March’s Author of the Month: Damaris Young

Where did you write The Switching Hour? I wrote The Switching Hour when I was studying on the Writing For Young People MA at Bath Spa University. The building looks a bit like a castle and it’s surrounded by woodland. Even peacocks roam around the grounds! It’s a magical place, perfect for writing stories.  What […]

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Reading in Lockdown

As an English teacher, I regularly question our pupils about their lockdown reading during our online lessons. Their answers can very easily be divided into two camps. Without the face to face support of their teachers and librarians, some pupils feel more detached than ever from their reading. They can’t browse the shelves in the […]

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Book Review Competition

We are excited to launch The Awesome Book Awards 2021 Book Review Competition. We would love to hear what your pupils thought of these amazing books. Please encourage your pupils to submit a review of their favourite of the five shortlisted titles. Reviews can be written on paper, scanned and emailed, or forwarded on an electronic document, […]

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January’s Author of the Month: Nizrana Farook

Where did you write The Girl Who Stole an Elephant? I wrote the beginning of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant sitting at my desk one cold and dreary December while wishing myself somewhere warm and colourful. I think the book reflects that! What inspired you to write your book? I was doing a piece […]

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Awesome Christmas Books

Whilst our shortlist is hopefully keeping your pupils busy, there is always time to snuggle up in front of the tree with a Christmas classic. We have selected our top five awesome Christmas books from Bookshop to get children into the festive spirit this year; the perfect stocking fillers to keep imaginations running wild over […]

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A Librarian’s Lockdown Reflection

It was with a mixture of trepidation and excitement that I returned to School in September this year following our enforced extended time away. I had missed the contact with the children so much; the crowded break times with pupils vying to be the first to read the latest edition of The Beano, the groups of […]

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