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11 Sep 2017

Jake in Space activity sheets - Teacher notes answers

Jake in Space is a series of sci-fi adventure stories for kids. It’s full of action and suspense, plus a little bit of weird stuff. Jake lives in the future. His home base is a space station on Earth but he travels throughout the solar system, solving mysteries and thwarting villains before they can carry out their evil plans. In each story, the Central Intergalactic Agency (CIA) sends its cyborg, Henry, on a secret mission. Jake ends up helping his cyborg friend but things never seem to go...

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11 Sep 2017

Jake in Space activity sheets

Jake in Space is a series of sci-fi adventure stories for kids. It’s full of action and suspense, plus a little bit of weird stuff. Jake lives in the future. His home base is a space station on Earth but he travels throughout the solar system, solving mysteries and thwarting villains before they can carry out their evil plans. In each story, the Central Intergalactic Agency (CIA) sends its cyborg, Henry, on a secret mission. Jake ends up helping his cyborg friend but things never seem to go...

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11 Sep 2017

Chatterbooks FAQs

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

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10 Sep 2017

Dragon's Green - Teacher Resource

Dragon’s Green Dragon’s Green is the first book in the Worldquake sequence, a trilogy of books all about magic and adventure! In Dragon’s Green, Effie and her friends seem to be normal schoolchildren but when they discover their hidden Otherworld strengths, they are catapulted into the adventure of a lifetime! You can read an extract from Dragon’s Green here and also listen to an audio clip here. You can also find out what your magical power might be by taking a fun quiz. Download the...

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06 Sep 2017

Before I Was Yours by Virginia Macgregor

Spark a discussion in your reading group with these questions for Before I Was Yours by Virginia Macgregor – just log in and click download below. About the book Sam and Rosie Keep have always wanted children of their own but life hasn’t worked out that way for them. The only option available to them now is adoption: they’ll do anything to have a child to love. Seven-year-old Jonah is far away from home and his mama promised he’d be looked after in England. But the man...

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06 Sep 2017

Poetry Chatterbooks Activity Pack 2017

To celebrate National Poetry Day on 28 September, we’ve collaborated with the Forward Arts Foundation to create a new Poetry Chatterbooks Activity Pack. National Poetry Day is an initiative of the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates excellence in poetry and widens its audience.

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04 Sep 2017

Royal Society Young People's Book Prize Chatterbooks Pack

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize aims to inspire young people to read about science and promotes the writing of excellent, accessible books for under-14s. We have created a Chatterbooks Pack featuring this year’s shortlisted titles. There are plenty of activities to keep your group interested and engaged with science themed books.

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23 Aug 2017

The Underground Railroad - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017 Man Booker Dozen. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead by clicking below.

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23 Aug 2017

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017 Man Booker Dozen. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy by clicking below.

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23 Aug 2017

Swing Time - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017 Man Booker Dozen. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Swing Time by Zadie Smith by clicking below.

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23 Aug 2017

Solar Bones - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017 Man Booker Dozen. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Solar Bones by Mike McCormack by clicking below.

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23 Aug 2017

Reservoir 13 - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017 Man Booker Dozen. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor by clicking below.

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23 Aug 2017

Home Fire - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017 Man Booker Dozen. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie by clicking below.

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23 Aug 2017

Days Without End - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017 Man Booker Dozen. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Days Without End by Sebastian Barry by clicking below.

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22 Aug 2017

Owl Babies 25th Anniversary book trailer

A trailer for OWL BABIES, the 25th anniversary edition of the classic bedtime picture book from Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. On a tree in the woods, three baby owls, Sarah and Percy and Bill, sit and think and wait for their Owl Mother to come HOME. You can share this trailer for this much-loved classic with your Chatterbooks reading group or in class.

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22 Aug 2017

7 Questions for Paul Whitfield

Paul Whitfield, creator of PIRATE MCSNOTTBEARD answers seven pressing questions about his new book series for children. WARNING: THIS VIDEO MAY CONTAIN MULTIPLE PARROTS. It’s perfect for sharing with your class or reading group! About Pirate McSnottbeard in the Zombie Terror Rampage Before reading this book you should know: 1) Nobody DIES in this book 2) This book is SUPER-SCARY. (That’s REALLY, REALLY scary.) 3) That’s because this book has DINOSAURS, ZOMBIES and WARLOCKS....

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17 Aug 2017

They Came from Planet Zabalooloo! book trailer

Watch out, planet Earth! Zoron, Bazoo and Zob have come from Zabalooloo. They’ve got a supersonic-sucker with shrinker nozzle … and they are ready for an EPIC adventure! Share the trailer for THEY CAME FROM PLANET ZABALOOLOO, the new picture book from Sean Taylor and Kate Hindley, with your class or reading group.

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02 Aug 2017

Women in Translation booklist

August is Women in Translation Month. Only a tiny fraction of fiction published in English is translated, and only about a quarter of that translated fiction was originally written by women. For some reason, fiction in translation by women remains as rare as black diamonds. And yet there are so many amazing women-authored books out there in the world – books we’re missing out on. Here is a list of books by women in translation, as chosen by a group of literary translators.

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24 Jul 2017

Podcasts for Book Lovers

We’ve put together a list of our favourite reading related podcasts for you to enjoy. From celebrity storytelling to a tour of the fascinating connections between Shakespeare and the world around us, there should be something to suit all tastes.

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22 Jul 2017

You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood - discussion questions

An unnamed defendant is accused of murder. Before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and gives his own defence. His barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe. But if he’s going to go down for life, he wants to tell the truth. As he talks us through the evidence, his life is in our hands. We, the reader – member of the jury – must listen to his story. His defence raises many questions. But in the end, only...

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22 Jul 2017

You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood - read a sample

An unnamed defendant is accused of murder. Before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and gives his own defence. His barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe. But if he’s going to go down for life, he wants to tell the truth. As he talks us through the evidence, his life is in our hands. We, the reader – member of the jury – must listen to his story. His defence raises many questions. But in the end, only...

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16 Jul 2017

Children's University

Find out how children can earn Children’s University hours by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge and Chatterbooks groups.

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07 Jul 2017

5 Questions for author Alison Croggon - video

Walker Books asked Alison Croggon, author of the bestselling Books of Pellinor series, five questions, including why she chose to return to the world of Pellinor in her prequel novel, The Bone Queen. Watch the video to find out more about Alison’s writing process and her inspirations!

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07 Jul 2017

Pink Lion book trailer

Arnold blends right in with his bright pink flamingo family. Then a growling gang of lions stops by and tells Arnold he should be more lion-like, just like them. Share the trailer for Pink Lion, a bold and colourful picture book with a heart-warming story about always being yourself, with your class or reading group.

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07 Jul 2017

Ellie and Lump activity sheets

Download these fun Ellie and Lump activity sheets to share with your Chatterbooks group or in class. This download includes a maze and drawing activity.

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07 Jul 2017

King of the Sky activity sheets

Download these beautifully illustrated activity sheets inspired by King of the Sky to share with your Chatterbooks group or in class

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07 Jul 2017

Mrs Mole, I'm Home activity sheets

Download these fun activity sheets inspired by Mrs Mole, I’m Home! to share with your Chatterbooks group

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03 Jul 2017

Animal Agents Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Here is a Chatterbooks activity pack to accompany this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Animal Agents. It features some of the fabulous books in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge collection.

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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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