Cotsen Children’s Library has interviewed children’s authors since 2009, and has just made these interviews available for free as podcasts. There is a good mixture of well known authors on there – Philip Pullman, Sharon Creech, Joseph Delaney and Kaye Umansky, to name a few. To read about the programme, and how the author Lloyd Alexander inspired the interviews, see here. To read more about the featured authors including transcripts of the interviews, see here. This is a great archive that Cotsen Children’s Library has built up – thanks to them for making all of this freely available.
BiblioFiles artwork by Aliisa Lee. Used with permission.
Anita, Librarian at Merchant Taylors’ school in Liverpool, sent me her account of what they got up to on Harry Potter Night. It sounds fantastic! She says:
“I had 80 years 3 and 4 for 90 minutes doing three of a ten activity programme. Somehow I managed to persuade eleven teachers to run an activity after school for no extra pay (lots of approval points though) and then further persuade our deputy head to be Professor McGonagall complete with sorting hat. Altogether there were 20 of us last night all gowned up, playing Quidditch,making mini Hedwigs,watching an amazing science demonstration,learning Latin spells,following a mischief map,learning about the history of magic,doing mini science ,astronomy and making wands. Even refreshments were HP themed green jelly with sour spiders,pumpkin juice and cupcakes.”
A fuller description and photos can be found on the school website. Pictured here is Deputy Head Jane Tyndall in the guise of Professor McGonagall.
The wonderful Helen Smith, Learning Resources Manager at Eckington School has worked her magic again and produced a Christmas TV schedule for us, where the films/programmes are all based on books. Enjoy!
Regular readers of Heart will know all about this amazing Reading Award, now in its fourth year. It is currently the only award for graphic novels in the UK, and is immensely popular. Run by Sheffield Librarian Paul Register, the numbers grow from year to year. If you wish to register, or just see which books made the shortlist this year so that you can buy them for your own library, then follow go to the website.
School Librarian Philippa Godwin from Alde Valley School in Suffolk has shared an amazing resource with us! She has created a series of mini projects around the Bookbuzz books, and has shared them with us through the Heart Files, and generously left two not in PDF so that you can adapt them yourselves. Please remember to be as generous back and acknowledge her as your source. The files are in the Box Files to the right in a folder called Bookbuzz. Enjoy this wonderful resource!
The Children’s Writers and Illustrator group, part of the Society of Authors has asked all of us to fill in an important questionnaire (link to Google doc at end of post). Children’s authors Bali Rai and Helena Pielchaty say that the group has met with representatives in the DfE about how to get the Government and Ofsted to recognise the value of libraries in schools and the impact of author visits on reading. The committee was advised that any letter sent to Sir Michael Wilshaw (Ofsted) would have to have evidence to back it up. This survey is to collect the evidence from all of us. We all know that author visits always generate interest in that author’s books, and reading, so I think we can all give a positive response to this. The responses need to be in by November 12th, please email them to email@example.com. Thank you. Link to survey here:https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0ejuseTrf-3TkJndjNVMUdFZXc
A Monster Calls made history when it became the first book to win both the Carnegie and Greenaway awards. Patrick Ness became only the second author to win the award on two simultanous years, and Jim Kay won the Greenaway for his stunning illustrations. It is fitting that this book, which I consider to be one of the must-read books of the decade, should win this unique accolade. In his acceptance speech, Patrick Ness criticised the government policy of closing libraries. If you would like to read more about this, then have a look at these articles:http://tinyurl.com/cf2mr7p (Guardian) and http://tinyurl.com/c5a7rmr (Telegraph)
Niamh Sharkey, the award winning illustrator and children’s novelist, is to be Ireland’s new Children’s Laureate. She takes over from Siobhan Parkinson. For more information about Niamh and the Children’s Laureate, please visit this page.