Frost-Free Friday!

This time last week we were captivated by snow but today if we look at the window, we’re met with bright sun rather than a sprinkling of white- it’s still cold though!

The January edition of our High Lights newsletter for secondary schools filled with useful updates is now online and can be found here; you’ll also find an archive of our past editions on this page, so you can catch up with all of news going back to Spring last year!

Betjeman.jpgEntries are now welcome for the 2017 Betjeman Poetry Prize. Young writers between the ages of 10-13 are encouraged to write a poem on the theme of ‘place’ to be in with a chance of having their work selected by judges Chris Riddell (the current Children’s Laureate!) and poet Rachel Rooney. Fifty of the best poems will be printed in the BPP 2017 anthology and six shortlisted poets will be invited to a prize-giving ceremony in London on National Poetry Day where the overall winner will be announced and prizes awarded. For more information on how to enter, visit the Betjeman Poetry Prize website – make sure your young people have entered before the deadline of 31st July 2017.

Half term isn’t quite on the horizon but don’t miss out on the opportunity to see writer and illustrator Ed Vere draw alongside a live performance by the Britten Sinfonia at St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich on Friday 17th February. Suitable for ages 3-7, Ed will be creating pictures from his picture book ‘Max the Brave’ with a musical accompaniment from the renowned ensemble. For details- including tickets and show times- visit their website.

Our Friday Reads are below

Apryl: Fox and the Jumping Contest by Corey R. Tabor

foxFoxes are definitely one of my top 5 animals (full list available on request), so this book immediately appealed to me as a vulpine fan. Accompanied by brilliant illustrations, it tells the story of a Fox and his overwhelming determination to beat his fellow animal competitors and win first place in a jumping contest. However, despite his careful planning, his scheme to reach the top spot goes slightly awry and he ends up going much further afield…

As an aside, Fox appears to live in an incredibly nice house with lovely décor and a great fireplace; do you think he’s willing to sell?

(HarperCollins, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9780062398741, find it at a Norfolk Library)

Harriet: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea.pngHave you heard of the ship the Wilhelm Gustloff? Shamefully, I had not, yet its sinking in the Second World War was the deadliest disaster in maritime history. Along with other attacks on ships ferrying Germans, Lithuanians and other nationalities fleeing from the approaching Russians, it is reckoned that over 25,000 people lost their lives in the Baltic Sea in 1945. Yet many others did escape, including this author’s relatives, and it is through researching their stories that she has created this powerful and harrowing account. Seen through the eyes of different – fictional – young people, it is compulsive reading for anyone from about 13 upwards.

(Penguin, £7.99 paperback, ISBN  9780141347400)

Zoë: Singing Histories: Norfolk

Singing Histories.jpgWith a foreword by the Norfolk stalwart, Keith Skipper, this book and CD is a welcome addition to any local area project, enabling cross-curricular activities.

Stories from different parts of Norfolk (and beyond) complement a selection of traditional songs, notably Great Yarmouth, and tell of times gone by. Alan Helsdon sings all 14, accompanied by the customary accordion. There are 3 additional recordings on which Alan is joined by other singers.

The words and music, as well as photographs, are included on the CD. The book also contains the words and music for each song, as well as its story. I particularly enjoyed ‘On board a wherry’ as it is a very jaunty tune – reminding me of old sea shanties – and I could imagine people sitting on board, singing this on a summer’s evening after supper.

(If you’re interested in borrowing this title from us- get in touch!)

You’ll find out past Friday Read recommendations in our archive.


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