hackney which we hope gives you lots of ideas!

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04 Sep 2015

Funny Fiction Chatterbooks activity pack

This Funny Fiction Chatterbooks pack is packed with reading recommendations: books which are rib-tickling, chuckle-making or straight-out laugh-out-loud funny – plus Funny Fiction discussion and activity ideas for your Chatterbooks groups.

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27 Aug 2015

Top Tips for Star Reviewers

If your Chatterbooks childrens’ reading group is taking part in the Star Reviewers scheme to review new books, then take a look at these top tips to get your group writing super Star Reviews!

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05 Aug 2015

Molly Maybe activity sheets

Molly Maybe has a marvellous secret – she and her dog Waggy Burns are the only ones who can travel to an amazing monster world, which mirrors our own. Download four fantastic activity sheets for your Chatterbooks group!

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09 Jul 2015

Chatterbooks Champions activity pack

Check out our brilliant new Chatterbooks activity pack filled with special group activities from our brilliant Chatterbooks champions. We have activities from Guy Bass, Elen Caldecott, Steve Cole, Lari Don, Jonathan Meres, Tom Palmer, and Ali Sparkes. There’s something for everyone, and guaranteed fun!

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09 Jul 2015

Tom Palmer's Rugby Top Trumps

Download these Top Trumps cards from Chatterbooks Champion Tom Palmer’s Rugby Academy series.

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09 Jul 2015

Tom Palmer video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Tom Palmer talks about his Rugby Academy series

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09 Jul 2015

Stop Those Monsters extract

Read an extract from our Chatterbooks Champion Steve Cole’s latest book, Stop Those Monsters!

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09 Jul 2015

Chatterbooks Champions book extracts

Get a sneak peek of the latest books by our wonderful and brilliant Chatterbooks Champions, including Tom Palmer, Guy Bass and Elen Caldecott.

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15 Jun 2015

Compton Valance Chatterbooks activity pack

Meet Compton Valance and his best friend Bryan Nylon, and join them in their mind-boggling time-travel adventures – all begun because they left a cheese-and-pickled-egg sandwich in a lunchbox for thirteen weeks! This pack gives information and tasters from the books, suggestions for more reading around the books’ key themes, and lots of discussion and activity ideas for your Chatterbooks group.

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15 Jun 2015

Matt Brown video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Matt Brown talks Compton Valance

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12 Jun 2015

How to start a reading group

Here are some tips we’ve collected from experts on how to start a reading group. Remember to check Reading Groups for Everyone for the latest news and offers. 1. The ideal group size is between eight and ten, this is large enough to allow for no-shows and small enough to make sure everyone can have their say. 2. Monthly meetings work well because it gives everyone a chance to read the book. 3. Libraries, bookshops, cafes and pubs are all ideal venues for advertising your group. 4. You...

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04 Jun 2015

Lottery Boy reading guide

Find out about Lottery Boy and it’s author Michael Byrne in this great reading guide. Includes discussion topics and questions from the author.

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01 Jun 2015

The Great Outdoors Chatterbooks activity pack

The themes in The Great Outdoors Chatterbooks activity pack include outdoor activities and adventures: gardening, camping, hiking, sport, picnics; nature and wildlife; exploring new places and environments; enjoying, sharing and making the most of the world we live in. Something fun for everyone!

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01 May 2015

Inspiring Art Chatterbooks activity pack

Here’s a Chatterbooks pack full of books and ideas about art –to inspire your groups in their reading and talking about and enjoyment of art, and in being artists themselves.

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28 Apr 2015

Step by step: draw a leopard

An easy, step-by-step activity sheet teaching children how to draw a leopard. Perfect for arty Chatterbooks sessions!

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28 Apr 2015

David Wiesner discussion guide

Delve into David Wiesner’s book Art and Max with your Chatterbooks group using these discussion points.

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17 Apr 2015

James Patterson activity pack

This special James Patterson pack is full of fun activities for Chatterbooks groups: write your own comic, design your own cut-out bookmark, crosswords puzzles and much more!

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02 Apr 2015

Classic children's books - Chatterbooks activity pack

In this Chatterbooks pack we offer a list of some favourite children’s book classics and ask ‘What do you think is a classic book?’ You will find discussion and activity ideas relating to the books in our pack, and a mix of titles featured in more detail, including retellings, picture book favourites, newer titles, and examples from some of the different series of children’s classics.

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01 Apr 2015

Write Your Own Storybook activity sheets

We have two activity sheets for you to download from Usborne’s creative book Write Your Own Storybook. Perfect for Chatterbooks children’s reading clubs.

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27 Mar 2015

A Whisper of Wolves Chatterbooks activity pack

A Whisper of Wolves is the first title in an exciting new 4-part fantasy series, Guardians of the Wild, by début author Kris Humphrey. It’s especially for young pre-teen readers – an adventure encompassing animal companionship, courage, and protection of the wild and everything that lives in it. Here is a Chatterbooks pack for your reading groups with discussion and activity ideas exploring the themes and characters in this book, plus a list of more reading ideas.

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19 Mar 2015

National Reading Group Day 2015 logo

This year National Reading Group Day takes place on Saturday 20 June. Download the logo to join in the celebrations.

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27 Feb 2015

Shakespeare Chatterbooks activity pack

Hark! Here is a special Chatterbooks activity pack for Shakespeare Week 2015 – Celebrate in Libraries with details of books for young people about Shakespeare, and retellings of his plays, plus ideas for discussion and fun activities.

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20 Feb 2015

My Heart and Other Black Holes - Reading Group Guide

Aysel and Roman are practically strangers, but they’ve been drawn into an unthinkable partnership. In a month’s time, they plan to commit suicide – together. Aysel knows why she wants to die: being the daughter of a murderer doesn’t equal normal, well-adjusted teenager. But she can’t figure out why handsome, popular Roman wants to end it all….and why he’s even more determined than she is. With the deadline getting closer, something starts to grow between Aysel and Roman – a feeling she never...

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