Friday, 27 March 2009
This is a lecture organised by the University of Glasgow's, Department of Curriculum Studies, and UKLA (United Kingdom Literacy Association). Dr Virginia Lowe kept a daily record of her children's contact with books, and used this diary as the basis of a thesis and then a book. In her lecture, she will discuss her children's reactions to books up to the age of three, their visual literacy, understanding that the words come from the text not the pictures, recognising individual illustrator's styles, and etc.
The lecture is on Wednesday 1st April at 5pm, Rm 234, St Andrew's Building, 11 Eldon St, Glasgow.
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
In The adventures of Mommy Buzzkill (pp. 149-152), Catherine Gilbert Murdock asks: why are mothers so often absent in children’s adventure stories? Think about A series of unfortunate events, The secret garden and The lion the witch and the wardrobe, to name just a few from different periods. Murdock thinks mothers would be what she calls giant "buzzkills" - constantly advising "wear your helmet, finish your homework first", etc. She concludes that this is not to denigrate motherhood but to idealise it - a mother can't be in a story in which a child might need protection because she would instantly rush to his / her defence thus removing all danger and spirit of adventure.
In The campaign for shiny futures (pp. 155-161), Farah Mendlesohn asks why science fiction for children and teenagers doesn't get the same attention or respect as fantasy. She thinks that SF readers often have different priorities - they want literature to give them ideas and information and to teach them about the world, whereas realistic or fantasy fiction is more concerned with relationships and emotions.
Finally, Joanna Rudge Long, pp. 171-178, asks "What makes a good Three little pigs?" Answer (after comparing several versions): Some pigs!
Don't forget about The Horn Book website, including its newsletter, blog and podcasts.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Friday, 13 March 2009
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Friday, 6 March 2009
"Since 1994, teachers and librarians across the country have used the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards shadowing scheme to engage young people with quality fiction and picture books. This year CILIP has made major developments to the accompanying website. Building on the popularity of social networking sites, the shadowing website’s new features allow for more interaction between reading groups across the UK and overseas. Young readers will have increased ownership of the website and be able to customise their group’s homepage. New features will allow groups to:
- Upload video content and write blogs
- Design individual questionnaires and polls for everyone to participate in
- Highlight favourite authors or illustrators from the current shortlist
- Link to past winning books in the ‘Living Archive’ via the ‘step back in time’ function
CILIP is committed to promoting the library as a democratic, fun place in which to read and discuss books outside the classroom. The shadowing scheme helps children develop creative responses to reading and to interact and debate their favourite books with other young people and the website is an increasingly important tool to enable this."
Thursday, 5 March 2009
February 2009's EnglishDramaMedia is a special issue on teaching poetry. Articles include Drafting, sharing, hearing, seeing in which Sue Dymoke writes about teaching poetry with ICT, and Poetry Online in which Jean Sprackland and Julie Blake introduce the rich resources of the Poetry Archive. (And don't forget our own poetry page).
Books for Keeps (March 09) has an article by David Wood who has adapted Philippa Pearce's Tom's midnight garden as a stage play. It's regular Authorgraph looks at Terry Deary, and it's Classics in short feature considers Edward Ardizzone's Johnny the clockmaker.
Find them both upstairs on the Serials Gallery.