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The S.L.A. Information Book Award – a celebration of nonfiction for children

The eighth School Library Association Information Book Award ceremony took place at Carmelite House London, the home of Hachette Children’s Publishers on Wednesday 7th November. This annual event shines a light on the very best information books for children from … Continue reading

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Reading Rocks South – Some Highlights

Over 200 primary school teachers, librarians, classroom assistants and others linked to the book community gathered together on a sunny autumn Saturday to celebrate and learn about children’s books, reading and how to encourage reading for pleasure in the classroom … Continue reading

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How to Help Children Become Really Good Researchers

There was a conversation on Twitter recently about the use of KWL grids in primary schools.  This method for organising a research session asks three questions: What  is already known [K], What would like to be known [W] and What … Continue reading

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Why Do Adults Enjoy Reading Children’s Books?

  I no longer “need” to read children’s books and yet I still do. As a primary school librarian for more than seventeen years, in order to do my job properly, I read a broad range of books so that … Continue reading

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Why Author Visits to Schools Matter

  In 2013 the Society of Authors published a survey on the impact of author visits to schools. At that time I contributed to the survey and that author visits have a positive effect on promoting reading for pleasure amongst … Continue reading

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School Libraries – Where Every Day is Empathy Day

    2017 saw the celebration of the first Empathy Day to highlight empathy’s importance in our divided world and the power of stories to develop it. Following the success of that pilot it is now to be an annual event … Continue reading

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Perfect Picture Books for Children Who May Think They Don’t Like Reading

Reading picture books aloud and sharing the wonder of beautiful illustrations is a rewarding part of being a school librarian and, of course, of being a parent. This joy of stories will hopefully continue as young children move on to … Continue reading

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Why Great School Libraries Should Start in Primary Schools

Something very important happened at this year’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) School Libraries Group Conference. A brand new campaign was launched by CEO Nick Poole in his opening speech. The Great School Libraries Campaign sees CILIP … Continue reading

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I’m looking for a book about… Shakespeare for Primary School Children

Shakespeare’s birthday is remembered on 23rd April and this is a good time to introduce primary school children to the Bard.  There are several websites providing resources to enable teachers to produce lessons about some of his greatest plays and … Continue reading

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Tried and Tested Magazines and Newspapers for Primary Schools

  When encouraging children to read for pleasure it is important to remember that they should be able to choose their reading material whenever possible. This choice may not always be the latest award winning novel but perhaps a magazine, … Continue reading

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