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28 Nov 2016

Cosy Winter Reads - Chatterbooks Booklist

Check out these winter reads from our children’s publisher partners. There are books for all ages, plus discussion and activity ideas for your Chatterbooks group.

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28 Nov 2016

Cosy Winter Reads - Chatterbooks Activity Pack

In this Chatterbooks activity pack you’ll find cosy, familiar, and magical stories to keep out the winter chill – and adventures in snow and ice bringing shivers and thrills and wonder. There are books for all ages, plus discussion and activity ideas for your Chatterbooks group, inspired by these winter reads from our children’s publisher partners.

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22 Nov 2016

The Graces by Laure Eve - read an extract

Read an exclusive extract from The Graces by Laure Eve. Everyone said the Graces were witches. They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair. They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different. All I had to do was show them that person was me. Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. Desperate to...

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22 Nov 2016

Thin Air by Michelle Paver - read an extract

Read an exclusive extract of the chilling and dark Thin Air by Michelle Paver. It is 1935, and young medic Stephen Pearce travels to India to join an expedition with his brother, Kits. The elite team of five will climb Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain and one of mountaineering’s biggest killers. No one has scaled it before, and they are, quite literally, following in the footsteps of one of the most famous mountain disasters of all time – the 1906 Lyell Expedition. Five men...

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17 Nov 2016

Holding by Graham Norton - read an extract

Read an exclusive extract from Graham Norton’s debut novel, Holding. Duneen is a quiet place, far enough from the big towns to have kept its own rhythms. Its residents include cast down policeman PJ who lives a lonely, uneventful life punctuated only by the next meal – until now; the beautiful and mysterious family of three spinster sisters each with their own secrets and sorrows; and of course, the town’s gossip who think she knows the answers. When a grim discovery is made on a...

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17 Nov 2016

You Will Not Have My Hate - read an extract

Read an extract from the powerful and moving You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris. On 13th November 2015, Antoine Leiris’s wife, Hélène, was killed, along with 88 other people at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, when three men armed with guns and suicide bombs opened fire on the unsuspecting crowd at a rock concert. Three days later, Antoine wrote an open letter addressed to his wife’s killers, which he published on Facebook. The whole world was in mourning for the victims, but Leiris...

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17 Nov 2016

Peaks and Troughs by Nick Perry - read an extract

We have an exclusive extract for you to read from Peaks and Troughs by Nick Perry. Peaks and Troughs is the story of a naïve young man who is initiated into adulthood through the harsh reality of having to survive in the material world. Despite the hardships, he never loses his belief that there is an alternative way to farm that is sympathetic to the earth and the animals in his care. His neighbours never take him seriously and try to undermine his efforts as he struggles against the...

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17 Nov 2016

Peaks and Troughs by Nick Perry - discussion questions

We have some discussion questions for your reading group about Peaks and Troughs by Nick Perry. Peaks and Troughs is the story of a naïve young man who is initiated into adulthood through the harsh reality of having to survive in the material world. Despite the hardships, he never loses his belief that there is an alternative way to farm that is sympathetic to the earth and the animals in his care. His neighbours never take him seriously and try to undermine his efforts as he struggles...

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17 Nov 2016

The Zoo by Isobel Charman - discussion questions

We have some discussion questions for your reading group about non-fiction book The Zoo by Isobel Charman. The creation of a zoo in Dickensian London – the first ‘zoo’ in history – is a story of jaw-dropping audacity. It is the story of trailblazing scientists, rival keepers and aristocratic naturalists collecting amazing animals from all around the world – and sending them to what was dubbed ‘the ark’ by the mocking press. Telling this almost unbelievable true story, Isobel Charman...

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17 Nov 2016

The Zoo by Isobel Charman - read an extract

We have an exclusive extract for you to read from non-fiction book The Zoo by Isobel Charman. The creation of a zoo in Dickensian London – the first ‘zoo’ in history – is a story of jaw-dropping audacity. It is the story of trailblazing scientists, rival keepers and aristocratic naturalists collecting amazing animals from all around the world – and sending them to what was dubbed ‘the ark’ by the mocking press. Telling this almost unbelievable true story, Isobel Charman depicts a highly...

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03 Nov 2016

Chatterbooks Newsletter

The latest Chatterbooks Newsletter. This November newsletter celebrates National Non-Fiction November.

