Adam Lancaster has posted a number of brilliant free resources for School Librarians on his Reading Educator website:
Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity, has launched its first Young Writers’ Competition.
The theme of the competition is Changing Hearts and Minds.
Everyone taking part will be asked to compose a short story or poem which explores this theme in relation to the lives of LGBT people in the UK. You may want to write about the challenges still faced by the LGBT community or maybe you’d like to explore how society can help to improve the experiences of LGBT people.
One person in each category will win 150 pounds of book tokens and will have their poem or short story published on The Guardian Children’s Books website for everyone to see!
Two runners up in each category will win £50 of book tokens.
SJ Watson – The publishing rights to SJ’s debut novel Before I Go To Sleep have been sold in 42 different countries around the world. It has gone on to be an international bestseller and successful feature film starring Nicole Kidman.
Dean Atta - Dean is a writer and performance poet. He won the 2012 London Poetry Award and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List in the same year.
Ruth Hunt – A self-proclaimed ‘super-fan’ of LGBT Youth Fiction, Stonewall’s Chief Executive is really looking forward to reading your poems and short stories!
The competition is open to anyone who will be aged between 14 and 17 on the closing date which is 22 May 2015. You can enter one category, or both – the choice is yours!
Age group: 14-17 year olds
Categories: Short story (fiction) and poetry
Theme: LGBT equality: Changing hearts and minds
Word count: 1000 words maximum
Deadline for entries: Friday 22 May
Winners announced: Monday 15 June
Submission details: Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or post entries to: Stonewall Offices, Tower Building, York Road, London SE1 7NX
For full details follow this link: Stonewall Changing Hearts and Minds
For several months I have been hearing whispers about a graphic novel adaptation of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights trilogy. However owing to more pressing concerns I let them float by with a mental note to check it out when I had some time.
Well that time is now. The first book has been broken up into three volumes and is called Les Royaumes du Nord.
It is being published in French with an English translation to follow and has been adapted by Stéphane Melchior-Durand and drawn by Clément Oubrerie.
Clément Oubrerie is best-known for his work as artist on the Aya of Yop City series.
Les Royaumes du Nord has already been recognized at Angoulême International Comics Festival, winning Le Prix Jeunesse d’Angoulême 2015 (the Youth Award)
The artwork looks amazing, but not speaking French I will have to wait for the translation, but am looking forward to experiencing this wonderful story in a new format.
Tygerdale has a brilliant Q&A with Philip Pullman about the adaptation.
The Recommending Librarian this week is: Matt Imrie
What are you recommending?
Morganville: The Series
What is it?
It is a web-series* based on the best-selling Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine
*A web-series is a series of scripted videos, generally in episodic form, released on the Internet or also by mobile or cellular phone, and part of the newly emerging medium called web television. A single instance of a web series program is called an episode or webisode. (thank you Wikipedia)
Why have you recommended it?
I had to start with something and I have found this ten episode series short and punchy enough to get the attention of several vocal non-readers that I work with and it has hooked them enough to give the books a try. I also enjoy vampire stories and as a Star Trek fan I was stoked to see Robert Picardo, the Emergency Medical Hologram from Star Trek: Voyager play a role.
It goes without saying that if you enjoy this series you should also give the books a try: The Morganville Vampires novels
You can watch the first episode below, and see the entire series here
The Academy Awards took place yesterday. To celebrate I put together a display based on novels (mostly for children and young people) that have been adapted for film and television.
The centrepiece of my display is my Reading Oscar:
I used my photocopier to enlarge him to eye-catching size and placed my version of the Hipster Kitty next to him:
The books I used are:
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Dracula by Bram Stoker
the DUFF by Kody Keplinger
The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula le Guin
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Gansta Granny by David Walliams
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Holes by Louis Sachar
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
I Know What You did Last Summer by Lois Duncan
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Nick and Norah’s infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Twilight sequence by Stephenie Meyer
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
Would you like to introduce yourself to the audience and let us know how you got to be involved with the YA Book Prize?
Hi audience! I’ve been a massive children’s literature and YA geek enthusiast since I was a child myself, and am now lucky enough to do some reviewing and other journalism on kids’ books for the Guardian Books Blog and the Metro. The Bookseller Children’s Editor approached me because I’m very interested in YA literature, especially YA literature published in the UK, and I know quite a bit about it.
There are 10 judges in all how were you all selected and for how long will you all hold your positions as judges?
We were all selected in the same way – on the basis of being experts in YA fiction – but we all have different kinds of expertise – in book-buying, reviewing, writing, etc. The idea was to get a really diverse mixture of knowledgeable judges to weigh up the shortlist, and we’ll be judges just for this year (although the prize will continue.)
