Chatabout

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Welcome to Chatabout

Chatabout is a network for emergent reader groups created by The Reading Agency. We’re inviting anyone already running or wanting to run reading groups for adults with literacy needs to join.

This online network is designed for Chatabout members to share ideas, views and information about reading groups for this audience.

Don't forget to also visit Chatabout on the Reading Agency's website for practical guidance, case studies and much more.

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Latest Activity

Tat Ruck updated their profile
Dec 4, 2013
Karen Thornton updated their profile
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Gail Douglas is now a member of Chatabout
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Alex Marin updated their profile
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Mazhar Iqbal updated their profile
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Martyn Bishop is now a member of Chatabout
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Blog Posts

News from Chatabout

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Reading Sight website

Posted by Simon Wallace on October 20, 2011 at 20:00

Big news update from Chatabout!

Posted by Genevieve Clarke on July 24, 2011 at 17:14 — 1 Comment

Six Book Success for Southend-on-Sea

Posted by Simon Wallace on June 30, 2011 at 20:52

Quick Reads inspire ESOL class in Watford

Posted by Beverley Small on June 27, 2011 at 18:11 — 1 Comment

666 eek!

Posted by Simon Wallace on June 24, 2011 at 21:31

A date with DAISY- helping to spread the word

Posted by Simon Wallace on June 15, 2011 at 20:40

Forum

Mencap reading group

Hi - Our local Mencap will be launching a reading group for adults with quite severe learming difficulties. The library will provide the venue, materials and support.What I would like to know is do…Continue

Started by Jon Killick in Chatabout case studies Mar 15, 2011.

Any advice? 2 Replies

Hi I'm a social work student and I am supporting a service user with mild learning difficulties to set up a reading group - they have a special interest in poetry. The group is aimed at anyone who…Continue

Started by Lisa in Reading material. Last reply by Lisa Mar 16, 2011.

Find a Read: online database of emergent reader titles 4 Replies

The First Choice Books database contains over 600 book titles for adults with a reading level of Entry 3 to Level 2. Later this month (March) we'll be relaunching the site to include a wider range of…Continue

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Started by Michelle Treagust in Reading material. Last reply by Michelle Treagust May 5, 2011.

quick reads 7 Replies

HiI have just been contacted by a literacy skills groups requesting book materials suitable for emergant readers. The tutor was particulary interested in quick reads. I have supplied them with a…Continue

Started by sarah jane davis in Chatabout case studies. Last reply by sarah jane davis Mar 8, 2011.

Latest The Reading Agency news

2014 Summer Reading Challenge to inspire thousands of children to read

(© Dave Warren for The Reading Agency. With thanks to Deptford Lounge, Lewisham Library and Information Service.) Libraries are getting ready to introduce children to an epic adventure that will keep them reading throughout the school summer holidays with Mythical Maze, the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge. Pass it on! This year thousands of children will be inspired to share their love of reading by recommending or passing on a book to friends, family and carers, in turn making one of the books they read this summer one that has been recommended to them. The campaign has come out of our consultation with young people and is intended to inspire children to share their reading choices, ignite playground conversations and build confidence in swapping recommendations as they undertake the Summer Reading Challenge. A host of hugely popular children's authors including Jacqueline Wilson, Eoin Colfer, Cathy Cassidy, Cressida Cowell, Liz Pichon, Rick Riordan, Sarah McIntyre, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo are lending their support to 'pass it on' by recording video messages and recommending their favourite children's books on social media in this major drive to get children sharing and celebrating reading. Kicking off 'pass it on', Cathy Cassidy, Queen of Teens short-listed author, recommends Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli: "Stargirl is one of my favourite books ever... it's all about hope and happiness and love and trust and being different. It's almost perfect, and I love it." While much-loved author Jacqueline Wilson says: "The book I'd like to pass on is Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell which is a delightfully stylish, original book that is a real page turner." Adults and young people can get involved too through our #PassABook social media campaign. From 12 July we'll be collecting book recommendations for children and collating the suggestions on our Summer Reading Challenge facebook page so that parents can find new book suggestions for their children this summer. Reaching readers of all ages The Summer Reading Challenge reaches children and young people of all ages. For pre-schoolers there is a mini-challenge and for young people (aged 13 to 24) there is the opportunity to volunteer and support younger children taking part. Volunteering provides a quality workplace experience for young people in libraries, inspiring them to think about future careers and increases their employability as they gain useful life skills and confidence. This year it is expected around 8,000 young people will volunteer, representing a 40% uplift from the 5,684 young people who volunteered in libraries in 2013. Helping prevent a dip in literacy levels Reading for pleasure has been shown to be pivotal to life chances. Research by UKLA shows the Summer Reading Challenge increases children's enjoyment of reading - read the full report. It builds confidence and independent reading, helping prevent the summer reading dip in children's literacy levels during the long break from school. Teachers often comment that children who take part return to school after the break as more fluent, confident readers. (© Dave Warren for The Reading Agency. With thanks to Deptford Lounge, Lewisham Library and Information Service.) Sue Wilkinson, our Chief Executive, says: "We know from our own research just how much fun families and children get out of taking part in the Challenge; this year we think it is going to be more exciting than ever. Fantastical creatures from myths and legends have been designed by Sarah McIntyre (pictured above and left) to accompany everyone on their reading journey and SOLUS has sponsored an app to bring these creatures to life in the library. What we hope is that everyone who takes part this summer really will find out that everything changes when we read." British Library event On 9 July we held a stakeholders launch event for the Summer Reading Challenge 2014. It took place at the British Library and was attended by authors, publishers, sponsors, funders and other partners who help make the Challenge such a success each year. Scroll through the photos from the evening: Get Involved Visit your local library from 12 July (local variation applies) to sign up to the Challenge in England and Wales. You can already sign up in Scotland. Children can visit the Summer Reading Challenge website to create a profile, chat about books, and get help on what to read next, via the digital Book Sorter which already offers over 300,000 peer to peer children's book recommendations in child-friendly categories. Download the free mobile app onto their devices which will recognize key Mythical Maze illustrations and trigger audio visual content including videos, games and messages from the mythical creatures. Join our #PassABook campaign - suggest which books you'd like to pass on to the next generation via twitter or our Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page.

