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Chatterbooks reading groups and book clubs

Since September, The Reading Agency has been working with the Department for Education (DfE), alongside eligible schools library services and local public library services, to introduce more Chatterbooks children's reading groups into primary schools. By March, The Reading Agency anticipates that 200 new Chatterbooks clubs will have been set up in schools across the UK.

This is in response to the suggestions outlined in the DfE's Reading: the next steps report which set out plans to help more primary school pupils become confident readers and discover a love of books, including helping primary schools set up extra-Chatterbooks Childrencurricular book clubs and facilitate library membership.

Chatterbooks clubs are about choosing and chatting about books, in a positive and unpressurised social environment. They are about listening to books being read aloud and enjoying creative activities inspired by books. Chatterbooks clubs are designed for KS2 pupils and can be run by librarians, teachers, teaching assistants, parents and volunteers. Secondary school librarians, young volunteers and sixth formers also run Chatterbooks clubs for primary school pupils.

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Interested in setting up a Chatterbooks club?

Download the quick guide to setting up a book club.

Sign up to the Chatterbooks network for more information.

Visit www.chatterbooks.org.uk to find out more about running children's book clubs and to try out some of the themed Chatterbooks packs which include activities, book recommendations and discussion ideas.

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