Our Carnegie and Greenaway awards lunch event.
A school librarians’ guide on how to cope with intimidating silences, fidgeting audiences, and reading a book aloud when it’s wordless… I’ve been shadowing the Greenaway award for a few years now, and every time it’s a different experience. So much depends on the titles, and the children you’re working with. Is it a small… Continue reading Greenaway Award Shadowing -Tips and Advice
In keeping with the apparent theme of ‘bears’ that is running throughout this year’s Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist, Jackie Morris’ Something About a Bear is a lovely journey through the lives of some of earth’s most powerful creatures. An internationally best-selling author and illustrator, Morris uses her trademark watercolour technique in this informative and conservation-focussed… Continue reading Something About a Bear by Jackie Morris
Footpath Flowers is a beautifully illustrated wordless picture book about how small gestures of kindness can help to change the world around you. The pictures start off being mostly in black and white with just small hints of colour and as the story progresses it becomes more colourful. A wonderful thought provoking story that… Continue reading Footpath Flowers – JonArno Lawson
We first met Jack when he fought the dragon in King Jack and the Dragon and once again the young characters in this book are very appealing. They are beautifully drawn with a huge amount of expression and imagination. The pictures with no colour seem to be telling the ‘real’ story with the full colour… Continue reading Captain Jack and the Pirates by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury
This is the simple story of a mouse trying to get a bear to move out of his chair. As the mouse tries different tactics you can’t help but feel sorry for him as you see his frustration visibly building page after page. The illustrations are bright and bold and the text is large and… Continue reading There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins
Oliver Jeffers is an awesome writer and illustrator and I am quite a fan of his stories. With his latest work ‘Once upon an Alphabet’ he has the intriguing idea of writing a short story for each letter of the alphabet. They are very short tales, some as poems others as little incidences. It is… Continue reading Once Upon An Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers