Easter Holidays and overdue book reviews!

It’s the first week of the Easter holidays which means one thing in our office: the packing and unpacking of project boxes! Our team are busy selecting books ready for the new term, on topics ranging from the always popular seaside to the slightly more niche Shang dynasty…!

As a mid-week distraction, we’ve decided to share a bumper post full of reviews of some books our team have read over the past few months (and which we have been waiting to post…!)

Easter Reviews

  • Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret by D.D. Everest (Faber Publishing, £6.99, 9780571307395)

A wonderful book about mysterious books with magical powers and Special Instructions, where library apprentices must learn skills of Finding, Binding and Minding. A rich imaginative story with clever “librarianish” wordplay which brought a smile to my face! This will go down well with boy or girl fantasy lovers, especially if they are Pupil Librarians! (Mandy)

  • Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders (Faber Publishing, £6.99, 9780571323180)

I loved E Nesbit’s Edwardian adventure and fantasy stories as a child, and gradually became aware of the poignancy of the time in which they were set, as the children in the stories were almost all going to be of an age to be caught up in the Great War, and that golden time of innocent adventure would be gone for ever.  Kate Saunders has taken up this fact and written an excellent sequel to Nesbit’s Five Children and It; it feels totally authentic, and is as devastating as one would expect – and fear.  A good read for today’s Years 6 and 7. (Harriet)

  • We Have Lift Off! by Sean Taylor and Hannah Shaw (Frances Lincoln, 9781847805126, £6.99)

I love Sean Taylor’s imaginative children’s books, and this is no exception.  For Norfolk’s rural children it is perfect! The farm animals are fed up with Mr Tanner’s dump of a farm, (cue: much environmental damage) so they make an intergalactic rocket to escape on, “up to the clear, clean stars”. After a few disastrous test flights Mr Tanner finds the rocket and you might guess what happens next! Brilliant pictures support a great story and may prompt some interesting ‘green’ conversations. (Harriet)

  • The Case of the Deadly Desperados (The PK Pinkerton Mysteries) by Caroline Lawrence (Orion, 9781444003253 £6.99)

This is a good old ‘western’ thriller, with ‘cowboys’ and a few ‘injuns’ as well as some miners in the very Wild West city of Virginia. Caroline Lawrence has done her research well and includes real characters in this fast-moving thriller, Mark Twain (real name Sam Clemens) turns up as a local journalist. The book opens with PK witnessing the scalping and murder of his (or is it her?) foster parents, so perhaps best for Y6 and up. (Harriet)

  • The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (Corgi Yearling, 9780552572316, £6.99)

This is a thoroughly enjoyable read with interesting characters and an intriguing puzzle to solve. Ted, the main character, has an unexplained syndrome which causes him to think outside the box and conjour up a huge list of theories to solve the mystery, along with his older sister, Kat. (Zoe)

Read anything good lately? Why not let us know in the comments!

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Our Peters Picture Book Party 2015!

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while may remember that last year, we held a picture book-themed party to celebrate Peters Book of the Year prize. The afternoon we spent at Cliff Park Infants School was SO much fun that we decided to do it again this year, with a slight venue change; this time, our team headed off to Greyfriars Primary School in King’s Lynn, for another afternoon of activities inspired by the picture books shortlisted for Peters’ prize.

One of our Librarians, Harriet, provided us with a little report about the festivities…

Most of the SLS staff decamped to Greyfriars Primary School on 19th March, for a party to celebrate the shortlisted titles of Peters Picture Book of the Year 2014 Award.  The young participants were also going to be asked to vote for their favourite titles. While there is a serious purpose to the event and the run-up to it, in that children are asked to read, consider and respond critically to a selection of ten very different style picture books, the party itself is all about fun – well, what else could it be, when our manager turns up as a banana (impersonating – or is that im-fruit-ating – the Death Banana Planet from Elys Dolan’s Nuts in Space) ready to hand out refreshments?  Because every party has to have food and drink!

