Junior fiction – what’s hot and what’s not

It's a public holiday today, so instead of doing what I should be doing (making questions for the Readers' Cup), I've been ordering replacement FollettBound books - for the ones that have fallen apart and are now out of print.  Easier said than done. There's a reason (some) books go out of print. And junior … Continue reading Junior fiction – what’s hot and what’s not

It’s not (just) the book

This is a post I've been meaning to write for a while. A long while. I'm a member of quite a few librarian and school librarian groups and invariably, at least once a month, a question will pop up asking for a "killer" book. Either one that is perfect for reluctant readers, or one that … Continue reading It’s not (just) the book

Books I wish would be published

I've been asked to be on a panel at the AFCC to chat about "Books Teachers Wish Authors Would Write" from a teacher / librarian perspective. So I put the question out on one of my teacher-librarian networks (an international one) and these were the responses I received: World war 2 in Asia- novel for … Continue reading Books I wish would be published

But I was born here!

One of my favourite UOI (Units of inquiry) has started for my G3 students - in our library lesson last week I introduced the theme through reference to (a somewhat dated, but still very clear) video Now one thing you can be certain about with students is that their responses will not be predictable. So … Continue reading But I was born here!

BWB where are we at?

After a flurry of research and completing my final paper for my M. Ed, one may think that it's all over with the inquiry into reluctant readers, boys reading etc. etc.  But it's not. Far from it in fact. I've been a little distracted with the library renovation, a series of unfortunate events with library … Continue reading BWB where are we at?

Read around the World

With view to the fact that our school is celebrating uniting nations week in October, this year we're trying to add a literary bent to the proceedings. There are a number of steps to this, which are easy or complicated, depending on how "ready" your collection is. A little while back, I created resource lists … Continue reading Read around the World

Reading reluctance – factors

Writing a case study with 3,000 words of which 80% are limited by procedural bits and pieces is proving to be a little frustrating because I am learning SO MUCH.  So I thought I'd share some of it here, because heaven knows it could help someone somewhere somehow. Remember the whole thing about motivation? That … Continue reading Reading reluctance – factors

A short tale of grit and resilience

As a teacher-librarian who still has one foot deeply immersed in academia I spend a considerable time wondering if the things we do are the "right" things. And that's before I've opened any social media related to the profession where people are posting articles about the wrongs of everything from levelled reading to literature circles, … Continue reading A short tale of grit and resilience

Diversity and "multicultural" literature

Deep into my readings on this topic and it's not making me feel particularly cheerful.  The statistics are appalling. On the one hand one should be glad that there are enough people who care enough to keep count. On the other, it doesn't appear that the counting leads to any measurable improvement. Here are the … Continue reading Diversity and "multicultural" literature

Picking the locks one-by-one

A few months ago a tradesman came to the door to fix something. Here in Singapore such people are often Muslim and therefore petrified of dogs. So my helper put the dog in a separate part of the house and closed the door, not knowing that it was one of those doors that lock themselves … Continue reading Picking the locks one-by-one