Monday, 29 June 2015

Chatterbooks Chatterday 2015

On Saturday 27th June, the annual Chatterbooks Chatterday took place in the beautiful setting of RHS Garden Wisley.

Children from Surrey's Chatterbooks groups gathered with their families for a morning of fun, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland.  There were lots of Alice-themed activities to try. 

Children could make Mad Hatter hats:

create playing card characters:
make White Rabbit bookmarks:


and have fun with backwards clocks:

There were some amazing fancy dress costumes on show:
And, as always, the Chatterday Quiz was an extremely close contest, eventually won by the Mad Hatters following a tie-break question.
Families were then able to spend a gloriously sunny afternoon looking around the garden, and following the Wisley Alice in Wonderland trail.
We would like to say a big thank-you to RHS Garden Wisley for providing this year's beautiful venue for the Chatterday.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Woking Chatterbooks group


 "H.I.V.E: Higher Institute of Villainous Education"

by Mark Walden for our meeting on 11th June.

We made some posters to promote Chatterbooks next year and played a spy themed memory game.
Our next meeting will be Thursday 9th July at 4pm and the book we will be reading is "Midnight Pirates" by Ally Kennen.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A.F Harrold and Emily Gravett Visit Addlestone Library Chatterbooks

A.F Harrold and Emily Gravett’s
Visit to Addlestone Library

By Daniel T and Billy N

On Monday 13th April Addlestone Library Chatterbooks Group had special access to the library to see the marvellous author A.F Harrold and the spectacular illustrator Emily Gravett. The reason we were allowed to have this one in a million offer was because we entered a specialised competition for Chatterbooks groups only. With some help we created an interesting imaginary friend (Frilly Lilly). Here is a picture of us with Frilly Lilly:

On the day it took only a few jokes to get our mouths pouring out like Niagara Falls with laughter. Mr Harrold told us a very unique poem of other creatures like the tooth fairy (A.F Harrold) asked Billy Nuttall and Daniel Teixeira to create two more creatures, The Beard Troll and The Hair Whatever. The Beard Troll by Billy gave A.F Harrold nightmares. While we were describing The Beard Troll and The Hair Whatever Emily drew them as seen here:

After the session we were then allowed to buy copies of The Imaginary which A.F.Harrold and Emily Gravett signed. The group all had fun and would love to meet both again and wish they could be just as great at their jobs as they are!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

April Woking Chatterbooks

In April we read "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" by JK Rowling. We discussed the book and most of us really enjoyed it. We played "Hangman" (authors and book titles) and collaborated on creating some stories with words taken out of an envelope.

Our next meeting is on 14th May and we are reading "Black Hearts in Battersea".

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Caterham Chatterbooks #7

This month we read 'Wonder' by R.J. Palacio.

We all enjoyed the book - some members even passed it on to other family members to read! We thought it really made you consider how people with disabilities feel when everyone stares at them. We recommend this book for all, whether adults or children, as we thought it had an important message.

To represent the main character, August's, love for Halloween (he is said to enjoy Halloween more than Christmas - though one Chatterbooks member declared that she didn't believe that at all!) we made some masks.

As you can see we ended up with quite a gang!

Next month we are reading classic novels. Most of the group are reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott but other choices include Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Jules Verne, and Carrie's War by Nina Bawden.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Chatterbooks at Cranleigh Library

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
March 2015


This was our favourite cover for The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.  ‘It looks more like a fantasy palace with the promise of lots of adventure’.  We felt sorry for the children who had gone through so many adventures and grown up as Kings and Queens of Narnia but had to return to wartime Britain as children again. 

See our Lion finger puppets and Wardrobe bookmarks