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(Harriet introducing the children to the Death Banana Planet!)

Other activities included a noisy game to accompany the retelling of Rex by Simon James, and dancing to Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine by Peter Bently and David Roberts. Every party goer left with a ‘magic crayon’ which had inspired a drawing activity based on Aaron Becker’s Quest. 

And there was a special Celebrity Appearance from Magical Meg and Lucy Loveheart, who got the party going, and who then dramatically announced the winning vote – which went to Oi Frog, by  Kes Gray and Jim Field.   

Meg and Lucy(Lucy, Kirsten from SLS, and Meg)

The full voting list from our party:

Title Votes
1st Oi Frog! by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field 51
2nd Nuts in Space by Elys Dolan 35
3rd Rex by Simon James 20
4th Quest by Aaron Becker 16
5th Smellie Louie by Catherine Rayner 13
6th Snow Day by Richard Curtis, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb 11
7th The New Small Person by Lauren Child 10
8th Meet the Parents by Peter Bentley, illustrated by Sarah Ogilvie 7
9th Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine by Peter Bently, illustrated by David Roberts 3
10th Little Frog’s Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeney 2

Librarian Julie Kirwan immediately sent off all the Greyfriars votes to Peters to be added to the national total.  We were just in time, as voting closed on Friday, and the national results were announced on Monday; winner of the Picture Book Award is Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner.

Many thanks to all the staff at Greyfriars Primary, to Meg and Lucy Clibbon, SLS staff, and to all the children, who took part so wholeheartedly and with much noisy enthusiasm!

As Harriet correctly points out, the winners of Peters’ Book of the Year were announced yesterday, with Smelly Louie,  A Room Full of Chocolate, and A Song for Ella Grey receiving awards for best picture book, junior fiction and teen fiction.PBOTY15 winnersA press release about the announcement can be found here and if you’re interested in reading about last year’s party then you can do so here!

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World Book Day and a book without pictures…

wbd2015This time last week, we were preoccupied with lots of World Book Day shenanigans, both in school and online, with our office keeping a close eye on social media goings-on. Twitter in particular is a great place for sharing event updates and we loved seeing how people up and down the county were celebrating. If you missed the festivities or just want to see what all the fuss was about, we recommend checking the official World Book Day UK twitter account, or looking at the two hashtags being used on the day: #WBD15 and #WorldBookDay.

Harriet, one of our Librarians, was in a school in Cawston and has given us a little update of how her day went…

Cawston Primary School was all dressed up on World Book Day, like most schools around the country –  this is turning into a springtime version of Hallowe’en! – but here staff and pupils all came as characters from a single book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  The best I could manage was to go as Alice’s mother, Mrs Liddell, but it was better than nothing, as almost the entire school looked fantastic and had tried really hard.

The school loved Robert Sabuda’s fantastic paper engineering version of Alice, and enjoyed plenty of other weird and wonderful books I’d brought from SLS too.

BJ NovakA new book proved really popular with years 2 and 3: The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak (published by Puffin)

If you and your class enjoy Mo Willems’ Pigeon stories, you will love this read-aloud in picture book format, which is exactly as it says on the tin, a book with no pictures.  It’s great fun, and celebrates the power of words to boot.

The Guardian Children’s Book website has a great gallery of World Book Day costumes, which you can see here.

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KS2 Fiction Discussion- Spring Term

Our KS2 Reading for Pleasure group chaired by two of our SLS Librarians (Harriet and Mandy) had their termly meeting in Fakenham last week, and the group’s thoughts on the books  selected for them to read can be found below! Have you read any? Let us know what you think!

Fakenham March

The Boy who Climbed into the Moon by David Almond

The story was enjoyed by both more and less able readers. Very sophisticated in some ways and the group discussed how having a different illustrator would have changed the book as it does look very young!

