New book awards, LOL!

Very busy lately – presenting a reading for pleasure course, World Book Day celebrations, chatterbooks group coming to an end, etc, etc.

Anyway looking forward to this new book award, The Lollies!  It replaces the Roald Dahl funny book prize which ended in 2013.  There are 12 books to vote for 4 picture books, 4 in the 6-8 year old category and 4 in the 9-13 year old category.  Scholastic are offering lesson plans and activities to compliment each book and can be found here;  Book packs can also be purchased here. Voting closes on 10th June so get reading!

Picture Book shortlist

6-8 years shortlist

9-13 years shortlist

New Term, New Competition!

Thought I’d have a focus on non-fiction books but the competition has to be accessible to both infant and junior children.  So I’ve decided on a ‘Where in the World’ competition.

The children collect a world map from the library which has the continents labelled.  They have to find an interesting or unusual fact about each continent.

My display shelves in the library, both fiction and non-fiction, support the competition theme.  Non-fiction books displayed include atlases, travel books, books about countries, animals from different countries etc. Whilst the fiction theme is stories from around the world.

The children have already been to the library asking what the next competition is, hopefully they won’t be disappointed!

Christmas library competition


Another competition which has proved really popular!

Have to choose two winners this week. I have already had over 70 entries all of which have been very different.  Begun to narrow them down and have a selection on the short list.  I’m sure I’ll get more entries this week so it’s not going to be easy.

The winner’s receive a box of goodies, including Christmas activity book, story books and some sweet treats. Each entrant receives a small prize bag!



Latest Competition – Win a Stack of Books!


Our latest library competition is causing quite a stir.  The winning prize is a stack of 10 new books, a mixture of fiction and non-fiction.  To win all the children have to do is complete the story our author, Piers Torday, began when he was 13.  I’ve some very amusing entries so far and I can’t wait to read more.

This has been a great way to extend the enthusiasm shared by our recent author visit. The closing date is next Friday, so still time for more entries!

Dress up day!

mad hatter

My latest creation for our character dress up day during our book week – the Mad Hatter!

Children and staff alike joined in the fun with an array of book characters, some well known some more obscure: Bilbo Baggins, Mary Poppins, Danny Champion of the World, Cruella DeVil, Mr Bump, Juliet and even a Boxed Troll!

Once again these celebrations have helped pushed books and reading to the forefront.

There are yet more book celebrations to come with the ‘Book pumpkins competition’ tomorrow and our author visit to look forward to.

Halloween Competition!


Last year’s Book Character Pumpkin Competition was so successful we couldn’t wait to repeat it this year!  My book pumpkin is the Tiger Who Came to Tea – really quick as I didn’t have much time!

The infant children are asked to enter a family pumpkin and are allowed help whereas the juniors are asked to do the majority of the work by themselves with only the minimum amount of help. No carved pumpkins are allowed.

We had nearly 90 entries last year and it was really difficult to choose the winners. Once again there will be a £20 book voucher for the winning pumpkins, let’s hope we are as impressed this year as last!