Friday, 22 September 2017

Chatterbooks Story Project for Libraries' Week

Wow! The 4 Chatterbooks Groups that have started our collaborative story-writing project for Libraries' Week have come up with some fantastic openings and we can't wait to see how the stories continue.

Dittons, Guildford, Redhill and Woking groups were all given the same opening sentences of a story and have each taken it in their own direction.  We now have mysterious squeaks and cackles, thunder and lightning, a mysterious hooded figure, a transparent wall with nothing but black beyond, and even a robotic cat!

Now it's time for Chertsey, Cranleigh, Dorking and Reigate groups to continue the stories that have been passed to them.  We can't wait to read the next instalments!

Keep a look out on the Chatterbooks blog for more updates on the project, and the finished stories.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Over the summer we have read lots of different books. Here is a display of our kite book reviews.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Animal Agents at Chertsey Chatterbooks

Chertsey Chatterbooks celebrated the start of Summer Reading Challenge this week. Everyone is really excited about signing up for the challenge and helping the Animal Agents solve the library mystery. 

Why don't you sign up too and join the fun?

You can sign up at any Surrey Library and have until 15th September to complete the challenge.

This month we talked about mysteries and what makes a good mystery story before choosing our books. The books all came from the Reading Agency Animal Agents reading list. Here's what we picked...

We also had time for some of the fantastic Animal Agents activities sheets and everyone completed the Animal Agents library treasure hunt. 

We've now got a short break for the summer and will be back in September to share more great books and book related activities.

Are you interested in joining Chertsey Chatterbooks?

Come into Chertsey Library and ask to join our waiting list.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

This month we read books by Enid Blyton. Our main book was 'The Secret Seven' so we made 'Kerry Blue' lucky horseshoes.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Would you read the book before or after you watch the movie?

This month at Chertsey Chatterbooks we were considering just that.
So many great children’s books have also been made into fantastic movies. Can you think of some?

Here are a few we thought about
Swallow and Amazons
The Jungle Book
Alice in Wonderland
Diary of a Wimpey Kid… and… Roddrick Rules… and Dog Days… and… the Long Haul…
How to train your dragon Book 1… and Book 2… and… Book 3…
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief… and… The Sea of Monsters
And all the Harry Potter Books

And, coming soon…
The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Have you seen any of these?
Did you prefer the book or the movie?
We had a great discussion about films and books and then, continuing the theme, we had a lively game of charades.

We also talked about Summer Reading Challenge.
Did you know its only two weeks until the launch on Saturday 15 July?
Why not visit your local library on or after 15 July and you can sign up for the challenge.

During our meeting we joined up to the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge website so we can use the ‘book sorter’ to find new books, take part in games and competitions, write reviews about the books we have read and earn rewards. Its easy and safe to sign up at

Saturday, 10 June 2017

This month we read 'Doctor Bonkers' written by Jeremy Strong and illustrated by Rowan Clifford. We also made a time capsule.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Sport's Day at Chertsey Chatterbooks

It’s that time of year again and with Sport’s Days looming we were talking about all things sporting at Chertsey Chatterbooks this week.

We played sports charades which was lots of fun and not competitive at all! Then had a game of pass the ‘ball’ with a difference. Standing in a circle we had to say someone’s name and then throw the ‘ball’ very carefully to that person who had to catch it carefully then…

…open it anywhere and read a sentence from the page!

That’s right, the 'ball’ was an old book which had previously been withdrawn from service in the library and was now given a new lease of life as a ball. Please note though, great care was taken and no books were harmed during this game.

We were all winners after our sporting efforts with the ‘ball’ so we made our own winners medals from chocolate coins, stickers and ribbon.

Then down to the business of the day – choosing a book about sports to read before our next meeting. Top choices this month were:

Big Nate – Game on! by Lincoln Peirce
Let’s Play! Poems about Sports and Games from around the World by Debjani Chatterjee
Palamino pony rides out by Olivia Tuffin
Gymnastics by James Nixon
Francesca the Football Fairy by Daisy Meadows
Handsprings and Homework by Jane Lawes
Summertime and Somersaults by Jane Lawes