The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon

Set in a Museum, the book was widely enjoyed by the group and pupils who liked the characters and found that the cover persuaded boys to read it. It’s also fabulous inspiration for looking at Norse stories (it uses Norse Mythology!)

The Wrong Side of the Galaxy by Jamie Thompson

Considered to be a very ‘boy’ read by was enjoyed by all- one school said even a dyslexic reader became engrossed in it. A space fantasy which lands on a cliff-hanger ending set up perfectly for  a sequel.

The Great Escape by Natalie Haynes

The book was enjoyable and not too complex, good for more able year 6s, though perhaps the cover is aimed at younger readers. The theme itself is quite serious and overall the plot had a few ends that needed tying up.

Blackberry Blue and other Fairy Tales by Jamila Gavin

For older, good readers- perhaps even those in High school. The stories are World influenced; the fairy stories side of the book put many children off, though those who read it enjoyed it very much. Reads aloud very well too.

Foxy Tales by Caryl Hart

Considered to be better for younger children as well as less able, dyslexic readers. One school noted that it had been used as a “first whole book” reader for one child- what a great achievement!

The Fakenham group will be meeting again in the summer term. Feedback from some of our previous meetings can be found here.

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We Cracked It! Our KS2 Conference

After months and months of careful planning, on Monday 2nd March all of our SLS team traveled to the wonderful Green Britain Centre in Swaffham to host our Cracking the Code conference and we’re pleased to report that it was a great success!

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(Above: some of our lovely SLS stock on display for all to see!)

Delegates from across the county came together to take part in a variety of cross-curricular workshops and to listen to what some brilliant Authors had to say.

The day was kicked-off by Andrew Cope, author of the popular Spy Dogs series and ‘Art of Brilliance’ advocate who spoke to our delegates about the importance maintaining a positive approach to teaching, even in the face of stress (and ofsted!). His keynote speech, ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant KS2 Teacher’ was a great way to start the conference and gave us all lots to think about; we certainly came into the office on Tuesday with a spring in our step because none of us had toothache…! Andy later went on to deliver a workshop session entitled ‘The Happiness Advantage’ and then spent the afternoon visiting a nearby school in Swaffham.

Throughout the day, delegates at the conference were given the opportunity to attend three workshops each of which covered a different topic.

Before lunch, Helen Dennis, author of the Secret Breakers series, led a session showcasing 13 real codes and the way in which these could be integrated into school lessons, talking about how she used them herself when working as a Teacher in Sussex. She went down a storm and in the afternoon was whisked away to Neatherd High School in Dereham where she was well received by the students she met. We loved her session and learnt so much, though we’re still baffled by bacon’s bilateral cipher (and probably will be for some time!)

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(above: Helen Dennis showing our delegates how to crack some codes!)

In the afternoon we were joined by author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst who had spent the morning at All Saints Academy working with groups of KS2 children. Entitled ‘DO judge a Book by its Cover’, those who attended Kate’s conference workshop were asked to look at a variety of children’s books and see if they were able to decipher any clues about the book’s plot based on their covers. Using her Mariella Mystery series as an example, Kate then explained how she puts together her own work, often creating and illustrating a character before she’s considered what the story will be! As she did in schools, Kate instructed delegates how they can create their own mystery-solving characters, each of us making a miniature flip-book animation using just some paper and a pencil.

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(Above: delegates hard at work in Kate Pankhurst’s workshop and below, part of the display produced by pupils at the school Kate visited!)

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We were also joined throughout the day by Lisa Hewitt from the Museum Service who delivered a hands-on session of archaeology, looking at ways to support the new curriculum’s focus on prehistory and Jacqui Thompson from Pulse CSI who explored how practical science is used in crime scene investigation. We were also given the opportunity to try our hand at Morse Code as our Mobile driver Tony is an expert operative; here he is below teaching one of our Librarians, Gail, how to send a coded message!

