The BBC’s Love To Read campaign comes to an end this weekend; you can find out more about the initiative here on the Literacy Trust website, as they’ve been one of the partners supporting the initiative which aims to celebrate the joy of reading for pleasure.
Over on twitter, readers are being encouraged to share photos of their favourite books in selfie form along with the #LoveToReads hashtag- even better if they’re taken in your local public library! We’ll be getting involved, as will Norfolk Libraries as a whole, so do make a point of checking our social media accounts over the weekend as we’ll be sharing our own book recommendations: find us at @NorfolkELS and visit Norfolk Libraries at @NorfolkLibs
This week two brilliant awareness-raising initiatives overlapped; Children’s Book Week 2016 (which we mentioned here) and the beginning of Non-Fiction November. The latter is an annual month-long celebration, established by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, drawing attention to the ‘wonderful world of non-fiction for children and young people’. This year, FCBG are encouraging children and book groups to create their own non-fiction books, allowing readers to get creative and consider the variety of non-fiction available. The FCBG’s website has a plethora of resources available here, and it’s worth taking a look at their twitter page (@FCBGNews) plus the #NNFN hashtag to see what’s being shared there. There’s also a competition to win 100 non-fiction books in collaboration with World Book Day but don’t forget, if you’re in need of some new and exciting NF books for your school, we have lots you’re able to borrow- just get in touch!
Now to this week’s Friday Reads which this week are suitably non-fiction themed:
Apryl: NY is for New York by Paul Thurlby
In last year’s National Non Fiction November post, I chose a book about my favourite city so when it came to finding something for this week’s NF-themed Friday Reads I thought to myself, “why break the habit?”.
This brilliant book by illustrator Paul Thurlby is an alphabetical whizz through some of the Big Apple’s finest parts, from landmarks like the Flatiron building, Brooklyn Bridge and Lady Liberty herself, to geographical areas of the city like Greenwich Village, the Upper West and the Borough of Queens (the city’s largest at 109 square miles). The wonderfully bright illustrations are paired with interesting facts about America’s most populated city; though I definitely take umbrage with the assertion that Yankees fans are some of the most knowledgeable around- let’s go Mets! I could spend hours looking at this if given half the chance…schools, look out for it in a project box near you soon if I can bare to let it leave my desk!
(Hodder Children’s Books, £14.99 hardback, ISBN 9781444930313)
Gail: Totally Wacky facts about Exploring Space by Emma Carlson Berne
This is one title in an attractive non-fiction series by Capstone Press. The book has fun snippets of information on each page and is illustrated throughout by photos and colourful font and images.
Find out important information such as ‘Space can make your head swell’ and ‘astronauts wear adult nappies’!!
(Capstone Press, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781491465301
Harriet: Secret Treasures of Ancient Egypt by Kate Sparrow and Esther Aarts
What an amazing story, of exploration and discovery, of lost ancient cities and riches – wow, I had no idea all this stuff was waiting to be discovered under the sea! It is all told in a great new book, written to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum. If you can’t get to that in person, this book will be almost as good in bringing the ancient civilisation to life, and conveying the thrills of discovery by maritime archaeologists. One tiny niggle is that there are no website suggestions, or references in the text to going to a museum to see the artefacts. Nevertheless I expect every child who reads this to want to be an archaeologist when they grow up!
(Nosy Crow, £11.99 hardback, ISBN 9780857637956)
You’ll find our archive of past Friday Reads here.