(Momentary) Snowmania

Did you see the snow? It graced us with its presence for a brief period this morning and we found it to be very distracting; who knew a car park viewed from a window could look so picaresque?


Some other things worth your attention now that the snow (in Norwich, at least!) has begun to thaw:

  • The latest edition of our Book Bites newletter for primary schools is now online. As usual, it contains lots of useful info and news, so do have a read.
  • Writers Centre Norwich this week launched details of the Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2017, open to young creatives aged 11-18. More information about the competition, including submission guidelines and where to send entries to, can be found on the WCN website just here or by viewing this flyer.
  • This year, the Carnegie and Greenaway awards are celebrating some big anniversaries, 80 years of Carnegie and 60 years of Kate Greenaway. In recognition of this, blogger Jake Hope will be reading and reviewing all of the past CILIP Carnegie Medal winning books on a special CKG anniversary blog. You can get involved too by adopting a book to read and discuss within your shadowing groups; find details of how to do this just here.
  • A new list of mood-boosting books have been selected by Reading Hackers as part of the Reading Well scheme. The collection (here) includes titles by Patrick Ness, Rainbow Rowell, Holly Bourne amongst others and includes poetry and a graphic novel. We’re working on ensuring as many of these are represented on our specialist eBook platform for schools, but why not check the Norfolk Library catalogue to see if your local branch has copies too? Remember: you can reserve books to collect from wherever is nearest to you!

Phew! News overload. Friday Reads below, and don’t forget you can find our archive of recommendations just here. Why not tell us what you’re reading too, by leaving a comment?

Apryl: Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall

Bunny.JPGThis is a lovely picture book about what Rabbits may (or may not) get up to when no-one is watching.

Wonderful illustrations accompany a simple, lyrical story in which the bunnys’ festivities are disrupted by a vulpine intruder; is he there to cause havoc or does he just want to join in the fun…?

(Hodder Children’s, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781444919868)


Harriet: Snowflake in My Pocket by Rachel Bright, illustrated by Yu Rong

snowflake-pocketHow very weather appropriate! The most delicately exquisite illustrations raise this simple tale out of the ordinary, and it is all very sweet and warm – enough to melt any snowflake! A squirrel wants to share some of the joy of the snowfall with his poorly friend Bear, but of course by putting a snowflake in his pocket it melts – unlike their friendship. Awww!

(Walker Books, £6.99 Paperback, ISBN 9781406371819, find it at a Norfolk Library)


Zoë: Match! Joke Book illustrated by Russ Carvell

jokes.jpgThis is a wonderful collection of football jokes from the number 1 selling annual, supported by many humorous illustrations. Lots of the jokes are old favourites adapted to suit the subject yet there are also new jokes too; several made me smile and a good number even brought forth a chuckle. As always, the best ones used great wordplay.

No aspect of the game is safe, with many of the jokes being quite topical, especially a certain referee joke which I read ahead of the Euro 2016 final. You’ll have to read the book to find out what it was!

(Macmillan Children’s Books, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9781509824991, find it at a Norfolk Library)


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