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An article in today’s (UK time) Guardian newspaper outlines how popular children’s and YA authors have sent a petition to 10 Downing Street asking for schools to have statutory rights to a library.

Written by Alison Flood guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 1 July 2009 12.01 BST
 
Reading in the school library. Photograph: Graham Turner
A high-profile group of children’s authors, [...]

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British website Teen Librarian (no, our colleagues are not getting younger before our very eyes, it’s for librarians who work in young adult settings) provides some excellent resources for those of us who work in schools or public libraries.

The site has book trailers, book reviews (and I love that the book the website author is currently [...]

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Penguin USA has developed a very interesting website, that adds value to their publications. The Publisher’s Office.

Homepage

From the website comes the following information:
At Penguin we know that readers have a wide variety of interests and that finding an in-depth look at a particular author or subject can be difficult, if not impossible. From the Publisher’s [...]

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Following on from a previous post about the excellent professional learning session delivered by Dr Ross J Todd from the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey; his colleague Dr Carol A Gordon presented an interesting session last week to School Library Association of Victoria delegates.
The Role of Reading in [...]

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Dr Ross J Todd and Dr Carol A Gordon from the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey presented two vital presentations this week to the Planning Learning Perspectives: Guided Inquiy Masterclass held by the School Library Association of Victoria.
Powering Up Minds and Powering Up Machines: Guided [...]

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As readers of Bright Ideas, you are probably already familiar with Lisa Hill. Lisa Hill is the Director of Curriculum and teacher librarian at Mossgiel Park Primary School in Endeavour Hills and has been the feature of two previous Bright Ideas posts: the first about her school library blog and the second focussing on her professional [...]

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The Horn Book newsletter

Did you know that the very highly regarded children’s literature journal, The Horn Book sends out free email newsletters?

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Click here to subscribe to their newsletter.
In their own words The Horn Book provides:

Each monthly issue features interviews with leading writers and illustrators, brief recommendations of noteworthy titles, and the latest news from the children’s book [...]

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Glenys Lowden, Head of the LRC at Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School has agreed to share information about her Book Raps blog.

Book raps homepage

This is the blog I set up for Year 7 English.  Each class in Year 7 are spending a term on this Book Raps program.
Originally I set the blog up at another school and then transferred [...]

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This week is Reading Week on Teachers’ TV. There is a range of programs on good practice, libraries and reading aloud and all stages of schooling are catered for.
Hopefully there will be something to inspire everyone.

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One of Scotch College’s Librarians,  Michelle Sweeney, has kindly informed Bright Ideas about their wonderful library blog. Michelle explains, ‘Blogging has become incredibly popular over the last 12 months, and in the Senior Library at Scotch we have embraced the trend! Blogging on The Portal is a safe and fun means for the boys, staff [...]

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