Here’s the Black History Month display I put up in my primary school library today. The backdrop is a painted wall-hanging made by the Fula people of West Africa – beautiful, isn’t it.
Go to http://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/ to find out about Black History Month events organised in your local library.
Back to work in my primary school library in 2 weeks so delighted to discover this blog post from 2012.
Originally posted on Did you ever stop to think and forget to start again?:
There are a whole world of genres in children’s literature, and there are new ones being created each and every day. In these posts, I’ll be focusing on some of the key genres and both introduce them and offer some top hints on where to begin.
My first in this occasional series is very close to my heart. Behold the school story genre!
The appeal of school stories can come from both the mimicking and distancing of real life. Education is something nearly everybody experiences, albeit in different forms. Reflecting this common experience onto literature allows the reader to both empathise with characters and also allow a sense of wish fulfilment to occur. In the book the mean girl might get her comeuppance, the awkward kid save the day, or the school is racked by a series of pranks. In the real world, it might be a…
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When summer rolls around, we’re all ready for a break. Whether that’s romping about outside, spending time with friends, or catching up on sleep, everyone has an idea of what it means to relax and recharge. But it seems like reading is getting left off the list.
In a new survey from RIF and our partner Macy’s, we asked over 1,000 parents of children ages 5-11 to talk about their kids’ summer reading habits. What we found was not all sunshine:during the summer, children spend nearly three times as many hours weekly watching TV or playing video games as they do reading.
Despite research that shows the importance of summer reading in preventing kids from losing literacy skills, only 17% of parents think reading is a top priority over the summer. 60% of parents surveyed didn’t believe their child loses reading skills over the summer, although existing research highlights summer learning loss as a major problem, especially for children from low-income families.
Here’s what else we learned:
- On average, parents say their child spends about 17 hours a week watching TV or playing video games, another 17 hours a week playing outside and only about 6 hours a week reading.
- Parents who consider reading to be extremely or very important are twice as likely to have a child who reads every day.
- Children who were involved in a reading program last summer were up to two times more likely to read every day — but over half of parents said their child did not participate in a reading program at all last summer.
- Last summer, children who read because they wanted to were twice as likely to read than children who read because they had to.
- Despite the proliferation of e-books and digital formats, 83% of parents said their child preferred print books for summer reading, compared to 7% preferring tablets and 4% preferring e-readers.
While summer is the best time for all those experiences that make childhood so sweet — ice cream, camping, fireworks — it’s also a special time when children can choose to read exactly the books that interest them. Remember to let kids pick the books they want to read, and dig in to our special summer materials to work reading into all kinds of activities.
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What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice, and all that’s nice.
Well, not always.
Our girl, Coco in ‘You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp!’ is mischievous, naughty, and a stereotype-breaker of sorts.
The Kindle chapter book, written by Janet Pamela Noble and illustrated by Jacob Turner nicely handles the topic of sibling rivalry between Coco and her newly arrived, younger sister, Betsy and how Coco begins to accept Betsy. This is a topic that relates to children with expecting parents and would interest them. Some kids might even see themselves in Coco.
No matter what the initial rivalry may be, Coco cannot stand seeing her sister upset because of something she did. She does the right thing to make Betsy happy. It is good that a child is the main character in the story and she fixes the problem she creates, on her own. There is no preaching but showing by example of how the older one should be and perhaps something for the parents to learn as well; how to meet the older one’s needs even when there is a demanding younger one around.
Noble isn’t afraid to break stereotypes herself. To quote from the book, “This book is full of YUCKS, GGRRRRAAHHHS and SNNOOSSEEFFUUPPs.”
The illustrations are energetic and depict the multicultural aspect well. Coco’s emotions are captured accurately. Colors used are vibrant.
First published 2014 by Lemon Tree
Edition copyright © Lemon Tree 2014
Text copyright © Janet Noble 2014
Illustrations copyright © Jacob Turner 2014
Thanks for the lovely review, Lakshmi.
You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp! , a first chapter book for children ages 6 – 8 years old is now in the Amazon Kindle Store at http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D341689031&field-keywords=you%27re++pest+betsy+Thumbslurp
It had to happen…
After 20 years of being a children’s librarian and reading other people’s books – yep, I’ve gone and written one of my own! You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp! , a first chapter book for children ages 6 – 8 years old, with fab illustrations by Jacob Turner, is now in the Amazon Kindle Store at http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D341689031&field-keywords=you%27re++pest+betsy+Thumbslurp for the colossal price of £2.63!
I wrote you’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp! because I seemed to be surrounded by books all about naughty boys! Where do you find funny stories about misbehaving girls? It seems that in the 21st century girls are still not expected to behave truly badly.
And so You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp was born. I tried to create a sassy, feisty (and, occasionally, not very nice) girl character in a story that combines lashings of laugh-out-loud humour with huge helpings of ‘girl power’ and salami-size sluggettes of sibling rivalry. (Note to self: must cut down on alliteration!)
Enjoy – and if you can get round to posting a positive review, even better!
Read Elmer’s Special Day to a class of entranced 4 year olds in celebration today – Elmer still rocks!
Originally posted on Metro:
They say elephants never forget. But anyone who has read a children’s book in the past quarter of a century is unlikely to forget one particular elephant.
There are colourful characters, and then there is Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, who is this summer celebrating his 25th anniversary with Andersen Press publishers. A friendly beast whose skin is splashed with red, green, yellow, blue, white, black, orange, pink and purple squares, Elmer isn’t your typical elephant. But he is a very successful one.
The Elmer books, written and illustrated by British author David McKee, have sold more than seven million copies worldwide. And when you sell that many books, some people get picky about colour continuity. So has McKee kept Elmer’s rainbow palette accurate from page to page?
‘I try to. I make mistakes sometimes,’ he told…
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Here are the first reviews I have received for You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp! which is now on sale in the Amazon Kindle Store at http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D341689031&field-keywords=you%27re++pest+betsy+Thumbslurp
‘Brilliant! Can’t wait for this to come out as hardback or paperback.’
‘Cool that it’s a girl for a change. Go Betsy and hope to see more of you soon, you pest.’
‘Downloaded & loved it – such a great idea!’
‘I loved the book. It brought back so many memories for me. But I was the thumb sucker and my brother was the baby I was jealous of!’
Keep them coming!