Talking about Betsy TODAY!!!

Jacob Turner and I are off to The Write Idea Festival this afternoon to present our talk. Wish us luck!

Reblogged from http://writeideafestival.org/event/janet-noble/

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Janet Noble put pen to paper nearly 30 years ago with the idea of having

her own book in print. Three children, a job as a school librarian and many

publisher refusals later, finally in 2015 she held in her hand a copy of her

book ‘You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp!’.

Janet, along with Betsy’s illustrator Jacob Turner, will talk about the pitfalls

and the paths to avoid in getting your book into print and how using ebooks,

social media and contacts you can grab the public’s attention with your book

Date: Sunday, November 15 2:30 pm

Venue: Lab 1a, Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU

Hope you can come along!

Talking about Betsy THIS SUNDAY!!!

Reblogged from http://writeideafestival.org/event/janet-noble/

WriteIdea2015Pic2

Janet Noble put pen to paper nearly 30 years ago with the idea of having

her own book in print. Three children, a job as a school librarian and many

publisher refusals later, finally in 2015 she held in her hand a copy of her

book ‘You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp!’.

Janet, along with Betsy’s illustrator Jacob Turner, will talk about the pitfalls

and the paths to avoid in getting your book into print and how using ebooks,

social media and contacts you can grab the public’s attention with your book

Date: Sunday, November 15 2:30 pm

Venue: Lab 1a, Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU

Hope you can come along!

Talking about Betsy!

Reblogged from http://writeideafestival.org/event/janet-noble/

WriteIdea2015Pic2

Janet Noble put pen to paper nearly 30 years ago with the idea of having

her own book in print. Three children, a job as a school librarian and many

publisher refusals later, finally in 2015 she held in her hand a copy of her

book ‘You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp!’.

Janet, along with Betsy’s illustrator Jacob Turner, will talk about the pitfalls

and the paths to avoid in getting your book into print and how using ebooks,

social media and contacts you can grab the public’s attention with your book

Date: Sunday, November 15 2:30 pm

Venue: Lab 1a, Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU

Hope you can come along!

A Lovely Letter from America

Here are some lovely comments (and stamps!) about You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp! from America.

Hello Janet, I was surprised when my doorbell rang today. It was the mail man and he had the books. I am so excited! I have already read mine, and will call Lauren to let her know it is here. Thank you, thank you. I am reading and laughing . They are full of humor, a pure delight for children. I know some of my friends have purchased the book. Congratulations again.   Hesba Gable

Having Fun at Idea Store Watney Market

Betsy Book Tour Continues

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Jake and I are at the Idea Store Watney Market tomorrow – can’t wait!

More Children are Enjoying Reading

Reblogged from https://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/more-children-are-enjoying-reading-11363982098430

Growing numbers of children are catching the reading bug and picking up a book outside of class, according to new research.

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Growing numbers of children are catching the reading bug and picking up a book outside of class, according to new research.

It reveals that, in 12 months, there was a 28.6% increase in the number of youngsters who read on a daily basis and not for their school work.

Those who read each day outside lessons are five times more likely to be above the expected level in the subject for their age group, compared to youngsters who never read outside school.

But the annual study, published by the National Literacy Trust, also shows a continuing gender gap, with boys less likely to enjoy reading than girls, and suggests that many youngsters would still rather watch TV than have their nose in a book.

Overall, reading levels have hit a new high, the report concludes, with record numbers of children and young people enjoying the activity every day.

More than half (54.4%) of the 32,000 youngsters questioned said they enjoy reading quite a lot or very much – the highest it has been since the Trust began the survey in 2010.

And just over two in five (41.1%) read daily outside of class, up from 32.2% the year before – a 28.6% increase.

There has been a drop in the proportion of youngsters who say their parents do not care if they spend any time reading – 24.3% said this, compared to 25.5% the year before.

But more than half (55.2%) of those polled still prefer watching TV to reading, although this is down slightly on the year before, and three in 10 (30.3%) say they cannot find things to read that interest them.

Just over one in four (27.6%) say they only read when they have to.

A breakdown shows that girls are keener on reading than their male classmates, with nearly half (46.5%) saying they read daily outside class, compared to 35.8% of boys, and more girls saying they enjoy the activity either very much or quite a lot.

Trust supporter Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse, said: “How good it is to have some heartening news about young readers, to know that there are so many now who have taken to reading and are making it part of their lives. This is quiet enrichment. This is growing awareness and understanding. This is the heart of the matter of education for life. But much is still to be done. Too many boys still seem disinterested in reading, and far, far too many children simply never become readers at all. So we writers and illustrators and storytellers, and parents and teachers, and publishers and booksellers, must continue to play our part. And government too should remember that literacy must first and foremost be enjoyed, if we are to engage our most reluctant readers, and remember too that libraries and librarians, both in schools and in our communities, must be a priority.”

Youngsters are reading a wide variety of materials, the report found, including websites, text messages, emails, ebooks, blogs, fiction, lyrics, comics and poems.

The study also examined youngsters’ background and found that those with a white heritage are least likely to enjoy reading and are more likely to have negative attitudes towards it.

Compared with children from other ethnic backgrounds, they are less likely to agree that reading is “cool” and more likely to say they would be embarrassed if their friends saw them read.

Trust director Jonathan Douglas said: “It is very encouraging to see that the number of children who read every day has radically increased. However, it is a real concern that a third of the most disadvantaged children think their parents do not care whether they read. More must be done to help parents realise what a difference reading with their children from a young age can make to their future.”

The survey questioned 32,026 eight to 18-year-olds in November and December.  

” … government too should remember that literacy must first and foremost be enjoyed, if we are to engage our most reluctant readers, and remember too that libraries and librarians, both in schools and in our communities, must be a priority.” Enough said.

Betsy Coming to Idea Store Watney Market on 27th May

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Come along and join in the fun!

Betsy Now Available at Bookmarks Bookshop!

 

You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp is now on sale in paperback for £4.50 from Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE, Telephone: 020 7637 1848.

To order a copy today go to http://www.bookmarksbookshop.co.uk/view/40729/You%2527re+a+Pest%252C+Betsy+Thumbslurp

Exciting!

Fantastic Feedback!

Hi Janet,
Thanks very much for coming to John Scurr and sharing your book.  The children were really inspired and enjoyed listening to the 2 of you and creating their own stories.  I think it worked very well, considering the time constraints.  I am sorry not more of them bought the books: it is Science Week and the parents had already been asked to contribute, also Book Fair next week…  A child rushed up to me later and said he’d read the book already and really enjoyed it.  So, hope you’re working on the next one..
 
Lucy Chambers
Librarian
John Scurr Primary School
Stepney
London
Our pleasure Lucy – Jake and I had a great time. And yes, I’m working on the next book right now!
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