There is never enough time to do everything you plan to do. I knew that I would struggle to persuade students to join the new Shadowing Group, everyone is so busy and pressure is on the students to finish assignments, portfolios, exams etc. I received the Carnegie publicity material, bought a set of the shortlisted books and proceeded to put up my Carnegie display in the centre of the library.
The Head of English told me that she had three girls interested in joining the Group, oh well I thought to myself we’ll just go with three, after all they say that it is the quality not the quantity that is important. As the day progressed I noticed a girl hovering around the display, I asked her if she would give some thought to joining our Group. Then at lunchtime a couple of boys came in, again drawn to the display, so I asked them and they said that they would come to the meeting to find out what it was all about. They spoke to two other friends and before I realised what had happened I had eight students in my little Group, four boys and four girls, perfect!
They worked so hard and really contributed to the meetings, the teachers supported us by allowing the students to attend the meetings. Two of the Group entered the ‘Journey’ writing competition, sadly they never won,books were read and the Shadowing Magazine was completed. I am so proud of their commitment to the Shadowing process and the Shadowing Magazinemagazine_preview 2 turned out so well!
Learning Resource Centre Manager
Taylor High School
The School Library Association Information Book Awards nominees have been announced.
The 12 – 16 category includes:
- Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport.
- How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer by Celia Joicey and Dennis Nothdruft.
- Starving the Anxiety Gremlin by Kate Collins-Donnelly, illustrated by Rosy Salaman.
- Who’s Who of World War I by Clive Gifford.
- Weird Sea Creatures by Erich Hoyt.
Also on World Book Day, the winners of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2012 were announced:
The winner of the Bookbug (aged 3 – 7) category is:
The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell, published by Andersen
The winner of the Younger Readers (aged 8 – 11) category is:
The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts by Jonathan Meres, published by Orchard
The winner of the Older Readers (aged 12 – 16) category is:
The 13th Horseman by Barry Hutchison, published by HarperCollins
A video of the event will soon be available at the above link.
From the Scottish Book Trust website
We would like to encourage schools to create a reading culture throughout their school community. To help with this we’ve created an Adventures in Reading poster. It details the many Scottish Book Trust projects schools can get involved with, as well as suggesting activities to try in school throughout the year. We have also highlighted some projects from other organisations which we think schools could benefit from taking part in.
You can download an A4 PDF of the poster.
If you’d like an A2 sized copy of the poster to put in your staffroom please email your name and address to Heather Collins @ Scottish Book Trust
The Scottish Children’s Book Awards Shortlist was announced today and the titles look great.
From their e-mail:
The Scottish Children’s Book Awards (formerly Royal Mail Awards) run by Scottish Book Trust are voted for entirely by children and young people across Scotland.
Taking part is easy. There are 5 steps to follow:
Register > Read > Discuss > Review > Vote
This year’s shortlist is:
Bookbug Readers Category 3-7 Years:
- The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell
- Jack and the Flumflum Tree by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by David Roberts
- Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner
Younger Readers Category 8-11 Years:
- Out of the Depths by Cathy MacPhail
- Soldier’s Game by James Killgore
- The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts by Jonathan Meres
Older Readers Category 12-16 Years:
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- The 13th Horseman by Barry Hutchison
- The Prince Who Walked With Lions by Elizabeth Laird
You can find out more about the awards, access linked resources and get involved by visiting their website. http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/scottishchildrensbookawards
The s1-s2 (aged 12-13) Book Thieves are a keen group of readers. I am trying to weigh up whether or not they can actually read a book without a cup of tea in front of them. Like me. At the moment we are reading and reviewing the Carnegie Medal shortlist, starting with Trash by Andy Mulligan. Trash is about three boys living in a dumpsite in Manila. It goes on to explain from each character’s point of view the events that will shape the course of their futures forever. Will they find a better life? What is the mysterious find they stumble across whilst raking through the trash? Can you still have hope in the most miserable of circumstances?
I am going to
make ask them to comment on our Greenfaulds blog at lunchtime. I reckon they’ll get really excited at the idea of their comments being made visible not just to us at Greenfaulds but potentially the WHOLE WORLD!!!
I am lucky enough to have 12 enthusiastic and avid readers visit me every Friday in the LRC for book related discussions and activities. Every Friday the kids pour in to switch on the kettle for a nice cuppa with lunch. We catch up on the gossip and then get down to business.
Two weeks ago, English teacher Mrs Mullaney came to talk to the group about this exciting new Carnegie shadowing scheme the group are now involved with. We also discussed our favourite sorts of stories. Mrs Mullaney enjoys stories about zombies the most, we think! Don’t encourage the kids, Mullaney! They are already hooked on vampire romance; the inclusion of zombies would only serve to add even more confusion to the kids’ theories on immortality.
The kids don’t all just love vampires exclusively though; we do have Susannah with an “eclectic” reading taste who will read just about anything. You’ve gotta love Susannah – she makes that part of my job so much easier.
Anyway, Kirsty, Kirsty, Fyn, Jamie, Julia, Tiffany, Susanna, Amy,Tegan, Heather, Eilidh, and Caureen are all enjoying the idea of the shadowing scheme. So far everyone is really intrigued by Trash by Andy Mulligan.. the writer really helps us visualise what is must be like to live in such atrocious conditions. We are reading it at home and on a chapter by chapter basis as part of the group. We then discuss what’s happening in the story and where we think the writer is going next.
Keep an eye on our shortlist reviews by visiting the Carnegie Medal Shadowing page and click on Greenfaulds High School Book Thieves.
On Friday the School Library Resource Centre at St Maurice’s HS welcomed Helg Harper and Hilde Solhaug from Askim videregående skole in South East Norway. They and their colleagues (190 in total) were in Scotland on a short staff development trip and were taking the opportunity to learn more about the Scottish Education system.
In a visit arranged by the Scottish branch of the School Library Association, Helg and Hilde came to St Maurice’s before heading on to visit a school in Glasgow. Ms Cameron, LRCM @ St Maurice’s gave the two ladies a tour of the school before spending the morning in the LRC discovering how Scottish School Libraries run and exchanging ideas which they can take home to Norway.
Although Askim videregående skole is mainly a Sixth Form/Technical College , with academic and vocational courses and has about 900 pupils aged 16-19, it was a great opportunity to show them our initiatives here in North Lanarkshire for our older pupils. They had a chance to explore our blogs and find out about our Catalyst awards as well as how we go about improvement planning and supporting pupils with Careers information, Information Skills and other initiatives at a more local level.
Thanks to Hilary Petrie for arranging the visit. We hope they enjoyed their trip to Scotland!