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Library Lessons: What is a Word?

A discussion on words and the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year leading into creating emoji book reviews

Book List: Refugees

A selection of books about refugees from around the world for young readers

  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  • The Breadwinner
    Mud City
    Parvana’s Journey
    My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis
  • Looking at the Stars by Jo Cotterill
  • Close to the Wind by Jon Walter
  • Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird
  • Little Soldier by Bernard Ashley
  • Mahtab’s Story by Libby Gleeson
  • The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo
  • Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
  • Boy Overboard
    Girl Underground by Morris Gleitzman
  • Home is a Place Called Nowhere by Leon Rosselson
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
  • Now Is The Time For Running by Michael Williams
  • Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian
  • Where I Belong by Gillian Cross
  • Shadow by Michael Morpurgo
  • A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk by Jan Coates
  • The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman
  • Refuge by Anne Booth & Samuel Usher
  • The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland
  • The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman and Karin Littlewood
  • See also: The Letterbox Library list of books about refugees & migration
    http://www.letterboxlibrary.com/acatalog/Refugees_and_Migration.html

    #TeenLibrarianMonthly November 2015

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    Every P1 child to get three free books during Book Week Scotland

    As part of Book Week Scotland 2015, the national celebration of reading taking place between 23 –29 November, Scottish Book Trust will gift three free picture books to every Primary 1 child in Scotland.

    The books, all by Scottish authors or illustrators, will be gifted in the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag and comprise the Bookbug shortlist for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016. The titles include: Never Tickle a Tiger, by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Marc Boutavant, Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School by Simon Puttock and illustrated by Ali Pye and Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie.

    The bags also include resources such as an activity book, pencils, whiteboard and pens, to help support learning at home. These resources also contain additional counting and writing ideas for parents and children to explore together, developed through the partnership with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Read Write Count campaign. The bag will also contain Ziggy and Maggie Start School, a children’s book about road safety created in partnership with Road Safety Scotland.

    Marc Lambert, Director of Scottish Book Trust, said:

    Primary One is a crucial point in every child’s learning journey, and it is the perfect point at which to begin a lifelong love affair with books. The Bookbug Family Bag has been designed to help teachers, librarians and parents show children how much enjoyment can be derived from books and the possibilities that lie between the pages. This association of books with fun will in turn lead to a more positive educational experience, inspiring children to seek out and devour more books. The bag is also intended to create a lasting link between reading at school and at home.

    For more information about Book Week Scotland 2015, visit www.bookweekscotland.com, where you can find information about all the events taking place in your local area. Take part in Quote Vote, a poll for the most shareable quote from a book or offer your #ThankBooks, a praise to a book, author or person from the world of literature that has inspired you or changed your life.

    Initiated by the Scottish Government and supported, along with a Readers in Residence programme in libraries, by £250,000 from Creative Scotland, Book Week Scotland will be delivered by Scottish Book Trust. Book Week Scotland in libraries is funded by The Scottish Library and Information Council.

    #ParisAttacks Display

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    I started planning a display on the Paris Attacks the day after they happened. Initially I was planning on using reports from the various news agencies around the world to give an international perspective on what was happening in Paris. This idea did not last long as there was so much information being generated that I could have papered the library with everything that was available.

    Another are of concern was the fact that as a boarding school, I work with a large number of students that have English as a second language and I wanted one display for everyone. Fortunately The Day has created a report on the attacks that they have made free to use

    I also used the sketch by French artist Jean Jullien,

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    the teachings of Islam from a tweet by Khaled AL Homsi

    to show that what the terrorists do is not in the name of the faith they profess

    and the joint statement from the London Mosques denouncing this crime against humanity.

    I included a travel guide on Paris, the World Book Encyclopedia entry on Paris as well as a book on being Muslim, The Times and The Guardian newspapers from today, an explanation of why Da’esh is being used by a growing number of people and organisations instead of ISIS & ISIL and three general information books on terrorism.

    Lastly, I added a sketch from French cartoonist & film-maker Joann Sfar to stimulate conversation about religion and secularism

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    Back on the air!

    Yes… after a month of website silence TeenLibrarian is back!

    I tell you throwing a baby into the life of a couple can be disruptive*

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    *Oh yes, in case you do not know – my wife and have had a beautiful baby girl.

    For reasons of privacy and whatnot sadly we will not be sharing any photos of our daughter online, apart from the Lego version above! However if you see me at an author, library or other related event please do let me know and I will quite happily show you photos (I have loads), heck I may even have a baby with me!

    It may take a while to get TL up to speed again but reviews, news and other things will start appearing again, hopefully with some regularity. I ask you to bear with me in this time of fatherhood – which is the best thing ever! For me anyway, I have learned that there are many “best things ever” and parenting is just one of them.