National Poetry Day will soon be here again – this year it’s on October 8th, perfectly placed to be part of our celebration of Chatterbooks week from the 3rd to the 10th October 2015. In this Chatterbooks Poetry pack we’re looking especially at poetry for younger children and also at a dynamic poetry session with Chatterbooks children in Hackney which we hope gives you lots of ideas!
This Funny Fiction Chatterbooks pack is packed with reading recommendations: books which are rib-tickling, chuckle-making or straight-out laugh-out-loud funny – plus Funny Fiction discussion and activity ideas for your Chatterbooks groups.
If your Chatterbooks childrens’ reading group is taking part in the Star Reviewers scheme to review new books, then take a look at these top tips to get your group writing super Star Reviews!
Molly Maybe has a marvellous secret – she and her dog Waggy Burns are the only ones who can travel to an amazing monster world, which mirrors our own. Download four fantastic activity sheets for your Chatterbooks group!
Check out our brilliant new Chatterbooks activity pack filled with special group activities from our brilliant Chatterbooks champions. We have activities from Guy Bass, Elen Caldecott, Steve Cole, Lari Don, Jonathan Meres, Tom Palmer, and Ali Sparkes. There’s something for everyone, and guaranteed fun!
Download these Top Trumps cards from Chatterbooks Champion Tom Palmer’s Rugby Academy series.
Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Tom Palmer talks about his Rugby Academy series
Read an extract from our Chatterbooks Champion Steve Cole’s latest book, Stop Those Monsters!
Get a sneak peek of the latest books by our wonderful and brilliant Chatterbooks Champions, including Tom Palmer, Guy Bass and Elen Caldecott.
Meet Compton Valance and his best friend Bryan Nylon, and join them in their mind-boggling time-travel adventures – all begun because they left a cheese-and-pickled-egg sandwich in a lunchbox for thirteen weeks! This pack gives information and tasters from the books, suggestions for more reading around the books’ key themes, and lots of discussion and activity ideas for your Chatterbooks group.
Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Matt Brown talks Compton Valance
Here are some tips we’ve collected from experts on how to start a reading group. Remember to check Reading Groups for Everyone for the latest news and offers. 1. The ideal group size is between eight and ten, this is large enough to allow for no-shows and small enough to make sure everyone can have their say. 2. Monthly meetings work well because it gives everyone a chance to read the book. 3. Libraries, bookshops, cafes and pubs are all ideal venues for advertising your group. 4. You...
Find out about Lottery Boy and it’s author Michael Byrne in this great reading guide. Includes discussion topics and questions from the author.
The themes in The Great Outdoors Chatterbooks activity pack include outdoor activities and adventures: gardening, camping, hiking, sport, picnics; nature and wildlife; exploring new places and environments; enjoying, sharing and making the most of the world we live in. Something fun for everyone!
Here’s a Chatterbooks pack full of books and ideas about art –to inspire your groups in their reading and talking about and enjoyment of art, and in being artists themselves.
An easy, step-by-step activity sheet teaching children how to draw a leopard. Perfect for arty Chatterbooks sessions!
Delve into David Wiesner’s book Art and Max with your Chatterbooks group using these discussion points.
This special James Patterson pack is full of fun activities for Chatterbooks groups: write your own comic, design your own cut-out bookmark, crosswords puzzles and much more!
In this Chatterbooks pack we offer a list of some favourite children’s book classics and ask ‘What do you think is a classic book?’ You will find discussion and activity ideas relating to the books in our pack, and a mix of titles featured in more detail, including retellings, picture book favourites, newer titles, and examples from some of the different series of children’s classics.
We have two activity sheets for you to download from Usborne’s creative book Write Your Own Storybook. Perfect for Chatterbooks children’s reading clubs.
A Whisper of Wolves is the first title in an exciting new 4-part fantasy series, Guardians of the Wild, by début author Kris Humphrey. It’s especially for young pre-teen readers – an adventure encompassing animal companionship, courage, and protection of the wild and everything that lives in it. Here is a Chatterbooks pack for your reading groups with discussion and activity ideas exploring the themes and characters in this book, plus a list of more reading ideas.
This year National Reading Group Day takes place on Saturday 20 June. Download the logo to join in the celebrations.
Hark! Here is a special Chatterbooks activity pack for Shakespeare Week 2015 – Celebrate in Libraries with details of books for young people about Shakespeare, and retellings of his plays, plus ideas for discussion and fun activities.
Aysel and Roman are practically strangers, but they’ve been drawn into an unthinkable partnership. In a month’s time, they plan to commit suicide – together. Aysel knows why she wants to die: being the daughter of a murderer doesn’t equal normal, well-adjusted teenager. But she can’t figure out why handsome, popular Roman wants to end it all….and why he’s even more determined than she is. With the deadline getting closer, something starts to grow between Aysel and Roman – a feeling she never...
This is an activity pack about all kinds of things Green. It has green men and green creatures, and explores the colour green – but it is especially about learning and caring about the world we live in.
Want books that make you laugh? Here are four great books in Macmillan’s Gobstoppers collection which were new in 2015, plus ideas for activities in your Chatterbooks reading group.
Andy and Terry need help finishing their treehouse! Print out this poster to help them complete their amazing 13 storey treehouse.
It’s twenty years since the publication of Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, one of the world’s bestselling and best loved picture books. Walker have put together this brilliant storytime kit for libraries to celebrate!
Here’s our 2015 World Book Day Chatterbooks activity pack. It includes tips for running Chatterbooks children’s reading clubs, and ideas for a special World Book Day session. Look out for our new World Book Day activity pack coming in 2016.
In this Chatterbooks Alien Invasion pack are stories about other beings and other worlds – and about how this earth might seem to travellers from other planets! An activity pack filled with out-of-this-world fun for your Chatterbooks groups to read and talk about – plus further book suggestions, and activity and discussion ideas for your group.