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Nicolette Jones in her Easter roundup of the season’s best children’s books includes this praise for Running On Empty by SE Durrant
Lyrical, moving and realistic, SE Durrant’s Running on Empty (Nosy Crow £6.99, 8-11) is about the struggle of an 11-year-old carer who is starting secondary school and wants to run like Usain Bolt. With a rich and diverse cast, it sings.
The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson reviewed by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Variously described as folklore, fantasy and mystery, The Wren Hunt wears its labels lightly, shedding one genre for another with a sort of slippery grace that initially confuses. But the story takes flight once Wren is ensconced in the judges’ territory, and the book settles into a deft equilibrium between thriller and myth. Watson’s writing has the sort of poise rarely found in a debut, moving the plot at a steady pace, shot through with moments of true beauty.
Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give is the
Overall Winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018
Waterstones said, “This remarkable debut seizes the sorrow and hope of the Black Lives Matter movement and creates a story that blazes with injustice and inspiration.”
Waterstones has issued an exclusive collector’s edition of this year’s winner.
The Illustrated Books category winner was The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton
And the Younger Fiction Category winner Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
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CAMPAIGN TO BRING STORIES TO LIFE FOR ALL CHILDREN REACHES £7000 TARGET
LIFE-Changing Stories, a campaign from Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books to bring books and stories to life for North East children with additional needs has beaten its target of £7000 in under a month, emulating the recent success of CLPE’s library campaign.
The museum and gallery, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, launched their appeal to raise £7000 to fund a range of fully accessible events and experiences that will allow children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to step into their favourite stories in an inclusive and sensory environment.
In light of the incredible achievement, the charity have announced that they are now looking to stretch the target by £500 to specifically fund opening the Visitor Centre later to enable families with additional needs to enjoy a quieter experience of Seven Stories. Seven Stories audience research shows that families would benefit from later opening times and by allowing families this flexibility the centre aims to encourage even more children to embrace books; raising their aspirations and providing a platform for building confidence levels, coping with feelings and language and learning.
Kate Edwards, chief executive of Seven Stories said, “I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the North East community and our friends across the UK. You have helped us to open up the colourful, wonderful world of children’s books to lots more children and families with additional needs. All of the money raised will go towards making our activities more accessible to children with additional needs and their families by providing sensory resources that will bring our exhibitions, events and stories to life in a whole new way.
“Our brand new exhibition, Time to Get Up, encourages children and grown-ups to engage their senses and touch, smell, listen and see stories in a whole new way. The original artwork and manuscripts in the exhibition will be displayed using an entirely new method inspired by touch and feel boards, a first for a British cultural venue. This unique method of curation enables children to explore new, immersive and inclusive ways of engaging directly with the original artwork in the gallery. Young story explorers can see, touch, smell and hear their way through a variety of sensory activities, all linked to the exciting new experiences and routines that every young child encounters.
“Our ambition is for Seven Stories to be a hub for parents and carers of children with disabilities to socialise, play and learn more about how to enrich their children’s lives through the wonderful world of children’s books.
As well as providing additional sensory experiences and BSL / Makaton interpretation for performances and story times, the money raised will also allow the team to increase opportunities for children with additional needs and their families to experience Seven Stories in a calmer, quieter environment.
Beth Coverdale, learning and participation co-ordinator and access champion said, “Hustle and bustle can be overwhelming and we want to offer high-quality sensory performances tailored for children with additional access needs. Our relaxed story times and performances will have all the magic of a Seven Stories event and will provide a supportive but informal atmosphere for everyone that needs it. These sensory performances have a slightly smaller audience capacity than other showings, to help contribute to a calmer environment for children experiencing stress or anxiety.”
Seven Stories is one of the leading inclusive cultural venues in the region and was awarded the Inclusive Tourism Award at the annual North East England Tourism Awards in 2017.
Money raised through the campaign was eligible for match funding though the Newcastle Culture Investment Fund, in partnership with Newcastle City Council and the Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and has been kindly matched now the centre has successfully reach their target.
