Resources

12 Feb 2016

Shakespeare Chatterbooks activity pack

Hark! Here is a special Chatterbooks activity pack for Shakespeare Week 2016, 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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12 Feb 2016

Marcia Williams video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Marcia Williams talks Tales From Shakespeare

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12 Feb 2016

World Book Day 2016 Chatterbooks activity pack

To help you celebrate World Book Day 2016, here’s our World Book Day Chatterbooks activity pack. It includes tips for running Chatterbooks reading clubs, and ideas for a special World Book Day session. There are loads of activities you can use, inspired by the ten World Book Day £1 books – there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone.

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11 Feb 2016

Little Legends discussion notes

Introducing the brilliant new series by Tom Percival, Little Legends. In this discussion guide meet the characters of Tale Town: Jack, Anansi, Red and Rapunzel. Plus, discussion points and activity suggestions for your Chatterbooks group.

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10 Feb 2016

Home by Carson Ellis video

In this video from Walker Books, travel to the home of author and illustrator Carson Ellis, creator of the picture book Home, and explore her beautiful art and story.

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09 Feb 2016

Flyer - Join the Library

Use this flyer to encourage parents to sign their children up as members of their local library.

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03 Feb 2016

Pet Favourites Chatterbooks activity pack

In this Chatterbooks pack you’ll find a mix of stories about all kinds of pets – real, imaginary and magical. There are ideas for discussion and activities about favourite pets, famous fictional pets, and caring for your pet.

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03 Feb 2016

M G Leonard video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month M G Leonard talks Beetle Boy

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03 Feb 2016

Publishing Scotland Chatterbooks activity pack

Here’s a brilliant variety pack featuring children’s books from five of the publishers in Publishing Scotland, the network, trade and development body for the book publishing sector in Scotland. Filled with picture books, longer fiction, books for young children through to teenage, several of them inspired by Scottish places, Scottish people and Scottish history and traditional stories.

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03 Feb 2016

A Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond Quick Reads learning resource

A learning resource for readers and practitioners to accompany the Quick Read A Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond

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29 Jan 2016

Reading for Pleasure and Reading Circles for Adult Emergent Readers

Reading for Pleasure and Reading Circles for Adult Emergent Readers aims to provide practical tips and things to think about for anyone interested in running a reading group of any kind – librarians, community workers, teachers and non-teachers, including anyone working with people who may see themselves as new to reading or new to reading in English. The author, Sam Duncan, is Senior Lecturer in Adult Education and Literacies at UCL Institute of Education. She is also the creator of the...

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15 Jan 2016

Sean Taylor reads A Brave Bear video

In this video from Walker Books, author Sean Taylor reads A Brave Bear, a heart-warming picture book inspired by the little moments that pass between dads and sons, relishing the very simple pleasures of life on a hot summer’s day, with absolutely stunning illustrations by Emily Hughes.

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06 Jan 2016

Knightley & Son Chatterbooks video trailer competition

Bloomsbury are launching a fun new competition for Chatterbooks groups in celebration of the latest book in their Knightley & Son adventure mystery series, 3 of a Kind. Does your group like reading and reviewing books? Are your Chatterbooks group keen filmmakers? If yes, this is the competition for them! Your Mission: Read 3 of a Kind and make a video trailer for the book. To help you on your way, down load the Trailer Tips sheet and the T&Cs.

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05 Jan 2016

Fantastic Creatures 2016 Chatterbooks activity pack

Happy 2016! To start off the new year in style we have special new Chatterbooks activity pack. You’ll find stories – and facts – about all kinds of amazing and fantastic creatures: beautiful or monstrous, loveable or scary, all of them inspiring your imagination.

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05 Jan 2016

'Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar' by Emily MacKenzie

National Libraries Day is fast approaching, so Bloomsbury wanted to remind you that everyone’s favourite library-loving rabbit is on hand to help. Download the activity pack here for your Chatterbooks group! Also, if you’d like a Ralfy Rabbit library poster drop Emma Bradshaw an email and let her know how many you want and where they should be sent.

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02 Jan 2016

Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons! video

This video trailer for Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons! (Walker Books) sees our hero embark on a new adventure!

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17 Dec 2015

Public Library & Other Stories by Ali Smith - Competition Image for Twitter

Public Library & Other Stories Competition Image for Twitter In the run up to National Libraries Day, and to celebrate the publication of Public Library and Other Stories by the great and talented Ali Smith, Penguin and The Reading Agency invite you to join in the #MyPublicLibrary competition! The competition Launching on 4 January, simply tweet or Instagram a picture of yourself with a favourite book you discovered at a library using the hashtag #MyPublicLibrary to be in with a chance of...