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The day was brought to a close with an interview with Carnegie award-winning author, Sally Gardner. Sally had spent the morning at Neatherd High in Dereham and arrived with us at the Green Britain Centre where SLS Manager, Kirsten, asked her about her upbringing, her school experiences and struggle with dyslexia and her success as an author for both young and teen audiences.

Of all her literary characters, Sally explained that she identifies most strongly with Standish Treadwell from Maggot Moon, a book she believed would remain unpublished – it later went on to win the 2013 Carnegie Medal – and she said that she did not consider Standish to be dyslexic until someone later pointed this out to her. Dyslexia became the focus of her conversation with Kirsten, Sally advising teachers to ensure that no pupil gets left behind, that individuals are encouraged to nurture their ability to think outside the box and are allowed to utilize visual aids. She ended her interview with a powerful performance of her poem, ‘Disobey Me’, a line of which is particularly inspirational when considering those dyslexic pupils: “Words are our servants, we are not their slaves, it matters not how we spell them it matters what we say.”

We’d like to thank the Green Britain Centre for the wonderful venue, Jarrold’s for providing us with a brilliant bookshop, our Authors and workshop leaders for delivering such engaging sessions and of course, our delegates for coming along and giving us their feedback. It’s too soon to tell if another conference is on the horizon, but rest assured, we all have our thinking caps on and are coming up with some ideas as we speak…

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Chinese New Year!

恭喜发财 or, in English, Happy Chinese New Year!

Today we say farewell to the Year of the Horse and hello to the Year of the Goat as China begins their New Year celebrations. What follows will be fifteen days of celebrating, finishing with the Lantern Festival to be held on March 5th.  The date of China’s biggest festival varies from year to year as it is dictated by the lunar calendar; for example last year, celebrations took place on 31st January.

In honor of the festivities, we’ve selected a few of our favourite China-themed books which you can see below!

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  • ‘Chopsticks’ by Jon Berkley
  • ‘Spilled Water’ by Sally Grindley
  • ‘The Firework-Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman
  • ‘The Kite Rider’ by Geraldine McCaughrean
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KS2 Fiction Discussion- Autumn Term

This post comes a little late, but we’ll blame our pre & post-christmas busyness for the delay! As well as our group based in Fakenham, the autumn term saw the introduction of a new Reading for Pleasure group based in Norwich, which we were very excited about.

Led by one of our Librarians, Harriet, our inaugural meeting of the Norwich KS2 Reading 4 Pleasure Group (adults) was held at West Earlham Junior School, and was very entertaining and enjoyable- thanks to our hosts and all the participants for an excellent afternoon.  As well as the titles below, we had general book chat and discussed how schools share the books; for example, West Earlham tantalised with reading a chapter aloud then loaning out the books; while Valley kept the books in the classroom and children could borrow.

Norwich FDG

Tall Tales from Pitch End by Nigel McDowell

  • Very much top end of KS2, probably better for KS3
  • Quite hard going with long and complicated plot
  • Lots of interesting ideas but maybe wouldn’t be understood by children
  • Too dark

Fright Forest (Elf Girl and Raven Boy series) by Marcus Sedgwick

  • Children are really enjoying it
  • Good banter between the characters
  • Perfect for years 5 & 6 – more please!

Poems to Perform edited by Julia Donaldson

  • Good mix of old and new
  • Good variety including some previously unknown
  • Nice hints on how to be performed and website to support (useful resource!)
  • Cover a bit old fashioned and unappealing to children
  • Good for dipping into

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon by Jonny Duddle

  • Very popular!
  • Useful that it is part of a series
  • Good for the whole of KS2
  • Short chapters and good illustrations
  • Good for reading aloud the pirate voices!
  • Informative glossary
  • Kenzie thought: “it was interesting and funny at the beginning.  It was funny in the middle.  It was interesting and at the end it was exciting”

Boy in Tights by Kate Scott

  • Good for discussion about stereotyping – good for diversity
  • Very pacey and exciting
  • Boys really enjoyed it once they got past the dress!
  • Kenzie would recommend this because “it was a good story; it was funny and weird”

Our Fakenham Reading For Pleasure group also met last term and discussed the titles below.

