We recently attended an inspirational CPD session organised by the Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth (and we blogged about it here!). Author Sita Brahmachari demonstrated an amazing textile artefact which she uses to engage and intrigue children (and the grown-ups!) before they encounter her lovely prize-winning novel ‘Artichoke Hearts’. We liked her idea… Read More Sita’s Patchwork Storytelling
As the UK approaches – possibly – crunch time with Europe, we thought we would look at a few of the European authors and illustrators who have enriched children’s publishing here. Of course, much loved characters like Asterix, Tintin and Pippi Longstocking have been around since long before the European Union was even created, but… Read More European Reads
Much loved illustrator John Burningham sadly passed away a few weeks ago, so we will have no more of his distinctive picture books to look forward to. But he has left a great legacy, including his Mr Gumpy classics and his lovely sad Granpa (dealing with bereavement). His style was spare, with plenty of white… Read More Books by John Burningham
Last autumn, we were gifted a train set, a real-life, battery-operated, moves and everything train set. Don’t believe us? See for yourself: There it is! The train set lives in our Toys in the Past artefact box which can be borrowed from us for a term for a small fee- get in touch if you’d… Read More Tr-Tr-Trains!
We’re just over a week into 2019 and we’ve been very busy, with project boxes leaving and returning to our office as new ones head into schools and last term’s make their way back to us. We’ve also found time to publish the latest edition of our Book Bites newsletter for primary schools, which can… Read More New Year, New Newsletter…!
Week three of our book advent has arrived which means- brace yourselves- that actual real life Christmas is only ONE WEEK AWAY. Isn’t that bananas? Two weeks ago, our library assistant Zoë shared four books she’d like to receive this holiday season and last week, our manager Caroline let us know what she’s hoping to find under the tree this… Read More Book Advent: Week 3!
As you may have seen last week, our book advent has returned for a fifth(!) year and as usual, we’ll be counting down the weeks to Christmas using our university challenge topic of choice: BOOKS! Last Monday, our library assistant Zoë shared four books she’d like to receive this holiday season and this week, our manager… Read More Book Advent: Week 2!
We don’t want you to get too excited, but we’ve heard a vicious rumour that next week, our annual festive countdown may be returning… We can neither confirm or deny this, though what we will say is KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED for what may or may not appear on this blog sometime next week…. *looks shifty*… Read More December is Coming…
This week, some of our ELS team attended the Virtual School for Children in Care conference and had some interesting conversations with teachers. Here is a sample of the books we took along and displayed on our stand, which we shared with the public libraries: In My Heart by Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey A… Read More Stories About Feelings
This coming Sunday, 11th November, marks the First World War centenary: 100 years since the end of the Great War. To commemorate the occasion, we’ve shared a few recommendations of titles you could share with your young people to facilitate discussion about the Armistice. All of the listed titles are available to borrow from us-… Read More Books about the First World War