Karen Brodie joins the Reading Agency team

Karen Brodie is today announced as our new head of publisher partnerships. Karen will take up her post in October 2014, after a career to date in the arts and publishing. Karen began work in the rights departments of Harper Collins and Penguin. For the last five years, she has lead strategic programmes and partnerships for the Iran team at the British Council and she has recently returned from a two-year posting in Istanbul as head of arts. She managed an eighteen-month programme around the Turkey Market Focus at The London Book Fair. Prior to working in Turkey, she was a literature specialist, managing a variety of international projects with writers, publishers and literature organisations. Our chief executive Sue Wilkinson says: We are delighted that Karen is joining The Reading Agency. Her proven skills in partnership development and advocacy and her global perspective and strategic leadership and management strengths will be invaluable to us as we move into the next phase of The Reading Agency's life. Gregory Nash, the British Council's director for arts in Wider Europe says: Under Karen's leadership, the scope of our Turkey arts programme was extended, its ambition heightened and its profile raised. She has outstanding people skills and brought many new contacts to the organisation. She was an asset to us and we will miss her. Emma House, director of publisher relations, Publishers Association says: Working with Karen on both the London Book Fair South African Market Focus and the Turkey Market Focus was a pleasure. Karen is highly skilled in managing complex partnerships with multiple stakeholders with charm and grace. Knowing both Karen and The Reading Agency, I see this as an ideal fit for both. Karen Brodie says: I have long admired the work of The Reading Agency as a force for inspiring more people to read more. This is a unique opportunity to join a committed and dynamic group of people and to play a leading role in its publisher partnership and audience development work. I look forward to leveraging the talent and enthusiasm within the publishing sector, building strong and sustainable partnerships, as well as embracing new opportunities which will help us provide the most valuable and creative outcomes for audiences and authors.

Summer Reading Challenge launches in Wales

Minister for Culture and Sport John Griffiths A.M and storyteller Michael Harvey have officially launched the Summer Reading Challenge in Wales at Canton Library, Cardiff, Thursday 17 July 2014, 10:30am--12:30pm. John Griffiths said: "Reading can be a great source of enjoyment for children. Instilling a passion for reading early on is crucial to help them develop their skills and our libraries play a central role in supporting this. I hope everyone will go along to their local library this summer to take advantage of the free activities and discover some great new books to read and inspire them." Organised by independent charity The Reading Agency and public libraries, the Challenge is supported in Wales by the Welsh Books Council and the Welsh Government. Now in its 16th year, the Summer Reading Challenge in libraries is the UK's largest reading-for-pleasure programme for primary school aged children. Last year, a record 42,218 children in Wales (42% of them were boys) took up the challenge to read six books or more at their local library last summer; it runs in 100% of local authorities in Wales. Support from Welsh Government is crucial to the success of the challenge in Wales and Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis said": "You can never overestimate the importance of reading and I'm absolutely delighted to offer my support to the Summer Reading Challenge in Wales. We want to improve the literacy standards of all children in Wales, but wider than that I want children to enjoy reading in whatever form that takes. From books about facts to fantasy filled fiction if you foster a passion for reading from a young age it stands our young people in good stead for the future." Every year the Challenge has a new theme and this year it is Mythical Maze, illustrated by the award-winning artist Sarah McIntyre. Children aged between 4 and 12 are encouraged to read six or more books of their choice during the summer holiday, and with posters and stickers (some of them are 'scratch and sniff'!) and other incentives to complete the Challenge, it's a highlight of the holiday for thousands of children. Teachers comment that children who take part return to school as more fluent, confident readers. Get Involved Visit your local library from 12 July (local variation applies) to sign up to the Challenge in England and Wales. You can already sign up in Scotland. Children can visit the Summer Reading Challenge website to create a profile, chat about books, and get help on what to read next, via the digital Book Sorter which already offers over 300,000 peer to peer children's book recommendations in child-friendly categories. Download the free mobile app onto their devices which will recognize key Mythical Maze illustrations and trigger audio visual content including videos, games and messages from the mythical creatures. Join our #PassABook campaign - suggest which books you'd like to pass on to the next generation via twitter our Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page.
 
 
 

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