Fakenham FDG

Weasels by Elys Dolan

  • Enjoyed by pupils, who loved the illustrations.
  • Read aloud well to a small class

Sally Frere-Smith from Great Massingham Primary provided us with a brilliant review produced by some of her pupils!

Weasels review

Monkey and Me by David Gilman (NB. this is currently on Carnegie longlist!)

  • Interesting concept and good for Year 6, maybe not Year 5.
  • Dylan said: “it was funny because I liked the monkey.  He’s a cheeky one.”

The Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac

  • Intriguing
  • Can feel for both characters
  • Enjoyed it.

What Are We Fighting For? edited by Brian Moses and Roger Stevens

  • Poems about war
  • Good collection
  • Empathy
  • Good to support scheme of work for KS2

SuperCat vs the Chip Thief by Jeanne Willis

  • Charlotte: “It was awesome”
  • Tegan: “It was a bit boring”
  • Better for younger KS2 and less able readers
  • Painful jokes

Previous fiction discussion entries cane be found here.

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Peters Book of the Year 2015- the shortlists

pbotyReaders of this blog may recall that last year we held a picture book party in honor of the 2014 Peters Book of the Year. If you don’t remember seeing us mention it, you can read our write-up here; as you can see, much fun was had by all!

Peters are the largest specialist seller of children’s books to libraries and schools across the country and their annual award is broken into three categories: picture book, junior fiction and teen fiction. The shortlists for 2015 were announced before Christmas and we were pleased to see that many of our favourite books from last year had made the cut! Full lists are below:

Picture Books

  • Quest by Aaron Becker
  • Meet the Parents by Peter Bently, illustrated by Sarah Ogilvie
  • Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine by Peter Bently, illustrated by David Roberts
  • The New Small Person by Lauren Child
  • Snow Day by Richard Curtis, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb
  • Nuts in Space by Elys Dolan
  • Little Frog’s Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeney
  • Oi Frog! by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field
  • Rex by Simon James
  • Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner

Junior Fiction

  • The Ransom of Dond by Siobhan Dowd
  • Brilliant by Roddy Doyle
  • A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson
  • Von Doogan and the Curse of the Golden Monkey by Lorenzo Etherington
  • The Imaginary by A F Harrold
  • Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen
  • Harvey Drew and the Bin Men from Outer Space by Cas Lester, illustrated by Sam Hearn
  • The Tin Snail by Cameron McAllister, illustrated by Sam Usher
  • Cakes in Space by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre
  • The Wrong Side of the Galaxy by Jamie Thomson, illustrated by Jamie Lenman

Teen Fiction

  • A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond
  • I Predict a Riot by Catherine Bruton
  • Loyal Creatures by Morris Gleitzman
  • When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  • Boys Don’t Knit by T S Easton
  • The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
  • Trouble by Non Pratt
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

You can make your choices online now and voting is open until 20th March. If your school decides to get involved in the voting fun (and we suggest you do!) Peters have provided lots of resources online to support you, which can be found here.

If you’re local to Norfolk, you can vote for the award in person in the children’s library at the Norfolk and Norwich Millenium Library and those who do will automatically be entered into a free prize draw to win a copy of the shortlisted titles!

More information about the award can be found on the official book award website here.

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CILIP Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Prize Longlists 2015

It seems like such a long time ago now, but back in October we got very excited when the nominations for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards were announced. The lists themselves at this point were incredibly lengthy- as the official press release described; ‘All nominations published have been checked and verified for their eligibility and have received at least one nomination from a CILIP member’. 

