World Book Night Giveaway

World Book NightAre you taking part in World Book Night giveaway?  Applications have now closed for this amazing event, but school librarians all over the country have applied, and have thought of some wonderful and innovative ways to give away the 48 copies of the titles they have chosen.  These are some of them:

Caroline from Blackheath Bluecoat school is holding a Reading for Pleasure evening, to which she is inviting parents and governors, with the chance to win one of the free books as a prize.  It is also a great chance for her to promote reading.

Annalise will be giving out copies of ‘A curious incident ..’ at a council run dance festival, standing outside in the foyer

Barbara will be standing in the forecourt of her local library to give out her books, and Shaun will be giving his out at a scout night hike and a beer festival!

Liz is asking her 6th formers to distribute them in the local supermarket and leisure centre, whilst Helen is giving out the ‘Life of Pi’ at Kingston Hospital that night

Marion in Sheffield is given the to Year 10’s from two schools in Sheffield and Barnsley who are to to Malelaea, Losotho, to give to the pupils at the schools there – a very precious gift of books for Africa

We are hoping to have photos of some of these amazing giveaways once the event has happened.  You could also buy a T Shirt designed by CILIP Vice Chairman Phil Bradley with the theme of Saving Libraries, to wear on the night – all proceeds to charity, or hand out a badge with your books.  They can be found here:

National Storytelling Week

National Storytelling logoThis week, 29th January – 5th February, is National Storytelling week.  What are you doing to celebrate this?  If you are doing anything exciting, please contact me and let me know so I can share your stories on the site, or add a comment to the post.  To find out more about the week, click on the logo to go to the site.  Bev Humphrey has created a competition that we can all join in for free on her WritePath ning.  This is what she says: 

To celebrate, and to try and encourage story writing I have designed an activity. On the Write Path ning I will be putting up photos each day of a roll of the dice with my Storycubes ( and I’m challenging young people (and adults!) to see if they can write a story using all of the 9 symbols on the dice. First photos are here:

Do join in with this activity, and let me know if you are planning anything similar yourself!