The 12 books of Christmas

Whether you have just broken up, or are just about to, here is a Librarian’s Christmas poem, from Carol Elliott of Newcastle High School For Girls.

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

12 eBook downloads

11 budget reprints

10 graphic novels

9 Booker winners

8 hardback classics

7 Harry Potters

6 first editions

5 Penguins

4 Collin’s Gems

3 French plays

2 travel guides

A thesaurus and a diction-a-ry!

Happy Christmas 2018 everyone!  Hope you all make a wonderful dent on your TBR pile and come back refreshed and happy and ready to start the year in 2019!


Christmas TV/Book Schedule 2018

I know this is the most eagerly awaited and downloaded post of the year!  As always, Helen Smith, Learning Resource Manager at Eckington School has produced the TV guide with a difference!  All of the TV programmes or films in the schedule are based on books, which gives us a great chance to recommend the books to students.  In addition, several school librarians have named their top three books based on the film schedule, so you have personal recommendations.  Helen is very happy for you to share this widely, but please remember to acknowledge here when you do.  Happy Christmas!

2018 Book Advent Calendars

Sarah Masters, of Thomas Deacon Academy, usually kicks off the Christmas season on Heart by sending me her powerpoint Advent calendars, which she sends round to all tutors in December.  This year, we have two from her, one for seniors and one for juniors.  Enjoy!

The Senior calendar is too large to show in a preview, but you can download it with this link:Advent calendar 2018

And for the Juniors – the download link is under the presentation

Christmas TV 2017 – Books into Film

This is the most eagerly anticipated and read post every year!  The wonderful Helen Smith from Eckington School in Derbyshire produces a guide to Christmas TV every year, linking films to books.  A great opportunity to promote reading!  Helen provides this for free every year, and she allows free distribution.  However, please ensure that you acknowledge her as the author of this guide.  Also, Helen asks that if you enjoy this guide you consider donating to the page she has set up for the National Literacy Trust.