We’re only a few days into 2014, but already there’s lots to report on. Firstly, here’s a fascinating discussion with past and present Children’s Laureates Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Rosen and Malorie Blackman. (Incidentally, an exhibition about Wilson is on its way to the V&A in London.) Barbara Band discusses the programme in her latest blog, and makes important points about the role of school libraries and librarians. Barbara has also written an excellent guest blog for the Edge about some of the fantastic things school librarians do to promote reading. The photo shows part of the lovely library at Grange School in Daventry, one of the schools where I gave inset days this week.
Many school and public libraries have fantastic reading groups. I have just come across an activity that would be great for teenage ones: Reading Bingo from Random House. Worth looking at the adult as well as the YA version, as there are some lovely ideas in it.
Still on young people’s reading, Julia Eccelshare’s latest piece is on detective novels for teenagers. Lots of suggestions from readers at the end about good authors and books.
I am delighted that Jim Trelease has brought out a new edition of his inspiring Read-Aloud Handbook. It’s not yet on sale in the UK, but you can get hold of copies from the US. Mine is on its way. Meantime, Matt Renwick has chosen his top ten takeaways from the book.
Finally picture books. Author Cerrie Burnell writes about their importance to her. Many adults and children will love Katie Morag on CBeebies. The programmes are on iplayer. Lastly, here are Judith Kerr and Shirley Hughes talking together about their work.