Meanwhile, the Chatterbooks network of reading groups for four to 12-year-olds, also free and based in public libraries with support from Orange, continues through the summer. Chatterbooks patron and children's novelist Jacqueline Wilson (pictured), information book author Nicola Davies, illustrator Paul Geraghty and storyteller Pat Ryan are touring the 140 groups to meet some of the 2,000 child members. Catch Nicola Davies in Westminster libraries on August 12 (details on 020 7641 4253). Chatterbooks reports great success in building readers: check if there's a group near you on co.ukabout community chatterbooks. html, or call Tricia Kings on 07815 610252.

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