OOOH it's like going on a yearly spa trip for readers when you go to the Norfolk Children's Book Centre's Conference.....
Fabulous day today...before I get into bed with one of the many books purchased-books don't count do they???-just two at ten (well almost!) that are a MUST HAVE for internet safety in one sweep. If I've seen any of you in person over the last few years in schools I'm sure I've already told you about Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross' 'Chicken Clicking'. Their sequel is 'Troll Stinks' and is fabulous and you must read it straight away and read it to your children too. That's all for now but more book titles soon AND amazing pictures of book making which was, once again, gloriously creative.
ooh I've been away for far too long Imagineers....largely because I've been reading A LOT and teaching A LOT and somehow have missed blogging A LOT.
But I've been meaning to tell you about this little corker 'Silo the Seer' by V. Peyton. I've had it for every such a long time in the Storyshack cabin but have just missed it as something to read. Finally I picked it up and it's a really smashing read for 8+ I'd say. Silo is an orphan who also loses his 'guardian angel' early on so he has lots to contend with. He is sent to become a 'SEER' because he is recognised, but the authorities, as having a gift but they want that gift for something different and, as you might suspect, things are not always what they seem. There are some dastardly rivals, some loyal pals and scrapes and adventures. It's a really good read and I'm looking forward to the next one.
'Marvels' By Brian Selznick (who wrote HUGO) is a beautiful book based on some aspects of a very creative, imaginative occurrence. I would say to get the best out of the book it should probably be a 12+ read i.e. secondary school as there are some themes in the book that are worth discussing and I just there is an age where you would get more out of it. In the first half of the book the story is told through beautiful black and white illustrations and then continued in text. I don't want to say too much about it as it really makes you think about what's real and what isn't, about families and friendships and being true......open it up, you're in for a treat and you have a beautiful book for you shelf to gaze at too.
it when I was little and wanting to sleep on a leaf OR , as a later poem by Tennyson is illustrated, in a shell. Just very 70s childhood to me and totally indulgent but hey ho. Also beautiful line drawings inside to accompany a mighty fine selection of poems by Tennyson, Kate Greenaway, Christina Rossetti to name but a few. Track it down if you don't already have it and if you do dig it out for a poetry trip.
A blustery day at Folk East but that didn't deter beautiful book making...that's the Folk of the East for you :-)
If you'd come any earlier you'd have found me curled up with it and not wanting to put it down. It's a unique idea about 'heritage crime' - a new law which states children are now responsible for any previously undetected crime committed by their parents. Those children are then imprisoned and maimed by a strap key in their back which tracks their every move, limits their movement causing them to 'strut' so they are called 'strutters'. They live in cramped conditions, never see daylight and have to endure 'correction' where particular children's families are highlighted for their past deeds which is also broadcast across the nation.
This is chastening read especially for our current climate and explores what happens when powerful people use fear as a weapon and mark humans against humans. It's gripping, sometimes uncomfortable but un put down able. One for 12+ I'd say but well worth a read. I really like Simon Mayo's writing even though it makes me feel old because I can remember him on Radio 1!
You don’t have to wait until the
Norfolk Children’s Book Conference in November.
STORYSHACK can come to you and make books,
re-ignite your passion for reading so you can re light reading fires in your school: www.storyshack.org
there are still places at READING INSPIRATION
Tuesday July 12th 3.30-5pm at STORYSHACK £25
“everything great that ever happened in this world happened first in someone’s imagination” Astrid Lindgren
Ain't that the truth....really interesting article and reminded me of one of my favourite childhood books about 'The Six Bullerby Children' by Astrid Lindgren which has since been re illustrated by Tony Ross as 'The Children of Noisy Village' and 'Happy Times in Noisy Village'. Very charming and just a lovely slice of Lisa's life in a small village. I can remember lots of chapters of this book-pulling her brother Lars ' teeth out and hiding them under a floor board and a lovely bit which I still think about for birthdays. Lisa moves into a new room for her birthday which I thought was just wonderful-her doll's house is put in there, she has her own bed, her own chair and her own rag rug. It's just about the important things and would be a great first chapter book read.
I actually know of Astrid Lindgren through this route not through her most well known character Pippi Longstocking.
I love the quote above though and thoroughly believe it. Where would we be without imagination?
"There will be times in your life when you will be lost and confused. The way back to yourself is through reading."
Half term reading has started with a bag with Matt Haig's 'Echo Boy'. A gripping story about Audrey and her search for answers after her parents are killed by an ECHO - Enhanced Computerized Humanoid Organism. The story is a Sci Fi Thriller for 13+ and you'll probably need to put aside some hours because you might feel the urge to read it in one sitting-therefore perfect for the holidays. It is thought provoking and raises many questions about what it means to be human and the power of technology versus humans who feel.....very topical indeed.
Matt Haig's writing about the power of reading also struck a chord with me as he writes as Audrey recalls her mum encouraging her to read:
" 'A book is a map,' she said, after I had finished reading Jane Eyre. 'There will be times in your life when you will feel lost and confused. The way back to yourself is through reading. There is not a problem in existence that has not been eased, somewhere and at some time, by a book. I want you to remember that. The answers have all bee written. And the more you read , the more you will know how to find your way through those difficult times.' "
What a lovely adventure....here's a story about children at a beach who set off on an amazing adventure. Who hasn't done this when they were little and if you haven't...it's NEVER too late! There's lovely rhyme-perfect for reading aloud and saying together AND Helen Oxenbury's delightful illustrations so really what is not to like? I'm sure you already know it but if you are heading to the beach and you haven't got a copy you can find one in Storyshack OR your library. HAPPY IMAGINGING.
Avid reader, sometimes a headteacher AND founder of Story shack. A place where you can release your imagination and see where it takes you....
Release your imagination......
Explore new worlds.
Make your own stories.
Explore a map-real or fantasy....where do you want to go? Make your own and see where your imagination takes you.