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Chatterbooks Book Club

Welcome to the Chatterbooks Book Club Page


Chatterbooks is an internal Book Club run by Mrs Johnson, our librarian/storyteller, in conjunction with The Reading Agency.  They began initially in 2001 and slowly opened up around the country in schools and libraries.  There are now over 800 Chatterbooks groups, with other 10,000 children taking part.  The Reading Agency, a national charity, coordinates the Chatterbooks network and clubs run in schools, libraries, and other settings.  Author and former Children's Laureate, Dame Jacqueline Wilson is the Chatterbooks Ambassador.


The key theme of Chatterbooks reading clubs is reading for pleasure.  The sessions aim to inspire children and young people to read dfiferent kinds of books, develop confidence in talking in a group and to have a good time with fun and creative activities.


Participation in the groups will encourage young people to enjoy reading for its own sake and share their enthusiasm with their peers and their families.  In addition, young people will be increasing their book knowledge and their use of libraries.


Reading for Pleasure and the Chatterbooks model are endorsed by the Department for Education:


"Reading, and discussing what you have read, are cornerstones of education, and the national curriculum aims to encourage all pupils into the habit of reading widely and often.  The government expects teachers to do everything they can to foster a love of reading.  All children should be encouraged to choose and read books indepednetly as they move through primary school and beyond, so they discover writing that interests them, makes them think or makes them laugh - and are inspired to read more."

Department for Education (2015) Reading: the next steps


Here at Winterbourne Earls we run this club at lunchtimes, currently for year 6 only due to the huge popularity of the Club.  A different topic, author or genre of books are the focus for 2 weeks at a time and children are encouraged to read books between sessions related to the topic.  These books are discussed informally during the club, as well as other fun, creative activities.  The focus is to make reading out of school a fun activity, rather than a chore and this in turn will hopefully encourage reading as a hobby throughout life.


Over the last year, we have had lots of fun designing new sweets for Willy Wonka's Factory, Hanging out our Poetry Pants and coming up with New Book Titles and Covers.


This club will start again after half-term on Tuesday lunchtimes.