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Chaos in the New Collins Big Cat Catalogue

Collins Big Cat 2024 Reading Catalogue with Shinoy and the Chaos Crew by Chris Callaghan

Thrilled that the new 2024 Collins Big Cat International Reading Catalogue is now available.
Extra thrilled that it has a double page spread of my ‘Shinoy and the Chaos Crew’ books!!
This is a 48 book set with readers, graphic novels and nonfiction books.
I LOVED creating these characters and stories, and I hope children all over the world will enjoy reading them.
The nonfiction were written by cleverer folk than me, some of the reading books by the awesome Zoë Clarke and the whole lot illustrated by the amazing Amit Tayal.
Check out the catalogue here

For more details of the Shinoy and the Chaos Crew series, click the link here!

Collins Big Cat 2024 Reading Catalogue with Shinoy and the Chaos Crew by Chris Callaghan

Reading Aloud

Delighted to have been asked to say a few words about reading stories out loud to children for Little Wandle’s Everybody Read! Campaign.

Reading out loud is not something that comes naturally to me, but after reading to my daughter and then to whole school audiences as a visiting author, I found that I really love it. I hope my short video, which you can see here, will help encourage other parents and teaching staff to find a love of reading to their children.

Thank you, Little Wandle Letters and Sounds for the opportunity.

My Experiences as a Reluctant Reader

My new series of books, ‘Shinoy and the Chaos Crew’, are largely aimed at young people who would not normally choose to pick up and read a book. In an article I wrote for my publisher, I talk about my own experiences of being a ‘reluctant reader’ when I was young. Sometimes people who don’t read much (or at all) are not those who are uninterested in stories, as some people think, but are those that LOVE stories. Reading can be a slow way to access a story, which does put readers like me off. I wrote my new series with this in mind and wanted to bring the story bursting into the readers mind as soon as possible.

You can read the whole article here (don’t worry, it’s very short!).