CONTENTS March 2018

2 World Book Day: ideas to keep up the momentum from Tricia Kings


4 Crying in the Classroom or: How author Ali Sparkes was introduced to World Book Day


5 You’re just one click away from an author, says Tony Bradman

8 Windows into Illustration: Matt Carr


6 Authorgraph: Guy Bass interviewed by Damian Kelleher

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10 Ten of the Best: books by Helen Oxenbury and John Burningham chosen by Nicolette Jones

12 Beyond the Secret _________________________________________

Garden? England’s White and Pleasant Land Part two in a new series by Darren Chetty and Karen Sands O’Connor

14 Beetle Mania! M.G. Leonard interviewed by Michelle Pauli


15 Two Children Tell: Adventures as Sparrowhawk


16 The Wind in the Willows: a children’s classic?


18 Night Kitchen Magic: an extract from Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan

20 I Wish I’d Written… Kate Pankhurst chooses

20 Good Reads chosen by pupils at Glenthorne High School, Sutton

You’ve had a brilliant day with lovely Harry Potters, Matildas,

Gruffalos, and a cool Skulduggery

Pleasant. Everyone’s had a great time talking about books, joining in reading-inspired activities, and meeting with writers and artists.

And even better, it snowed this year – which meant World Book Day lasted for at least a week!

How might you keep the magic going right through the year, for your school and your library, for everyone?


Here are ideas and suggestions to help you do just that – with ‘go to’s’ all in one place, giving information about useful and inspirational organisations, websites and resources, and details of events and activities, all about enjoying reading.

Keep in touch! – with writers, artists and publishers

• Stay in contact with the authors you met on World Book Day. When you email to thank them, send them pictures and children’s work inspired by their visit. Keep up to date with their books and activities, via their websites.

• Pick up on themes in their books to talk about and explore in more detail. You’ll often find readers’ notes and activity ideas both on authors’ and on their publishers’ websites.

• Look for similar authors to read. _________________________________________ _________________________________________

• Sign up to publisher websites to get information about new books, competitions,


22 Reviewers and reviews Under 5s (Pre-School/ Nursery/Infant) 5-8 (Infant/Junior) + Ed’s Choice 8-10 (Junior/Middle) + New Talent 10-14 (Middle/Secondary) 14+ (Secondary/Adult)


32 Classics in Short No. 128 From palace to mineshaft with The Princess and the Goblin

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This issue’s cover illustration is from Children of Blood and

Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for their help with this March cover.

giveaways, reading and activity ideas, and publicity materials.

• Highlight an ‘author of the month’ in your library or classroom – get children to vote for their favourites.

• Invite more authors! You can do this via their websites, through publishers, or through agencies such as Authors Aloud and Contact an Author.

Keep in touch! – with reading enthusiasts and professionals Join a reading network. If you work in a library and you haven’t already joined a network like the School Library Association, the School Libraries Group or the Youth Libraries Group, make sure you do. Other networks you

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could join are run by the literacy organisations in the section below.

It’s a great way to make

contacts, get ideas and support, and keep up to date through meetings, courses, conferences – and unconferences!

Follow reading and library blogs – have a look, for example, at Library Mice and The History Girls.

Keep in touch! – with the world of reading and literacy

Here are some key literacy organisations which run reading programmes and events, and provide resources, training and inspiration:

BookTrust: BookTrust’s aim is getting children and families reading. Its wide-ranging website includes booklists, a Bookfinder, information on book awards, and tips for author visits.

CLPE – the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education This charity works to show how quality children’s literature can be placed at the heart of all learning, and offers resources, training and research information for primary school teachers.

Empathy Lab is an empathy, literature and social action programme based on research which shows that relating to book characters builds real- life empathy skills.

The National Literacy Trust works with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life, and offers evidence-based resources and programmes, including Premier League Primary Stars, and Love Our Libraries.

The Reading Agency works with partners aiming to make reading accessible for everyone, through programmes including the Summer Reading Challenge, Reading Hack, and Chatterbooks (including themed ideas packs for reading groups).

Link in! – with special book days, and reading initiatives

As well as World Book Day there are many other special days and reading initiatives which celebrate and encourage reading. Here are some to which you could link for a year-round calendar of World Book Day pleasure:

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