Category Archives: Recommendations

World Book Day and Celebrity Authors.

The World Book Day organisers have named their chosen £1 books for WBD on March 1st 2018 and have unwittingly started a very interesting and fairly heated discussion on the current state of Childrens’ Book commerce and book charity distribution. … Continue reading

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Seven Years On

Seven years ago, we asked the incoming Y7s on their June Induction Day to send us a postcard during their summer break telling us what they were reading and what they thought of it. This kept us, the Librarians, very happy and … Continue reading

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UKYA Vlogs and Blogs and Book Tubing

In the past month via some serendipitous tweets @SeniorLibNHS   I have come across a rich vein of articles, blog posts and book tubes about childrens’ and Young Adult novels that completely open up the world of current and classic fiction for anyone over twelve (i’d … Continue reading

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Seven Stories is 10 Years Old

No, that is not a grammatical error. Seven Stories is the home for British children’s literature, the National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle. Housed in what used to be a Victorian mill with beautiful views of the Ouseburn River, … Continue reading

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Man Booker Short List Pop-Up Bk Gp.

There is a very interesting Short List this year for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. The prize is worth £50,000 to the winner of the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK.  The authors are from Nigeria, … Continue reading

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Nottingham High School E-Book Library

This Summer download an e-book to your device from Nottingham High School E-Library at www.vlebooks.com. Extension reading in English Lit and Language, Science/Medicine and Economics available 24/7 for current and prospective Sixth Form.  Also, fiction and a wide range of subject … Continue reading

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Dawn of the Unread

A new initiative driven by James Walker of Nottingham Writers’ Studio is the creation of an interactive reading environment Dawn of the Unread which combines Nottingham history, graphic fiction and digital learning with the work of local authors and artists … Continue reading

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50 Best Books for Cultural Diversity

  A few years ago I wanted to add the category of cultural diversity to our Year 7 Reading Challenge, but the term “cultural diversity” didn’t sit very well beside animal, fantasy and thriller so I named it Other Cultures … Continue reading

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The Fault in our Stars

John Green’s The Fault in our Stars, unsentimental but humane, is a bestseller with good reason.   It illustrates the way we can prevail through the worst of circumstances; a way we can manage the unchartered areas of our lives, adult or child.   (His … Continue reading

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World Book Night

Tuesday 23rd April is this year’s World Book Night, the evening when thousands of copies of brilliant books are given away by publishers via “Givers”, to spread the light of superb fiction around this island. As a Giver this year … Continue reading

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