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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, 2014 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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Children's picture and chapter books: titles that bridge the gap

Children's picture and chapter books: titles that bridge the gap | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
Imogen Russell Williams: When picture books seem 'too babyish' these longer illustrated books can help children move up to the next level
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10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids

10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
What’s the most important trait you’d like to develop in your child? If you’re like most parents, intelligence is probably at the top of your list. We all want bright, smart children, which is why we spend so much time choosing the right schools and making sure teachers are exceeding expectations. But remember: as a parent, you have the power to boost your children's learning potential simply by making books an integral part of their lives.
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Good points for any parents

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I always love articles that demonstrate why reading to your children is so important. 

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Are there any more serious children's books for seven and eight year-olds?

Are there any more serious children's books for seven and eight year-olds? | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
Children like funny books but what if they are looking for something more than just laughs? The Book Doctor recommends some deeper readsAre there any books or seven and eight year olds which are not funny – or trying to be funny?
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Some good suggestions

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Survey shows deep class divide in reading habits - The Guardian

Survey shows deep class divide in reading habits - The Guardian | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it

The Survey shows deep class divide in reading habits The research shows a stark and "worrying" cultural divide in the UK when it comes to reading, with half the country picking up a book at least once a week for pleasure, and...

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Good to have up to date figures

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Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott – review

Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott – review | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
'This book, to quote Jacqueline Wilson, "should be sold with a large box of tissues!"'
Olivia has one older brother: his name is Isaac and he has Asperger's Syndrome. Sometimes Olivia feels like she is the older sibling.
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Study shows 'readability' scores largely inaccurate

Study shows 'readability' scores largely inaccurate | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
Teachers, parents and textbook companies use technical "readability" formulas to determine how difficult reading materials are and to set reading levels by age group. But new research shows that the readability formulas are usually inaccurate and offer little insight into which age groups will be able to read and understand a text.
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Never did like readability score - the librarian knowing their students is the best way forward...

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The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood by Irving Finkel – review

The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood by Irving Finkel – review | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
Irving Finkel deciphers the myth of the flood with scholarship, wit and warmth The fact that a member of Ukip blamed the introduction of gay marriage for the recent floods in England reminds us that there is an enduring human tendency to read acts...
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Irving is a facinating writer - do try his books, this one included.

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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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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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Can books unite children across the world?

Can books unite children across the world? | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
From Harry Potter to Beatrix Potter, some books have conquered the globe – but are there any geographical or linguistic barriers children's books just can't cross? The Book Doctor investigates
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar gallery

The Very Hungry Caterpillar gallery | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar first ate his way from baby caterpillar to beautiful butterfly 45 years ago and to celebrate the book's birthday, we have pulled together this gorgeous gallery of images. The Very Hungry Caterpillar has since been translated into over 55 languages and holds the honour of being the most read children's book in the UK
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One of our family favourites...

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Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper – review

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper – review | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
dewdrop: 'A truly inspirational book that is worth reading if you should ever want something interesting and new to sink your teeth into'
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Fantastic read...

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Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie – review

Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie – review | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
'I loved it!'
This book is about a girl called Lauren who was adopted. She is eager to find out more about her past. She finds out that she may have been snatched from her real family.
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page turner!

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Top ten books to read now you've finished The Hunger Games

Top ten books to read now you've finished The Hunger Games | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
Have you finished The Hunger Games and feeling lost in a sea of YA dystopian thrillers? Turning to the games console or movies to get an action fix?
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Today! Get to know Dennis the Menace!

Today! Get to know Dennis the Menace! | Libraries and reading | Scoop.it
Join Diary of Dennis the Menace author Steven Butler for a sneak peek into the mischievous life of Dennis the Menace live from 2-2:30pm on Friday 14 March
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SKrashen: Why Invest in Libraries

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Talks so much sense - and backed up with evidence

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