Read any good books lately?
Research from the Institute of Education shows that those who read for pleasure perform significantly better in an academic sphere than those who do not. Click here for more information.
Chinese New Year saw us hosting two great craft sessions in the library. Calligraphy enabled us to write our names in Chinese characters, while the origami session saw us twisting our fingers and paper to make all sorts of beautiful creations!
Great websites to find great books
A great site for finding the next book in a series.
All you need to know about books both new and old.
The online version of the newspaper has a great section for teenage books, where you can get involved in forums and review writing.
Books for Keeps
This is the UK's leading independent children's book magazine. It has over 12,500 book reviews and more than 2,000 articles, including interviews with leading authors and illustrators.
A super way to record what you have read, keep track of books you want to read, and read reviews and recommendations from others.
Books, Teens and Magazines
This website is unique in that it concentrates on the teen market and the reviews are short and to the point. The website has a friendly and relaxed approach and the site is easy and straightforward to navigate. We love it!
Mrs Mad's Book-a-rama will provide you with endless lists of books to read - you can select by genre, age range, or author. You're sure to find something you'll enjoy.
The Reading Zone
Everything you need to know about children's books and authors, including new books, extracts, reviews, interviews, and competitions. Dedicated areas for schools, families, children and young adults.
The Carnegie is a long established award that recognises the best in children's and young adult fiction each year. The winner is voted for by school librarians and pupils, so you will be sure to find something to enjoy amongst its recommendations.
Formerly the Orange prize for fiction, The Women's Prize celebrates contemporary female authors from around the world. Previous winners include Hilary Mantel and Zadie Smith.
The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. It comprises five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's books.
The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.
The Bookseller YA Book Prize showcases the growing area of Young Adult fiction. It is the first prize in the UK and Ireland to focus particularly on YA and teen fiction, celebrating great books for teens and young adults.