Using Graphic Novels for History

Three tweets on the subject of Graphic Novels caught my eye today, and I thought that I would share them with you.  The first was from a blog called Talking Books, which is a blog by the CILIPSLG London and South East Group.  The group had recently had a training event at Forbidden Planet, and had come back with several good websites and a list of the top ten graphic novels every school library should have on their shelves.   In response to this tweet by @dawnafinch, who is one of the leaders of the group, came a tweet from Matt Imrie (@mattlibrarian) who runs the Teen Librarian blog.  If you haven’t read it yet, do subscribe, it’s great!  Matt sent two links for historical graphic novels to be used in schools.  The first is a general historical list, and the second is specifically about the Holocaust.  Both of the lists should find a place in every school library.  Thanks to Matt and Dawn for tweeting these lists.

Student Library Assistant Training

Do you want help in training your student library assistants?  Would you like them to meet other student library assistants nearby and have a really good training experience?  Can you easily travel to London?  Then book them on to this FREE event held in Elmgreen School, in the West Norwood area of Lambeth.  All details on the poster (click to enlarge) – but book quickly, as places are limited. You can ring Michael Margerison on: 020 8766 5020
Student library assistant training

Read For My School – National Reading Competition

Snip20140102_1Have you registered for this event yet, UK schools?  If not, why not – it is a free event sponsored by publishers.  Great for boosting your school library as well – and partnership opportunities with your feeder primaries.  Prizes available too – what’s not to like?  Register on the website here: http://www.readformyschool.co.uk/teacher_interest/

12 Books of Christmas display

Eleanor Parker of St James Senior School London sent these pictures of her amazing display.  She says:

“The books are all linked to the theme of the day so ‘Five Gold Rings’ is Lord of the Rings, ‘Seven Swans Swimming’ is A Company of Swans etc – some are a little tenuous (So few YA/children’s books with drum or pipes in the title!) but I think that adds to the fun!  Under the flap is a short synopsis of the book and the cover.”

I think this is one of the most innovative Christmas displays that I have seen for a long time.  What do you think?12 books of Christmas 1 12 books of Christmas 2 12 books of Christmas 3

Booked Up books for Year 7 pupils

Booked Up is here again – that amazing scheme which gives every student in Year 7 in England’s school a free book of their own.  The book choices have already started arriving in schools, and once again the panel have chosen some great books for the students to choose from.  There is a video of the authors talking about their books, and free resources and ideas to help launch the books in school, all on the Booked Up website: www.bookedup.org.uk   It is not too late to register your school, so if you haven’t done it, and you are a school in England – register today!