This summer, shadowers can continue their reading journey..

Alison Brumwell is a librarian for Booksplus, Leeds and Director of the Morley Literature Festival. She blogs here about her role as a judge for the 2014 Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards.

There are only seven weeks until the end of another school year, which has made me reflect not only on my time as a Carnegie and Greenaway medal judge but also upon the huge positive impact reading can have on a child’s life. Learning isn’t just about what happens in a classroom; there are so many other ways for librarians, teachers and parents to inspire a love of language and story.

Public libraries across the country are geared up to support reading through a variety of initiatives, including Chatterbooks reading groups and this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Mythical Maze launches in July, with fantastic illustrations by Sarah MacIntyre, and offers plenty of opportunities for children to read for pleasure during the summer holidays.

We are extremely fortunate in West Yorkshire to have year-round access to Cliffe House outdoor learning centre, a lovely venue in which to share reading and deliver outreach sessions. This week, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the picture book classic ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, with storytelling and an outdoor bear trail through the extensive gounds. Sessions themed upon the 2014 Greenaway short-listed book ‘Where My Wellies Take Me‘ will be delivered later on this summer, bringing the words of Michael and Clare Morpurgo and the illustrations of Olivia Lomenech Gill to life.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

 

 

Find out more about:

the other judges
the 2014 Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards
the shadowing scheme
our latest news on Twitter

Summing up my 2014 experience as CKG Judge

Karen Horsfield manages Resources for Learning at Somerset’s Schools’ Library Service. Here, she blogs about her role as a judge for the 2014 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards. 

From November to January I read for over 303 hours,

18,200 minutes,

22,500 pages,

Karen Horsfield, CKG 2014 Judge

Karen Horsfield, CKG 2014 Judge

millions of words,

125 million letters.

That was 10% of my life.

Someone told me that I needed to get a life.

So I told them that I’d seen

thousands of lives,

in hundreds of illustrations,

in countless characters,

and dozens of plots.

 

Find out more about:

the other judges
the 2014 Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards
the shadowing scheme
our latest news on Twitter.