Friday, 24 April 2009

eBooks - an awfully big adventure?

I've written before about An Awfully Big Blog Adventure (sub-titled The ramblings of a few scattered authors, which more or less describes it). In one of the most recent posts, ePositive, Elen Caldecott (author of How Kirsty Jenkins stole the elephant) writes about an event she went to where some writers expressed concern about the impact of the digital revolution on the book world. Elen sees this as a positive though, and gives some interesting examples of writers using new technologies to expand the world of their stories. For instance, Rose, one of the charcters in Hilary McKay's Casson family books, has her own blog. Caldecott likens websites like these to the extras on a DVD - it's an interesting idea.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Aidan Chambers

Aidan Chambers has just been elected to the list of Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature. This is a huge honour as it is recognition and honour from Aidan's peers. The Society was founded in 1820 by George IV 'to excite literary talent and reward literary merit' and is currently housed in Somerset House on the Strand. The Society is independent of government and of any other institution such as the universities. Check our holdings of Aidan's work here.

GiggleIT with Gigglecritter

The GiggleIT Project is a global collaborative publishing project hosted by the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL), working in partnership with the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL).
Designed to help children around the world improve their English language literacy skills, the GiggleIT Project encourages students ages 10-14 to contribute their writings to an online book (eBook) celebrating stories and humour from their culture. Written by children for children, the eBook will contain children's stories, jokes and poetry. The project will inspire children to be creative and make cross-cultural connections with other children from around the world as they learn about humour from other countries, while improving their literacy skills.