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03 May 2016

A Whole Life - reading notes

Reading notes for Man Booker International Prize shortlisted book A Whole Life. Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he doesn’t ask for her hand in marriage but instead has some of his friends light her name at dusk across the mountain. When Marie dies in an avalanche, pregnant with their first child, Andreas’ heart is broken. He leaves his valley...

03 May 2016

A General Theory of Oblivion - reading notes

Reading notes for Man Booker International Prize shortlisted book, A General Theory of Oblivion. A wild patchwork of a novel, which tells the story of Angola through Ludo, a woman who bricks herself into her apartment on the eve of Angolan independence. For the next 30 years she lives off vegetables and pigeons, and burns her furniture to stay warm. But the outside world seeps in, through snippets on the radio, voices from next door, glimpses of a man fleeing his pursuers and a note attached...

12 Apr 2016

DKfindout! Chatterbooks activity pack

Here is an introduction to www.dkfindout.com – a great website for young people to search, learn and explore information about their favourite subjects, and all their homework topics. It’s clear, colourful, attractive, and easy to use, with hundreds of information pages plus quizzes, videos and animations.

12 Apr 2016

Thrills, adventures, spies and detectives! Chatterbooks activity pack

Following up on our original Spies and Thrillers Chatterbooks activity pack here is another pack on the same theme, with more great reading, discussion and activity ideas. This pack is geared more to the older children in your group; it does also have reading suggestions which younger children will especially enjoy.

12 Apr 2016

Peter Jay Black video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Peter J Black talks Counterstrike, the thrilling fourth installment in his Urban Outlaws series.

04 Apr 2016

Five Minutes' Peace activity sheets

Celebrating an amazing 30 years, we have fantastic Five Minutes’ Peace activity sheets from Walker Books for your Chatterbooks group. Colouring in sheets and a maze!

24 Mar 2016

The Big Friendly Read Chatterbooks activity pack

This pack contains reading and activity ideas to use in book groups and with whole classes to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! Get ready for The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016, in libraries everywhere.

16 Mar 2016

What's So Special About Shakespeare? video

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)

16 Mar 2016

Five everyday phrases from Shakespeare video

Michael Rosen, author of What’s So Special About Shakespeare? (Walker Books), shares his top 5 everyday phrases that come from Shakespeare’s plays!

16 Mar 2016

Top 10 Shakespearean Insults video

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)

15 Mar 2016

Dragonsitter series Chatterbooks activity pack

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.

15 Mar 2016

Josh Lacey video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Josh Lacey talks The Dragonsitter to the Rescue

14 Mar 2016

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise activity sheets

These Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise activity sheets from Walker Books include Spot the Difference, drawing sheets and a maze

14 Mar 2016

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise video

In this video from Walker Books, author Sean Taylor reads his hilarious picture book Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

10 Mar 2016

The Darkening Path teacher notes

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.

10 Mar 2016

Impossible! teacher notes

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.

09 Mar 2016

Alan's Big, Scary Teeth activity sheets

These Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth sheets from Walker Books include spot the difference and colouring in activities.

09 Mar 2016

Alan's Big, Scary Teeth video

An alligator who snaps, becomes an alligator who th-naps – this video from Walker Books introduces Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth

08 Mar 2016

Frank Einstein and The Terrible Two Chatterbooks pack

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 about...

08 Mar 2016

Jon Scieszka video

Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Jon Scieszka talks about his Frank Einstein series

05 Mar 2016

Mango and Bambang: Tapir All At Sea activity sheets

These Mango and Bambang: Tapir All At Sea activity sheets from Walker Books include Spot the Difference, drawing sheets and jokes!

04 Mar 2016

Terrible Two pranking notebook

This pack is a guide for how to make your own Terrible Two inspired pranking notebook. Plus, with fun activity sheets and reading suggestions.

01 Mar 2016

I Am Bear activity sheets

These I Am Bear activity sheets from Walker Books include a maze, spot the difference and a rhyming puzzle

01 Mar 2016

I Am Bear video trailer

Meet Bear, the star of I Am Bear, in this fun musical trailer from Walker Books

25 Feb 2016

Superhero Street activity sheets

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.

24 Feb 2016

Free Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet activity pack

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 for...

23 Feb 2016

Holly Webb Chatterbooks activity pack

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.

23 Feb 2016

Holly Webb video

An interview with Summer Reading Challenge Author of the Month Holly Webb

20 Feb 2016

Sean Taylor reads Choochie Pooh video

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!

19 Feb 2016

Raymie Nightingale video trailer

Watch the trailer for the latest novel by Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale (Walker Books)

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