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 […]

Read More

 

Book Review Competition Winners 2020

We have loved reading all of the fantastic, creative and inspiring book reviews sent to us this year! Thank you to each and every one of you for continuing to send them in to us. We have now had the chance to review them all and have chosen our winners! Congratulations to the following pupils, who […]

Read More

 

Awesome Book Awards 2020: Event Plans

Dear Readers With a heavy heart we are writing this post to tell you that this year’s Awesome Book Awards event on April 30th has been cancelled. Like your pupils we are really disappointed but the uncertainty around school closures and illness following the Easter break leaves us with no option. At such a time […]

Read More

 

March’s Author of the Month: P. G. Bell

Where did you write The Train to Impossible Places? I wrote it in a local coffee shop (where fellow children’s author Claire Fayers and I still get together to write every week), and at work in Cardiff University’s physics and engineering library. I was a part time library assistant there, and in the evenings after […]

Read More

 

Book Club Blog: Third Instalment

When I asked a pupil recently why they had selected a particular book, they replied: “because my friend told me it was good.”  I was struck by the power of a peer-to-peer book recommendation, which can have a far greater impact than the suggestions of teachers, parents and librarians. The annual Awesome Book Awards Book […]

Read More

 

January’s Author of the Month: Onjali Q. Raúf

Where did you write The Boy at the Back of the Class? Downstairs in the living room of my house, as at the time, I was recovering from major surgery and wasn’t allowed to venture outside or climb any stairs (my bedroom is in the attic so I had to sleep downstairs). I was very bored […]

Read More