Initially, 91 titles were suggested for the Carnegie and 71 were put forward for the Greenaway, however yesterday morning came the announcement of the longlists which you can see below. They’re both a varied bunch and we’re eager to see which books make the shortlists, which will both be announced in a month’s time on Tuesday 17th March.

The books on the Carnegie longlist are:

  • My Brother’s Shadow by Tom Avery (Andersen Press)
  • Us Minus Mum by Heather Butler (Little Brown, Young Readers)
  • When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)
  • Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
  • The Company of Ghosts by Berlie Doherty (Andersen Press)
  • The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)
  • Tinder by Sally Gardner (author) and David Roberts (illustrator) (Orion Children’s Books)
  • Monkey and Me by David Gilman (Templar)
  • Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman (Walker Books)
  • Scarlet Ibis by Gill Lewis (Oxford University Press)
  • The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne Books)
  • Hello Darkness by Anthony McGowan (Walker Books)
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
  • Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls (Marion Lloyd Books)
  • Trouble by Non Pratt (Walker Books)
  • Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff (Penguin Books)
  • Smart: a Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective by Kim Slater (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (Electric Monkey)

The books on the Kate Greenaway longlist are:

  • Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • What If? by Anthony Browne (Doubleday Children’s Books)
  • The Promise by Laura Carlin (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author) (Walker Books)
  • The Something by Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • On Sudden Hill by Benji Davies (illustrator) and Linda Sarah (author) (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)
  • Jim’s Lion by Alexis Deacon (illustrator) and Russell Hoban (author) (Walker Books)
  • Hermelin: the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape)
  • Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill (Flying Eye Books)
  • Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)
  • Dark Satanic Mills by John Higgins and Marc Olivent (illustrators) and Julian Sedgwick and Marcus Sedgwick (authors) (Walker Books)
  • The Great War: an Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War by Jim Kay (illustrator) and various (authors) (Walker Books)
  • Wayland by John Lawrence (illustrator) and Tony Mitton (author) (David Fickling Books, Penguin Random House)
  • Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Fortunately, the Milk… by Chris Riddell (illustrator) and Neil Gaiman (author) (Bloomsbury)
  • Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Tinder by David Roberts (illustrator) and Sally Gardner (author) (Orion Children’s Books)
  • The Pilot and the Little Prince by Peter Sís (Pushkin Children’s Books)
  • Tiny: the Invisible World of Microbes by Emily Sutton (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author) (Walker Books)
  • The Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner (Andersen Press)

More information can be found on the official CILIP CKG website here and the shadowing site for schools is here.

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National Libraries Day 2015; SLS Shelfies!

As a School Library Service, we obviously understand the importance of libraries – after all, we are one really! We loan our books to schools across Norfolk and know first hand just how well these are received by the children who use them; all the smiling faces we encounter on our Mobile Library visits are testament to that!

Tomorrow is National Libraries Day, a nationwide event celebrating libraries and those staff that work within them. Any kind of library is cause for celebration in our eyes, whether it’s your local public library, the library at your school or university, or even a workplace library!

Our office is full of book-lovers and one of the proposed ways to get involved with this year’s celebrations is to share a library shelfie. We know all about shelfies – we’ve blogged about them before, sharing the bookshelves belonging to members of our team – but we love any excuse to post pictures of our own shelves…..!

Kirsten’s shelf

Kirsten Shelf

Georgie’s shelves

Georgie Shelf 1

Georgie Shelf 2

Zoe’s shelf

Zoe Shelf

Mandy’s shelf

Mandy Shelf

Apryl’s shelf

Book Shelf

Harriet’s shelf

Harriet Shelfie

Gail’s shelf

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(some of these were originally posted with much longer explanations, all of which you can see here).

There are lots of resources available on the official National Libraries Day website, as well as a long list of the ways in which you can get inolved. We would also really recommend searching twitter for the hashtag #NLD15 to see what other people have been sharing.

We love libraries and hope you do too- be sure to visit one tomorrow if you can!

NLD15

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