Monday, 9 March 2020

Haslemere Library Chatterbooks

We have now read four of the five books on the Surrey Libraries' Children's Book Award shortlist. The books have prompted quite a lot of discussion from the delights of mouldy cheese to the secrets of growing plants.  Activities, so far, have included writing letters in the style of Picklewitch, designing our own dragons and a snail trail around the library.

Abigail with Night of the Living Ted by Barry Hutchison.

Miriam with The Boy who lived with Dragons by Andy Shepherd.

Amber with Sherlock and the Baker Street Curse by Sam Hearn.

Charlotte with Hotel Flamingo by Alex Milway and a copy of our Library Snail Trail.

A few letters written in Picklewitch style inspired by Picklewitch and Jack by Claire Barker.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Haslemere Library Chatterbooks

Over the New Year we read Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens and a selection of other festive themed titles.  We all wrote a review of our favourite book to add to our notice board for everyone to read.  At the end of the session we took home our first two books from the shortlist of books for the Surrey Libraries' Children's Book Award.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Murder and Mystery

For our first meeting of the new year, we had some very interesting discussions about the book that we had read during the Christmas holiday. Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens was enjoyed by many in the group. It's an atmospheric mystery, set in Cambridge where two friends are spending Christmas and solving a murder!
We even enjoyed some of the Chelsea Buns from Fitzbillie's Tea Room which is mentioned in the book and we ate them with some hot chocolate, whilst we discussed what it was that we found so entertaining about this story.

 This is one of a series of books where the two lead characters, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are amateur sleuths, along with some of their friends.

Our next book is Sherlock and the Baker Street Curse by Sam Hearn and  is one of the books shortlisted in this year’s Surrey Libraries Children’s Book Awards. It is another mystery, but in a different style than we are used to reading. This book is written like a diary, with lots of interesting illustrations quite like a comic. I'm sure we're going to enjoy it.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Reigate Chatterbooks are taking part in the Surrey Libraries Children's Book award 2020.
The first book we have read is The Boy who lived with dragons by Andy Shepherd. We talked about owning a dragon and then made one out of pipe cleaners and scraps from the craft box.

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Haslemere Library Chatterbooks

Yesterday was our last session before Christmas. We have just finished reading Ottoline and The Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. We made Yellow Cat masks and Narnia themed Christmas decorations. 

During December we are reading lots of books including Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens and The Battle for Christmas by Jeremy Strong.

Friday, 29 November 2019

We Love Bookmarks!

Once again, we had another lively meeting of our Chatterbooks group at Weybridge Library. We welcomed some new members which is always great and we caught up with everyone's thoughts about the book that we had just read, Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver. Whilst not everyone thought the book was for them, it certainly generated quite a lot of discussion especially about the plot and the need to concentrate on what was happening as the book is packed full of adventurous twists, some of which are quite unexpected. Our group thought that perhaps it would have been useful to have a list of characters at the beginning of the book that you could check whilst you're reading. It was mostly a positive "thumbs up" for Wolf Brother.

Set mostly in a forest, Wolf Brother has plenty of descriptions of animals and of course, one of the main characters is a wolf! So, we made some origami book marks of animal faces. It was great fun and you can see our efforts below on our next book The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson.

The Light Jar is an adventure story about a young boy Nate and his mum who have to leave their home in the middle of the night, without much explanation. It's an adventure story, from the author of The Goldfish Boy so we were quite excited to start reading this book.

If you happen to be at Weybridge Library over the next couple of weeks, stop and have a look at our Chatterbooks display.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Haslemere Library Chatterbooks

Haslemere Library Chatterbooks have just finished reading 'Witch Wars'.  It is the first book in a series written by Sibeal Pounder and proved very popular.  Younger members of the group read 'The Gunpowder Plot - a time for treason' written by Ann Turnbull.  It is a really exciting story about two girls called Eliza and Lucy who are living in London during the reign of James 1.  We had lots of activities including quizzes, wordsearches and colouring sheets.  At the end we all really enjoyed making 'witch' bookmarks.