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02 Nov 2016

Pamela Butchart activity pack

This Chatterbooks activity pack celebrates eight hilarious books from author Pamela Butchart and publisher Nosy Crow. Meet Pugly, the pug with great ideas who is ready for (almost!) anything; and Peri (aka Petunia Perry), Cammy, their band the Spoons, and the wonderful cat, Margaret. And in the Baby Aliens series you’ll find Izzy, Zack, Jodie and Maisie, and the hilarious situations they get into – inspired by their boundless imaginations!

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02 Nov 2016

StoryWorlds Nature drawing competition

Encourage your Chatterbooks group to draw their own animal story to celebrate National Non-Fiction November this month. The best entry will win a bundle of 360 Degree books from publisher Little Tiger and a colour chancing bag from Squid London. Simply download the competition flier and send back to the Reading Agency by 9 December.

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01 Nov 2016

Behind the scenes of 'Children Just Like Me'

In this behind the scenes video, non-fiction book designer Fiona and editor Sam explain how books get made at DK and share some special moments from the making of Children Just Like Me

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01 Nov 2016

National Non-Fiction November - DK booklist

Enjoy these great titles from DK – part of National Non-Fiction November’s 100 Brilliant Non-Fiction Books for Children and Young People

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01 Nov 2016

National Non-Fiction November poster

Celebrate National Non-Fiction November with this poster featuring 100 brilliant non-fiction titles for children and young people

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31 Oct 2016

Wonderful Non-Fiction - Chatterbooks Activity Pack

This Chatterbooks activity pack gives you a treasure chest of wonderful non-fiction titles from our Children’s Reading Partners publisher partners, plus lots of ideas for activities and discussion with your Chatterbooks groups. Enjoy these bright and vibrant books, full of fascinating information – and celebrate this year’s National Non-Fiction November!

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31 Oct 2016

Get to know the Dewey Decimal Classification system

A brief PowerPoint slide show to help you understand how the Dewey Decimal Classification system works in your library

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27 Oct 2016

The Falcon Chronicles Activity Pack

Download this fact-filled pack based on Steve Backshall’s series The Falcon Chronicles. This resource contains animal fact files, word puzzles, activity sheets and more!

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27 Oct 2016

Middle School video trailer

Watch the latest trailer for James Patterson’s Middle School series

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26 Oct 2016

Wonderful Non-Fiction - Chatterbooks Booklist

Enjoy this great selection of information books on all kinds of subjects.

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13 Oct 2016

King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor Competition sheet

Competition for children. Draw an arch enemy below for your chance to win £50 worth of book tokens for you and £100 pounds worth of books for your library! Don’t forget to give them a name and a Kingdom…

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13 Oct 2016

Gordon's Brilliant Balloon Activities

Celebrate the release of Gordon’s Great Escape, the new book by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet, with this brilliant balloon activity kit!

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07 Oct 2016

Thorfinn The Nicest Viking activity sheets

Download these fun Thorfinn The Nicest Viking activity sheets for your Chatterbooks group, including colouring sheets, secret codes and finding our your viking name!

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06 Oct 2016

A First Book of Animals poems

To celebrate National Poetry Day we have five wonderful animal poems from A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies, beautifully illustrated by Petr Horacek (Walker Books). This book is filled with wonderful animals and poems, including beetles, koalas and flamingos – share them with your Chatterbooks group today!

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04 Oct 2016

Little Gems Chatterbooks activity pack

This pack is all about Little Gems – the series of books from publisher Barrington Stoke especially for children aged 5 to 8 years of age. Little Gems are lovely books written by favourite authors. They are high quality stories presented in an attractive chunky format. Unique accessibility features support all early readers on their journey to reading independence, and cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

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03 Oct 2016

We Found A Hat Activity Sheets

This kit for Jon Klassen enthusiasts everywhere features all your favorite hat-obsessed, shifty-eyed animals in fun activities, from drawing to mazes.

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20 Sep 2016

Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton Book Trailer

From the multi-award winning picture book maker of A Bit Lost, Oh No, George! And Shh! We Have a Plan, comes a stunningly illustrated bedtime book, perfect for sending toddlers off to dreamland. With Chris’ signature block colour design, we are introduced to bears, deer, rabbits and teeny, tiny mice – who are all beginning to feel really … rather … tired … YAWN!

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19 Sep 2016

Chatterbooks Week Press Release Template

This pack is designed to help you promote your Chatterbooks Week activities locally. It includes a press release template and a social media guide.

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19 Sep 2016

Chatterbooks Week Social Media Card

We’ve teamed up with Walker Books to create a social media card for Chatterbooks Week. Print out this card and share the book that made you a “Child of Books” on social media.

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