At the end of September, the National Literacy Trust published a report on the links between reading and mental well-being (Mental Wellbeing, Reading and Writing). We were inspired, so below are a few recommendations of recent titles which particularly connect with mental health: Stardust by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Briony May Smith A beautifully illustrated picture… Read More Reading & Wellbeing
Well, we’re six weeks into the new school year and half term is upon us already- not that this warm weather weather has us feeling particularly autumnal…! We often get requests from schools and teachers after particular types of books for all kinds of readers; recently, our librarian Harriet was asked for a flurry of… Read More Books for your Year 3s & 4s!
The end of next week sees the start of Norwich Science Festival, a nine-day celebration of all things science. Based at The Forum and with events happening across the city, the festival seeks to inspire with its exhibitions, shows and hands-on STEM activities for attendees of all ages- young and old! You can see the… Read More Norwich Science Festival 2018
Today is National Poetry Day, an annual celebration in the UK, established in 1994 to inspire people across the country to enjoy, discover and share poems. There’s a theme each year and for 2018, it’s ‘Change’. The National Poetry day website has lots of resources available, whether it’s their lengthy list of recommendations, their page of poems… Read More National Poetry Day 2018
Well, you can tell we’re truly in back to school mode: so busy, that we accidentally skip a week on the blog front- whoops! Below are a few extra Friday Reads from our team Don’t forget: you can find our archive of recommendations- including our other Friday Reads– just here. Apryl: Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell,… Read More Recommended Reads!
The UN International Day of Peace takes place on 21st September, a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. This year’s theme is ‘The Right to Peace- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70’ and below are a few recent additions to our stock which could… Read More Peace Day 2018
This week, schools across Norfolk said goodbye to the summer holidays and hello to a brand new academic year. While many enjoyed a 6-week sunshine-filled break, our team have been keeping busy in the office, working hard to assemble project boxes for use this term and adding to our stock lots of new and exciting… Read More Back to School 2018!
Where do you start with Chris Riddell?! Genius cartoonist every week for the Observer, illustrator for other authors, original author himself and illustrator of many fabulous picture books, not to mention his championship and support for libraries and his inspiring stint as children’s laureate. Phew! We thought we would identify just a few of his… Read More A Chris Riddell Celebration
The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education has put out some shocking statistics regarding children’s books featuring children of colour (read the report here). Looking at books published in 2017 the charity said that too few of these featured BAME main characters (just 1% in the UK!), and that there was not enough diversity in… Read More Diversity (or not) in Children’s Books
Now in it’s seventh year, the Norfolk Children’s Book Festival is an annual event we always look forward to. Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Norwich Cathedral, the one-day event is hosted by Norwich School and is a wonderful opportunity for young people to meet and hear from authors, promoting the importance of literacy… Read More Norfolk Children’s Book Festival, 2018!