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06 Oct 2017

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club - Make an igloo craft activity

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club It sounded like a respectable and worthy enough death for an explorer – tumbling from an ice bridge to be impaled upon a mammoth tusk – but Stella really, really didn’t want that to happen, just the same. Join Stella Starflake Pearl and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs and carnivorous cabbages… When Stella and...

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05 Oct 2017

Witches and Wizards Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Get in the mood for Halloween with this month’s Witches & Wizards Chatterbooks Activity Pack. There are activities, discussion questions and further reading, inspired by our favourite magical characters.

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04 Oct 2017

Amazing Animals Chatterbooks pack

As it is #WorldAnimalDay we are highlighting a brilliant Amazing Animals Chatterbooks pack that we have. Here are some great stories and picture books about all kinds of animals, plus ideas for activities in your Chatterbooks reading group. Download the pack and enjoy the many activities with your group. Please send through any photos or feedback from your group to Kimberley.Sheehan@readingagency.org.uk.

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04 Oct 2017

Witch for a Week - a brilliant book trailer

Witch for a Week Here is a trailer for a new magical adventure from Kaye Umansky, the bestselling author of the much loved children’s classic Pongwiffy. The book is all about Elsie Pickles and is brought to life with charming illustrations from Ashley King. To celebrate the start of this spellbinding new series, Simon & Schuster have an exciting competition this autumn. To celebrate the start of this spellbinding new series, Simon & Schuster have an exciting competition this...

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29 Sep 2017

Luna Loves Library Day - reviews activity

Award-winning performance poet Joseph Coehlo has written his first picture book Luna Loves Library Day, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers, publishing this October. This lovely book is based around Luna loving her special time in the library. What better way to engage children with reading then asking them to review their favourite books and then share these in the library?

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29 Sep 2017

Luna Loves Library Day - wordearch activity sheet

National Libraries Week (9-14 October) is a chance to discover the range of things you can do at your library, from play and learning for children, to managing your health, to accessing wifi and games, to finding a job, a hobby or starting a business. To help children celebrate this week, Andersen Press have created special activity sheets based upon Luna Loves Library Day by Joseph Coehlo. Download this wordsearch and enjoy with your readers.

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29 Sep 2017

Luna Loves Library Day - maze activity sheet

Award-winning performance poet Joseph Coehlo has written his first picture book Luna Loves Library Day, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers, publishing this October. Every week Luna looks forward to one special day. The day when she discovers magic among the library shelves. The day she gets to spend with her dad. To celebrate the release of this very special picture book, Andersen Press have created activity sheets for libraries to use during National Libraries Week (9-14 October).

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29 Sep 2017

Luna Loves Library Day - creating covers activity sheet

“Libraries are more than the buildings or the people or books within them, they are gateways into reading, into writing, into discovering a world beyond that in which we find ourselves. Luna Loves Library Day was inspired by this magic, this vital ability to inspire children, shore up families and heal communities” – Joseph Coehlo National Libraries Week (9-14 October) is rapidly approaching. Andersen Press have created some great activity sheets to help you celebrate in your libraries.

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26 Sep 2017

Travel Booklist

The book loving team at The Reading Agency has put together a list of their favourite travel books.

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24 Sep 2017

Banned Books Week 2017

Every day, across the globe, writers are being censored in a hundred different ways. Some face persecution, others are imprisoned, some have their work banned and some are subject to more insidious means of censorship. We’re sharing a list of frequently banned books put together by the Free Word Centre and partners this Banned Books Week (Sep 24 – Sep 30). Download the list now and make sure you take a look at the other events and activity they have planned around Banned Books...

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21 Sep 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo - what to read next

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. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is one of the six shortlisted titles for 2017. All of the suggested books follow similar themes, styles or settings as Lincoln in the Bardo. You can download the supporting booklist by clicking below.

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21 Sep 2017

Elmet - what to read next

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. Elmet by Fiona Mozley is one of the six shortlisted titles for 2017. All of the suggested books follow similar themes, styles or settings as Elmet. You can download the supporting booklist by clicking below.

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21 Sep 2017

Exit West - what to read next

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. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid is one of the six shortlisted titles for 2017. All of the suggested books follow similar themes, styles or settings as Exit West. You can download the supporting booklist by clicking below.

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21 Sep 2017

History of Wolves - what to read next

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. History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund is one of the six shortlisted titles for 2017. All of the suggested books follow similar themes, styles or settings as History of Wolves. You can download the supporting booklist by clicking below.

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21 Sep 2017

Autumn - what to read next

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. Autumn by Ali Smith is one of the six shortlisted titles for 2017. All of the suggested books follow similar themes, styles or settings as Autumn. You can download the supporting booklist by clicking below.

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21 Sep 2017

4 3 2 1 - what to read next

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. 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster is one of the six shortlisted titles for 2017. All of the suggested books follow similar themes, styles or settings as 4 3 2 1. You can download the supporting booklist by clicking below.

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15 Sep 2017

Owl Babies activity packs

Walker Books have a brilliant pack filled with activities. Owl Babies A gentle tale of three baby owls reassures young children that Mummy will always come home. A gentle tale of three baby owls reassures young children that Mummy will always come home. Three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, wake up one night in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone. So they sit on a branch and wait… Darkness gathers and the owls grow anxious, wondering when their mother will return....

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13 Sep 2017

4 3 2 1 - Readers' Guide

On Wednesday 13 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2017 prize. The 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 excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster by clicking below.

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13 Sep 2017

Autumn - Readers' Guide

On Wednesday 13 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2017 prize. The 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 excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Autumn by Ali Smith by clicking below.

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13 Sep 2017

Elmet - Readers' Guide

On Wednesday 13 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2017 prize. The 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 excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Elmet by Fiona Mozley by clicking below.

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13 Sep 2017

Exit West - Readers' Guide

On Wednesday 13 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2017 prize. The 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 excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Exit West by Mohsin Hamid by clicking below.

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13 Sep 2017

History of Wolves - Readers' Guide

On Wednesday 13 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2017 prize. The 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 excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund by clicking below.

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13 Sep 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo - Readers' Guide

On Wednesday 13 September the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2017 prize. The 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 excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders by clicking below.

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13 Sep 2017

National Poetry Day: a list for reading groups

Celebrate National Poetry Day on 28 September and share a poem with your book group this year. Don’t worry if your group doesn’t tend to read poetry; we’re sharing a brilliant list from the National Poetry Day team of ten recommended poetry books especially for reading groups, along with reading group notes to help spark discussion (coming soon).

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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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