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SF Said's top 10 unlikely heroes

SF Said's top 10 unlikely heroes | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
From the rabbits of Watership Down to spiderman to Katniss Everdeen, Varjak Paw and Phoenix author SF Said picks his favourite underdogs who come good and save the day
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Boys, Blokes and Books: Engaging boys in reading


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Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress

Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
At least 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading with a book or e-book helps.
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I'm definitely a slow reader - and declare reading days at home where i have a super old comfy chair to curl up in - and phone reception in that room is awful!!

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Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker

Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: the more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand. There were the architects who wrote to her about students who relied so heavily on ready digital information that they were unprepared to address basic problems onsite. There were the neurosurgeons who worried about the “cut-and-paste chart mentality” that their students exhibited, missing crucial details because they failed to delve deeply enough into any one case. And there were, of course, the English teachers who lamented that no one wanted to read Henry James anymore. As the letters continued to pour in, Wolf experienced a growing realization: in the seven years it had taken her to research and write her account, reading had changed profoundly—and the ramifications could be felt far beyond English departments and libraries. She called the rude awakening her “Rip van Winkle moment,” and decided that it was important enough to warrant another book. What was going on with these students and professionals? Was the digital format to blame for their superficial approaches, or was something else at work?
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an article from July - but I would agree with many of teh statements re online versus book reading - how does it affect you?

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Transgenderism: the last taboo of teen fiction?

Transgenderism: the last taboo of teen fiction? | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
LGB characters are turning up in teen books more and more these days, but what about the T? For our Amnesty Teen Takeover, site member CharlieB shares two books that explore transgender identities
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Transgender issues in teen fiction - a couple of recommendations.

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2012-13 Annual Colorado School Library Survey Highlights - Library Research Service

2012-13 Annual Colorado School Library Survey Highlights - Library Research Service | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
The Colorado School Library Survey is administered each year by the Library Research Service, an office of the Colorado State Library. Surveys are sent to traditional K-12 public educational institutions. Statewide estimates are produced by weighting survey data to reflect the universe of school libraries in Colorado. Survey responses are totals based on results from the school library staff who participated in the survey. This report highlights results from the 2012-13 Colorado School Library Survey. Printable version
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Always useful - Colorado Survey for 2013-14

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Has modern technology killed the spy thriller?

Has modern technology killed the spy thriller? | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
James Bond would have been rumbled by his Twitterfeed, the Jackal's Alfa-Romeo nabbed by numberplate recognition. So, asks novelist Charles Cumming, where does espionage fiction go next?
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Fascinating...

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What went down at the Queen of Teen 2014?

What went down at the Queen of Teen 2014? | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
“Site member Alannahbee2 donned her pink Doctor Martens and mingled with the good and the great of teen fiction at this year's Queen of Teen books ceremony where James Dawson claimed his crown.”
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Don't fear bleak books for teenagers - and why we do

Don't fear bleak books for teenagers - and why we do | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
I rarely review books but I did when Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks first came out, so I'm on record as thinking it brilliant and brave. Now it has won the prestigious Carnegie Medal, and a storm has...
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An eminently sensible contribution to the debate about this years Carnegie Winner

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Reading helps toddlers start school: research by QUT and Charles Sturt

Reading helps toddlers start school: research by QUT and Charles Sturt | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
“Growing up in a home with lots of books and being read to as a toddler have a bigger impact on the performance of a child starting school than their temperament or socio-economic background, new research shows.”
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My Name is Parvana

My Name is Parvana | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
Deborah Ellis shares her experiences of researching her latest book, set in Afghanistan, My Name is Parvana. Late in the l990s, I spent time in the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan.  Millions of Af...
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Good books - give them a try

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Why Do You Abandon A Book?

Why Do You Abandon A Book? | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
Have you ever picked up a book that someone recommended to you that you were super excited to read, and you just couldn’t get into it?

