November 7 is National Non-Fiction Day and to celebrate we’ve created an amazing info challenge activity pack filled with all kinds of wild and crazy (and true!) information. The pack is bursting with activities guaranteed to boggle your mind with the most fascinating and unusual facts.
Here is our Chatterbooks activity pack all about the wonderful (if maybe at times unfair) World of Norm by Jonathan Meres.
Download these fabulous Elmer activity sheets and help him get his colour back!
This Chatterbooks activity pack takes a look at comic books and cartoons – and lots of other graphic ways of telling stories. As well as a wealth of reading suggestions there are ideas for discussion and group activities – including making your own comic books, and being superheroes!
Anyone should be able to join or set up a reading group whether blind, partially sighted or sighted. Here a few helpful tips from RNIB to consider. Venue Location is key – if difficult to access or find it may mean a blind or partially sighted person cannot attend. Do any members have another disability such as being hearing impaired or a wheel chair user? Consider if there will be any carers or guide dogs which could affect space. Set the room in predictable fashion to make it easier...
Sarah Davis, reader development coordinator at Greenwich libraries gives us her top tips for running an author event: For the last three years part of my role as the reader development coordinator for Greenwich libraries is to organise as well as to facilitate author events. During this time I have learned that each event is different and even well organised events do not always go according to plan! Here are my tips for running author events: The timing of your event is an important...
There are all sorts of poems – simple, complicated, scary, funny, sad, rhyming ones, limericks, haiku and shaped ones. Many tell stories. Poetry is about using words and language imaginatively and creatively. Everybody can have fun writing and listening to poetry.
This is a pack of reading ideas and activities inspired by P L Travers’ well-loved book Mary Poppins, brought to you by The Reading Agency in partnership with Disney and publisher HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Three Buckle and Squash activity sheets for your Chatterbooks groups: a wordsearch, a draw-your-own, and a design a doorhanger activities.
Download these Scary Tales activity sheets in time for Halloween. Activities include a tutorial on how to fold your own paper bats, a chilling crossword and spooky Bingo.
Sean Carroll’s The Particle at the End of the Universe has been named as the winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2013. The book is published by OneWorld Publications and tells the story of the hunt for the elusive Higgs boson. Sean Carroll said: “I feel enormous gratitude towards the thousands of physicists at the Large Hadron Collider and the millions of people who express their love for science everyday!” Professor Uta Frith, Chair of the judges,...
“It can be daunting setting up a new library teen book club and it can take a while to become popular, so hang on in there. Begin by publicising it; talk to teens in your library and local schools, use social media and produce attractive flyers too. Once the club gets going then give the kids control and listen to them, give them snacks. Make it fun and enjoy it yourself too!” Andy Hodgkinson, young people’s librarian, Gateshead Libraries Whether you are an old hand who...
In November 2011, Poole Library hosted a Skype reading group event, Jennifer Oliver from Poole Library tells us how it happened: In a unique experiment, a Poole Library reading group ‘met’ American author, Rebecca Makkai, and a reading group from the United States via a Skype internet link. The four thousand mile link-up connected Hamworthy Library, Poole, with Vernon Area Public Library, Chicago, across six hours’ time difference. Both groups were meeting to discuss...
Award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves has equipped librarians and reading groups with everything they need to hold spine-chillingly successful murder mystery nights. Having previously written a murder mystery script based on her novel The Glass Room, starring her well-loved detective character, DI Vera Stanhope, for independent bookshops, festivals and public libraries, Ann Cleeves has now produced a special murder mystery night pack. The pack includes her script, a CSI report, and...
We have nearly 2,000 reading groups and book clubs registered on Reading Groups for Everyone – which is really great but we know that there are many, many more out there. Our research found that there were 10,000 reading groups linked to libraries alone! So we’ve been thinking about how we can help you to spread the word about Reading Groups for Everyone to encourage more people to join the website and put their reading groups and book clubs up. The more groups we have on the site...
This activity pack is inspired by everyone’s favourite, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. The pack is jam-full with lots of yummy ideas for your Chatterbooks children’s reading group, plus suggestions for lots more tasty books to read.
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!
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.
This is special activity pack for your Chatterbooks children’s reading groups, all about Cathy Cassidy’s series The Chocolate Box Girls and with the spotlight on Sweet Honey, the latest book in this fab series. This pack is full of great activities for your group to enjoy, plus ideas for discussion topics, details of more books by Cathy, and suggestions for more books to read about sisters, best friends – and chocolate! There’s also a chance to hold chocolate themed...
This Chatterbooks activity pack celebated the 2014 FIFA World Cup by bringing you some great football titles to enjoy – fiction and non-fiction. 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!
In this Chatterbooks Best Friends Forever pack there are stories about besties, gangs and playing out, for your Chatterbooks children’s reading groups to read and talk about – plus further book suggestions, and activity and discussion ideas for your group.
This is our Chatterbooks activity pack celebrating Michael Morpurgo and his two books Private Peaceful and A Medal for Leroy, made for the 100th anniversary of World War One in 2014. The pack is full of thoughtful and engaging activities to get children reading and discussion books.
Ahoy, me Hearties – and shiver me timbers – here be a Chatterbooks pack full of swashbuckling pirate fun, activity ideas and challenges, and great reading suggestions for your Chatterbooks children’s reading group.
We’ve just produced a great Chatterbooks activity pack with publisher Quercus Books full of fun activities to get children reading. This pack is inspired by two absorbing adventures, set in a world being destroyed by human misuse and abuse, where the last creatures have been driven into hiding. They are stories rich with suspense, humour, emotion and thought-provoking content.
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.
This Dragonese Dictionary from Hodder Children’s Books makes a fantastic activity for your Chatterbooks group when looking at the Fantastical Creatures Chatterbooks activity pack.
Our Fantastical Creatures Chatterbooks activity pack is stuffed with fantastical ideas you can use with your Chatterbooks children’s reading clubs. There are activities to inspire Chatterbooks groups to draw their own mystical creatures, create a magical wizard character and to learn how to speak Dragonese.
Check out our super secret Spies and Thrillers activity pack. True to its name, this pack is jam packed with thrilling espionage activities you can use with your Chatterbooks children’s reading groups. There are code-making and code-breaking puzzles, ideas for spy disguises and how to tell and Goodie from a Baddie.
We have just produced a great new children’s reading group activity pack with Macmillan Children’s Books, based around one of their exciting books, Lost Worlds by Andrew Lane. This activity pack is filled with fun ideas, including inventing and naming your own robot and even planning a Free Running route across your town.
Our themed activity pack for this month is Family Fun and Adventures – and it’s bursting with brilliant activities around having adventures with the family. This pack is perfect to use with your Chatterbooks children’s reading groups. Play ‘family bingo’,draw a family portrait and learn how to make your own family tree!