The YA Book Prize is the latest and at present only (I think) national Award for UK (& Irish) YA novels, how did the award come about?
The Bookseller ran a feature about current prizes for children’s literature, and realised that since the winding up of the Booktrust Teen prize, there was no UK award that focused specifically on books for teenagers. After that, they heard from some indie booksellers that people were keen to see an award focusing on YA books – and the rest is history!
Currently Movellas is the primary sponsor of the Award, how did that partnership come about?
The Bookseller approached Movellas to see if they’d be interested in sponsoring the award. They felt Movellas would be a good fit for this prize, since they’re at the cutting edge of how teenagers create and consume fiction (especially fanfiction!) and were delighted when they agreed.
How are YA titles selected? Is there a nomination process, or are all YA novels published in the UK eligible for the Prize?
There’s no nomination process, no – publishers were simply invited to submit up to six titles that meet the ‘published in the UK’ criteria and were definitely YA novels.
Who is involved in the short list selection?
An eight-strong Bookseller committee narrowed down the submissions (almost a hundred titles) to the current short-list of ten, which were then passed on to the judges.
Your job (along with the other judges) to select the overall winner is no easy task, what criteria are used to make the final choice?
Judging is always highly subjective (although I’d love to say we’re all totally objective and omniscient!) and it really comes down to what each judge really rates in a book. I’m on the look-out for superb writing, enthralling plotting, and engaging but nuanced characters (I don’t have to like a character, but I do want to be deeply interested in what will happen to him or her.) I also have a particular interest in diversity – putting people front and centre who aren’t just ‘the usual suspects’.
There has been a big social media push to publicise the Award and the short-listed titles, has it been successful in involving readers in the discussion of the titles?
The prize’s Twitter account @yabookprize has 1,387 followers, and the successive #Team(BookName) hashtags have encouraged readers to champion their favourites (in a really nice, positive, generous-spirited way). The YA Book Prize is also active on Tumblr and Facebook, so yes, I think it has been!
I am a reader, this does not come as a surprise to people that know me – in real life or online. Even people that just meet me and find out what I do automatically assume that I must love books because I am a Librarian proving once again that stereotypes are alive and well and that many, many people do not have librarians in their personal lives – because there are loads that do no read much or at all.
I used to be surprised that I was a reader as when I was just starting school I had to ‘learn’ to read with
Unlike a number of people that claimed that Dick and Dora put them off reading, these books only made me hungry to read more challenging literature!
These are (in no particular order) the books that made me a reader:
The Tim books by Edward Ardizzone – I read the entire series thanks to my local Library. For the small child I was, they were a thrilling read and incredibly believable. It has been over 30 years since I read them, but I can remember the characters and stories fondly.
The Adventures of Tintin was the first series of books I can remember owning, as well as being a joy to read the books also cemented my love of the comics medium. The stories are still as good as I remember when I was a child!
Blade of the Poisoner was the first book I stayed up all night to read, well this one and the sequel Master of Fiends. Douglas Hill had quite a large influence on my reading tastes as a child, this is the book that awoke my love of fantasy.
The second book by Douglas Hill, and this time science fiction. It is the second part of the ColSec trilogy, my younger brother had borrowed it form the library but I nabbed it before he could read it and it was one of two books that turned me into a scifi nut.
Norby the Mixed-Up robot was one of the first books by Isaac and Janet Asimov that I read. I enjoyed it enough to track down as many as Isaac Asimov’s books as I could over the years and devour them.
I was heartbroken when as a newly minted librarian my library manager told me that Franklin W. Dixon was a construct of the Stratenmeyer Syndicate a book packager that produced books for young readers. They did a good job as The Haunted Fort was the first book (apart from comics) that I compulsively read and reread, usually on a Friday night until I fell asleep.
I seem to have been a bit of a book kleto as a child, as I nabbed this one from my older brother, he had it as a reading book for English when he was 12 or 13 and when he was telling our mother about it I liked the sound of it. To this day it remains one of my most recommended books for people looking for something to read. The rest of the Dark is Rising series is brilliant as well, it did not even matter that this is the second in the series.
These are books I read in my formative years, all genre fiction and all books I can remember as vividly as if I had only finished them yesterday. I can recall other titles; the Vampire and Zombie short story collections, edited by Peter Haining, the Doctor Syn series by Russell Thorndike tales of smuggling and derring do on Romney Marsh. I am proud to say that I am a genre fiction man – and always have been going by my recollections of being a young reader.