Tag Archives: Libraries

The Lost Magician by Piers Torday

When I was about eight or nine years old I was given the book  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a present. It was the book that turned me into ”a reader”. For the first time I felt … Continue reading

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The School Librarian of the Year Award – a celebration of superheroes

On Tuesday 9th October the School Librarian of the Year award ceremony took place in the Judge’s Court above Brown’s Restaurant, Covent Garden. Librarians, authors and members of the children’s books community gathered together to celebrate the wonderful work carried … Continue reading

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Perfect Picture Books for Libraries Week

Libraries Week takes place between the 8–13 October to celebrate the nation’s much-loved libraries. This year, with a focus on well being libraries across the country will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and … 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 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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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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Love your School Library? – Five Reasons You Should Join the School Library Association Now

For more than seventeen years I have been a school librarian. When I first started I could not have managed without the advice, support and help of the School Library Association (SLA). If you care about your school library then … Continue reading

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