Yearly archives: 2023

Webinar Now On YouTube

Chris Callaghan Collins Big Cat Webinar Turning reluctant readers into reachable readers

I recently did a webinar for the lovely folk at Collins Big Cat about my own experiences of being a ‘reluctant reader’ and some of the things I’ve learned from talking to children like me.

It’s now available on YouTube here.

I’ve tried to be as honest as I can about this subject as there are often some misunderstandings as to why some children don’t engage with books. I hope it’s of some use for all of those amazing people who work so hard to encourage a love of stories in our young readers.

FREE Webinar Coming Up …

Join me for a FREE webinar about ‘Turning Reluctant Readers into Reachable Readers

Thursday 7th December 2023 at 4pm (GMT)

I didn’t engage with books as a child, and I will be talking about my own experiences on this subject.

I’m also going to bang on about the importance of stories, the problems with book snobbery and I’ll also try to dispel the myths that some ‘readers’ may have about ‘non-readers’, while hopefully offering some practical solutions.

I’ve been very lucky. Stories (if not books) have ALWAYS played an important part of my life. Anyone who knows me through my various career incarnations will know I’ve always had my head in the clouds. Eventually becoming a reader made a university education possible for me, as a mature student. And now, working in a world of stories is still unbelievable.

ALL children, regardless of upbringing, should have the same opportunities as everyone else – whether or not they decide to take them.

It would be lovely if you joined me. Please click on the link here for more information and to register.

Working Class Heroes in Teach Primary Magazine

Delighted to have written an article for Teach Primary Magazine about how children can improve their enjoyment and understanding of books written by authors from diverse cultures – in this case, a working class background.

I’m especially happy to be included in the same issue as one of my favourite authors and cover star, Cressida Cowell, who has written a fabulous feature about creating a sense of suspense in writing.

My article was previously published online, and can be found here.

Huge thanks to Teach Primary and HarperCollins for giving me the platform to talk about something so close to my heart.

Little Big Book Club with Extra Chaos!

Chris Callaghan holding Shinoy and the Chaos Crew Mission: Pirate Puzzle as part of The National Literacy Trust and HarperCollins Little Big Book Club

I am absolutely thrilled that one of my ‘Shinoy & the Chaos Crew’ graphic novels – Mission: Pirate Puzzle – has been chosen to be part of The National Literacy Trust & HarperCollinsLittle Big Book Club.

A fantastic scheme that allows children to choose free books to keep and read. More details here.

It’s alongside such literary greats as Paddington, Barry Loser, Michael Morpurgo and *dramatic pause* … Ant & Dec!

Chaos Crew Artwork by the fabulous Amit Tayal

The Little Big Book Club with Chris Callaghan
The Little Big Book Club with Chris Callaghan

Get a sneaky peak into ‘Mission: Pirate Puzzle’ here.

Mission: Pirate Puzzle by Chris Callaghan and Amit Tayal

Scary Faced Author!

I didn’t realise how scary my face was on virtual school visits! Or how much time I spend waving!
Huge thanks to Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School for inviting me into their classroom last week. It was great (and terrifying) to see this compilation of pictures from the opposite view of what I normally get.

The Great Chocoplot Author, Chris Callaghan, virtually visits Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School

Unfortunately, due to medical issues, I’m not able to do in-person events just now (although I’m hopeful that will change in the next few months), but it’s great fun to be able to connect with keen young readers and writers via whizzy technology.
I’m very grateful to Mrs Hodge and classes 4H and 4S for being such a friendly and enthusiastic audience.

(Photo taken from Twitter and used with permission)

Roald Dahl and The Great Chocoplot??

There’s been a lot of talk about the Roald Dahl stories lately, so here’s a polite reminder that


But if you are after a Dahl-esque vibe (without the controversy!) then it is delicious of The Reader Teacher and Books For Topics to include ‘The Great Chocoplot’ in their ‘BookMatch’ & ‘Branching Out’ selections.

Download these marvellous posters from The Reader Teacher here and from Books For Topics here.

There are so many more books beyond the publicity displays and hype!

Chaos in Japan!!

Shinoy and the Chaos Crew by Chris Callaghan hits Japan!

It’s been amazing to see my ‘Shinoy and the Chaos Crew’ books spreading chaos throughout the world. And especially fantastic to see one of the graphic novels, ‘Mission: Weird Weather’ breaking into the Top 100 in Japan’s Foreign Language Books for Children!

Also great to see the Japanese symbol for my name. That’s a first!!

Thank you to all the brilliant readers in Japan. I am honoured.