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Nina Simon: The Coronation, the King and Me

It was just another workday, when an email popped into my inbox from ‘Honours Mailbox’ inviting me to the King’s Coronation.  My first reaction was “is this a scam’? On confirming its authenticity, my next thought was “why me?’  ...


Tracks Through Poplar

Taking the train and railways in East London as a starting point – Global Learning London with teachers and children in Poplar – created an innovative online resource based around a 150-year-old steam locomotive ‘Poplar’....


A Portrait of Black Artists

Books which focus on inspiring black icons that will be ideal for your primary school library (with a special focus on activist artist Faith Ringgold), selected by Sharon Walsh from Westminster SLS....


St Mary’s Primary School: Shelf Life

When Year 6s from St Mary’s Primary school asked for a library where they could relax and enjoy books, Deputy Head Amanda Bishop sought advice from Wandsworth Learning Resources Service. Amanda and librarian J Lythgoe meet to discuss...


Two Girls, Two Diaries, Two Wars

Two girls who lived through two frightening wars, 80 years apart.  Both wrote diaries describing their experiences. Both entries start with a birthday. One ends tragically, the other with sanctuary....


Running a Book Club

A look at how book clubs can support book awards by Diane Scarborough from Lancashire School Library Service. Tips include how to encourage students to get involved and how to structure sessions as well as useful voting criteria....


Unleash the power of poetry

Encourage your students to write their own poems by sharing advice and inspiration from Joseph Coelho, author of My Beautiful Voice, and Michael Rosen suggests Nina Simon from Redbridge SLS....


Around the world with maps and compasses

In times of driverless cars and GPS (Global Positioning System) are traditional devices for orientation in the field, such as a map and compass, tools of the past? The short answer is not yet, writes Wanda Gajewski from Wandsworth LRS....


Shelfie Love

Preston-based Jake Hope has found all sorts of ways to bring the best reading to children, especially those living in the north of England. Here he discusses how children’s books and libraries make life better....


Elmer: beautiful joker offering big life lessons

Pat ElliottWestminster SLS Librarian’s view: I work with London school children as both a librarian and heritage educator, and regularly meet pupils with special needs as well as those from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. It n...


Big book lessons

Why big books? There is something amazing about big book versions of good children’s books. The large print and bright and colourful illustrations appeal are a sure hook into their content and draw readers into a story and are easy for...


Future of Primary School Libraries

The future of primary school libraries report, published today by the National Literacy Trust and partners provides a welcome focus on an essential part of primary school life for children....


World War Two literature

Laura Bennett from Tower Hamlets SLS looks at classic World War Two literature and an impressive collection of newer titles that will spark debate and conversation....


We Are Refugees

At a time when desperate people fleeing the Taliban in Afghanistan is still headline news, it is pertinent to look at the issue of young refugees coming to England and how they are accepted at school writes Nina Simon from Redbridge SLS....


Challenging Gender Norms

With diversity the new laser focus in schools up and down the country, it’s not a surprise that people are starting to question the unconscious gender bias that can be found in texts....


Click Safe

How picture books help children learn about E-safety by Head of Tower Hamlets Library Service, Gillian Harris, MBE....


Alternative Fairy Tales

Alternative versions of fairy tales can help children understand how the stories came to be told, how they are passed down through generations and how they change over time....


Click With Care

This fantastic pack features all the resources which you could need to raise the awareness among KS2 pupils about online risks, safety and behaviour. It will provide interesting topics for discussions about being online and e-safety....


Are Babies Too Little for Books?

It is never too early to give a child a book. They don’t even need to be able to sit up. Prop them on your knee and as soon as their eyes begin to focus, babies will look at a picture with interest. Helen Oxenbury’s board books, All...


Saying Goodbye

With carefully chosen literature about loss and grief, in particular the much-loved picture book Badger’s parting gift, you can start a discussion that explores the cycle of life and enables you to craft lasting memories with children....


An interview with Chitra Soundar

Chitra Soundar is the author of more than 40 books for children who identifies as a “dreamer, bookworm, writer, author, storyteller” and has a real passion for picture books with stories you want to read aloud....