Via Karen Bonanno
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You have the right to abandon books you're not enjoying.  You may enjoy them some other time, or perhaps that book just isn't for you!  Don't feel guilty.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 2, 4:29 PM

Too many stories with multiple characters - just can't follow the plot.

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Diversity in children's books: colouring in required

Diversity in children's books: colouring in required | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
There are growing calls for young people's reading to broaden its picture of society from what is currently a depressingly monochrome view
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The value of arts and culture to people and society – an evidence review | Arts Council

The value of arts and culture to people and society – an evidence review | Arts Council | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
RT @Swatchway: #artsculturevalue really good reading here: http://t.co/xKwEK9u5on
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Taking part in drama and library activities improves attainment

in literacy... from the Executive Summary

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The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet review – joyful satire of the fantasy genre

The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet review – joyful satire of the fantasy genre | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
In his first book for adults, the children’s author demonstrates a Pratchettian vigour and invention . By Harry Ritchie
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Just finished this - it is an adult book - and loved it!  Excellent review.

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Sabriel by Garth Nix - review

Sabriel by Garth Nix - review | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
helloitsheath: 'I would recommend it for fantasy fans who want something a little less traditional than most young adult fantasy series'
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Looking forward to reading this myself!

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Clariel by Garth Nix - review

Clariel by Garth Nix - review | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
'Clariel faces a terrible choice. Saving her friends, family and everything she knows and loves, or losing her long-awaited freedom?
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Love Garth Nix's previous books...

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Guardian children's fiction prize book club: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Guardian children's fiction prize book club: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
Find out all about Marcus Sedgwick's She is Not Invisible – the eighth and last book under the spotlight in the Guardian children's fiction prize series
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Great read

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Stronger early reading skills predict higher intelligence later

Stronger early reading skills predict higher intelligence later | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
A study of 1,890 identical twins has found that strong early reading skill might positively affect later intelligence. The twins, who are part of an ongoing longitudinal study in the United Kingdom, share all their genes as well as a home environment. Differences shown in intellectual ability came from experiences they didn't share. The twin with stronger early reading skills was found to have higher overall intellectual ability by age 7.
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Absolutely reinforces the value of reading at home and good school libraries being available to primary pupils.

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SF Said's top 10 unlikely heroes

SF Said's top 10 unlikely heroes | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
From the rabbits of Watership Down to spiderman to Katniss Everdeen, Varjak Paw and Phoenix author SF Said picks his favourite underdogs who come good and save the day
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My inspiration: SF Said on Ursula Le Guin

My inspiration: SF Said on Ursula Le Guin | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
“The author of Varjak Paw and Phoenix tells us how he wouldn't be a writer if he hadn't read Ursula Le Guin's The Wizard of Earthsea Find out more about SF Said's Guardian children's fiction longlisted book Phoenix and enter the young critics...”
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First Nations in B.C. gain libraries thanks to judge, ex-officer

First Nations in B.C. gain libraries thanks to judge, ex-officer | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
Write to Read project has now built libraries in six First Nations. Former Lieutenant-Governor Stephen Point started the project after visiting remote communities in B.C. "A book is a fork in the road. It’s a turning place. It’s got the power to create a different future," said Point.
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Inspiring

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Family book reviews - in pictures

Family book reviews - in pictures | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
“What have our family reviewers been reading this month? Going to the races, learning to hunt dinosaurs and tracking down Bob the street cat - but watch out for escapees! Do you want to become a family reviewer?”
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5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library

5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
Some say that the children's rooms of libraries are an anachronism in a world of mobile screens with books on demand. But I say that while childhood has changed quite a bit, children have not....
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Join the library the day after the baby is born - you're a bit too busy the first day!

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New Infographic: Top Ten Reasons for Choosing a Paper Book over an eBook – Stephen's Lighthouse New

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Like it!

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Non Pratt's top 10 teens in trouble

Non Pratt's top 10 teens in trouble | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
The author of gritty teen pregnancy narrative Trouble, this month's Teen book club read, gives us 10 of the best teens in trouble
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Some good recommendations - and Trouble is well worth a read too!

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