At this very moment, someone, somewhere in the world, is reading Shakespeare. And, even though he died 400 years ago, someone else is writing about him, or acting in one of his plays. Here, Michael Rosen shares just some of the reasons why Shakespeare is so special, taken from his book What’s So Special About Shakespeare? (Walker Books)
Michael Rosen, author of What’s So Special About Shakespeare? (Walker Books), shares his top 5 everyday phrases that come from Shakespeare’s plays!
Discover Michael Rosen’s favourite Shakespearean insults, from “cream-faced loon” to “Banbury cheese”! You can find out all about these and more in Michael Rosen’s What’s So Special About Shakespeare? (Walker Books)
This pack celebrates the funny and brilliant Dragonsitter series by Josh Lacey and Garry Parsons. Imagine having a full-sized fire-breathing dragon come to stay in your house! These books are perfect for children aged 5 years upwards, to read or have read to them. The stories are short and inviting, written as a series of emails – simply told yet with lots to read between the lines.
Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Josh Lacey talks The Dragonsitter to the Rescue
These Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise activity sheets from Walker Books include Spot the Difference, drawing sheets and a maze
In this video from Walker Books, author Sean Taylor reads his hilarious picture book Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise
These notes for The Darkening Path series by Philip Womack, are filled with ideas for discussion and activities, feature themes from the book and offer suggestions for further reading for your Chatterbooks group.
These notes, with ideas for discussion and activities, cover themes from Impossible!, including relationships between the characters, and aspects of life and theatre at the end of the 1950s, with comparisons to today.
These Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth sheets from Walker Books include spot the difference and colouring in activities.
An alligator who snaps, becomes an alligator who th-naps – this video from Walker Books introduces Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth
Here are two series for children aged eight and upwards – books full of fun and facts, inspired pranking, and inspirational inventiveness! The Frank Einstein series is all about Frank, a kid-genius scientist, his wacky robots, and his amazing creations – you’ll enjoy science, laughter and great stories. And in The Terrible Two you’ll meet Miles and Niles, a hilarious pair whose lives are pledged to pranking. Their story is also about friendship – about fitting in, making your mark, and...
Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Jon Scieszka talks about his Frank Einstein series
These Mango and Bambang: Tapir All At Sea activity sheets from Walker Books include Spot the Difference, drawing sheets and jokes!
This pack is a guide for how to make your own Terrible Two inspired pranking notebook. Plus, with fun activity sheets and reading suggestions.
These I Am Bear activity sheets from Walker Books include a maze, spot the difference and a rhyming puzzle
Meet Bear, the star of I Am Bear, in this fun musical trailer from Walker Books
Download these caped-crusading activity sheets from Orion Children’s Books for their fabulous book Superhero Street by Phil Earle. This pack is jammed with fun activities, including decorating your own superhero mask, a heroic wordsearch and creating your own comic strip.
To celebrate the release of the forthcoming book in the wonderful world of Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet – Supertato: Veggies Assemble – Simon & Schuster is offering libraries the chance to sign up for event packs to hold your very own Supertato celebration! The packs will include activities for all your Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet favourites including Barry, Norman, No-Bot and Supertato! Including activity sheets, stickers, tips and suggestions for your party and MORE! The last date...
Here are eight heart-warming books by Holly Webb, from her much-loved Animal Stories series. The stories are about puppies and kittens – and their experiences in finding and settling into families with their young owners. This pack gives tasters from all the books, suggestions for more reading, and lots of discussion and activity ideas for your Chatterbooks reading groups.
An interview with Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Holly Webb
In this video from Walker Books, author Sean Taylor reads his laugh-out-loud picture book, Don’t Call Me Choochie Pooh!, the story of a small dog fed up of heart-shaped Mini Puppy Treats and being called the most mortifying nicknames!
Watch the trailer for the latest novel by Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale (Walker Books)
Here is a Chatterbooks pack all about the magic of friendship. Friendship is at the heart of so many stories and here are nine great books from Simon and Schuster, all about the different kinds of friends we have, and the different aspects of friendship.
These Migloo’s Day activity sheets from Walker Books include Spot the Difference, a word-search and creative writing activities!
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.
Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Marcia Williams talks Tales From Shakespeare
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.
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.
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.