To pledge your support to children and families across the North East visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/life-changing-stories today and join the conversation online by using #lifechangingstories.
Teachers have been recognised for their important work in encouraging reading for pleasure in new awards from Egmont, with the Open University and UKLA
The winners of the inaugural Egmont Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards, in association with the Open University and the UK Literacy Association (UKLA), were announced in London today, at the UKLA/BERA/OU Research Symposium 2018.
Emily Crumbleholme from Peover Superior Primary School, Knutsford won the Early Career Teacher category, which recognises the work of teachers who are still in the early stages of their career. By creating a relaxed environment within the classroom and ensuring dedicated reading time, Emily encourages her pupils to discuss books, and focus on their current interests as well as reaching out to engage parents.
Jon Biddle from Moorlands Primary Academy, Belton, Norfolk won the Experienced Teacher category, for teachers who have been in the role for over three years. Jon has established a ‘book buddy’ system, specifically designed for helping children who need extra assistance with their reading. The system utilised teachers, pupils, support and office staff, so creating a reading community.
St Matthew’s C of E Primary School in Birmingham won the Whole School Award, in recognition of coherent school-wide initiatives to dedicate time and space to reading for pleasure in every classroom with staff and students.
Each category winner receives an individual award, Egmont books to the value of £250 for their school and 20 copies of Help Your Child Love Reading by Alison David.
The awards were launched following extensive research into reading for pleasure by Egmont and the OU and UKLA over many years. Together these studies suggest teachers have limited awareness of children’s literature beyond the tried and tested classics, and lack a coherent reading for pleasure teaching strategy. However, curriculum pressures and an emphasis on testing detracts from their abilities to dedicate time and space for this which in turn this has a direct knock-on effect on children’s development as readers. The aim of the Egmont Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards is to demonstrate the positive impact that reading for pleasure can have on all aspects of a child’s life. By recognising and celebrating teachers who are currently putting reading for pleasure at the heart of their classrooms, it is hoped the award will serve to inspire others to use similar practices in the future.
The award has been endorsed by over 20 organisations, including The Reading Agency, Cambridge University and the School Library Association, who recognise the impact that dedicated reading time can have. The final submissions were judged by a panel of experts including Michael Rosen (Professor of Children’s Literature / Educational Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London), Teresa Cremin (Professor of Education Literacy), Open University), David Reedy (General Secretary, UKLA), Joy Court (Chair: CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals,), Cally Poplak (Managing Director, Egmont Publishing) and Alison David (Consumer Insight Director, Egmont).
“We were so impressed with the creative, innovative and entertaining ideas that were demonstrated in the submissions,” said Alison David, Consumer Insight Director at Egmont Publishing. “From our research we know how important it is that children read for pleasure. The interesting thing about reading for pleasure is that you can’t teach it! It is not a set of skills to acquire. Teaching reading is teaching literacy, it’s incredibly important, but not to be confused with helping children establish a lifelong love of reading, simply for the pure joy of it. However, reading for pleasure can be shared, modelled, and encouraged. These amazing teachers and schools, with their inspirational research-informed ideas, understand that.”
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Eight weeks before the release of her debut novel, Keira Drake woke up to 50 messages on Twitter asking if she was OK. Her novel, “The Continent,” was to be published in January, and the hardcovers were printed and ready to go.
Drake, a former freelance marketing consultant from Salt Lake City, logged on and saw that her book – which had been circulating in advance reader copies for seven months – had been called racist, and the outcry was growing. Twitter threads live-tweeting the book (many now deleted) burned with angry reactions. Others warned their friends not to read it.
“I’m still in shock at the Native American representation in The Continent BTW,” one person said. “This book could really do some damage.”
Drake, 42, said she tried to defend herself, including on her since-deleted blog. “But as the day went on, I realized, ‘Oh, my God. Oh, it’s so true.'”