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17 Dec 2015

Public Library & Other Stories by Ali Smith - Competition Image for Facebook

Public Library & Other Stories Competition Image for Facebook In the run up to National Libraries Day, and to celebrate the publication of Public Library and Other Stories by the great and talented Ali Smith, Penguin and The Reading Agency invite you to join in the #MyPublicLibrary competition! The competition Launching on 4 January, simply tweet or Instagram a picture of yourself with a favourite book you discovered at a library using the hashtag #MyPublicLibrary to be in with a chance...

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17 Dec 2015

Public Library & Other Stories by Ali Smith - Competition Image for Instagram

Public Library & Other Stories competition image for Instagram In the run up to National Libraries Day, and to celebrate the publication of Public Library and Other Stories by the great and talented Ali Smith, Penguin and The Reading Agency invite you to join in the #MyPublicLibrary competition! The competition Launching on 4 January, simply tweet or Instagram a picture of yourself with a favourite book you discovered at a library using the hashtag #MyPublicLibrary to be in with a chance...

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01 Dec 2015

Fireside Fiction Chatterbooks activity pack

Here is our fabulous Fireside Fiction pack for Chatterbooks groups this December. You’ll find really good reads, and really good stories to share out loud. Stories about Christmas and winter; stories to take you far away from the wind and the rain and the cold – to fantasy worlds and adventures; stories which have been shared through generations; stories to curl up by the fire with, and stories to tell each other when you’re gathered round the fireside.

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29 Nov 2015

Chatterbooks Information for Schools

An introduction to Chatterbooks clubs for schools – the benefits and how to get involved.

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28 Nov 2015

Eva Ibbotson Chatterbooks activity pack

This pack celebrates eight fantastic books by Eva Ibbotson, and one by her son Toby Ibbotson. Full of ghosts, ghouls, ogres and all kinds of magical creatures and monsters! Some are beautiful, some are weird and grotesque, some are horribly scaring, but all of them are in some way are endearing, funny and friendly.

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17 Nov 2015

Timelines & Time Travel Chatterbooks activity pack

This special Chatterbooks activity pack features three books published by Quarto Kids full of facts and illustrations covering a wide canvas of events and presenting them in clear and accessible timelines. It is filled with discussion and activity ideas for your Chatterbooks group

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13 Nov 2015

Wild Wood library treasure hunt worksheet

The Secrets of the Wild Wood is the gripping, spellbinding story of Sir Tiuri’s quest to find out what lies beneath the mysterious stories about the Wild Wood. This worksheet from Pushkin is a special Wild Wood library treasure hunt! The winners of the Secrets of the Wild Wood library treasure hunt will receive a free copy of the book. For more details download the worksheet.

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10 Nov 2015

Where's Wally Colouring Adventure video

Join in the #wallycolouringchallenge with the Where’s Wally Colouring Book, from Walker Books

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02 Nov 2015

Making Music Chatterbooks activity pack

This Chatterbooks pack is all about Making Music – with reading and activity ideas for playing, creating and enjoying music in all kinds of ways! It includes stories, poetry and non-fiction titles for you to enjoy with your group, as well as ideas for discussion and for music, dancing and singing activities.

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22 Oct 2015

How to Train Your Dragon Chatterbooks activity pack

For twelve exciting years children have been on a rollercoaster ride of adventure with Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, and Toothless the dragon, sharing in the ups and (scary) downs of Hiccup’s many quests. On the way, we meet heroes and villains, and the most amazing array of dragons of all shapes, sizes and skills. Here is a special Chatterbooks pack celebrating all the ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ books.

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22 Oct 2015

Cressida Cowell video

An interview with Cressida Cowell, author of the How To Train Your Dragon series

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12 Oct 2015

Knitbone Pepper Chatterbooks activity pack

Here’s a pack about a special ghost dog called Knitbone Pepper, his beloved owner Winnie, and his ghostly animal friends. Knitbone Pepper is the first book in a new series by Claire Barker, with illustrations by Ross Collins. Enjoy these Knitbone Pepper discussion ideas and activities with your Chatterbooks group!

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12 Oct 2015

Spine-tinglers Chatterbooks activity pack

In this Chatterbooks activity pack there are lots of different books with stories that are scary, absorbing, funny, or fantastic – all of them with something special. Perfect for Halloween.

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