Tag Archives: Teaching

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

Posted in Libraries, Reading | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Libraries | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Picture Book to Help Young Children Care About the Environment – Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts

”Plastic” has been declared children’s word of the year after analysis of the entries to this year’s BBB Breakfast Show 500 words competition for children aged 5-13. Its appearance was up 100% from last year’s entries with titles including “The … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Libraries | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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

Posted in Teaching | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
Review and links to teaching resources Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why School Librarians Are Educators Too and Why School Libraries Matter

  ‘’We are all educators…….accompanying young people in their efforts to build their lives for today and tomorrow.’’ For seventeen years I worked as a librarian in a school at which the words above formed part of the mission statement. … Continue reading

Posted in Libraries | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Lost Words – A Review and an Evening with Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

Books tend to be put in categories. Books for children, Young Adult books, ‘’coffee-table books’’, picture books, non-fiction and poetry are labels applied to many. Every so often a book appears that defies categorisation and The Lost Words is such … Continue reading

Posted in Reading, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Letters From the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll Review and teaching links

From her very first book for children, Frost Hollow Hall, I have loved Emma Carroll’s stories. They are the sort of books that the ten-year old me would have adored and they have a magic about them which makes me … Continue reading

Posted in Reading, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment