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Same Book Wins Both Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals

20 June 2012 at 11:16

Cover of A Monster Calls by Patrick NessLogo for CILIP Awards schemeCongratulations to the winner of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Book Awards - and we do mean "winner" rather than "winners" because the same book has scooped both prizes, for the first time in this hugely prestigious award scheme's 75 years: "A Monster Calls" written by Patrick Ness (who won last year too!) and illustrated by Jim Kay.

Did those schools shadowing the awards anticipate this historic outcome? Please feel free to send us your views!

Tags: 2012 | book awards | CILIP | Carnegie | Jim Kay | Kate Greenaway | Patrick Ness |

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Guest Impressed in Northern Ireland

20 June 2012 at 09:41

Brough Girling and Daniel Blythe with staff and pupils of St Patrick's Grammar School, DownpatrickReadathon founder Brough Girling visited a truly superb school in Northern Ireland last week and treated the pupils to a visit from multi-talented author Daniel Blythe.

"St Patrick's Grammar School in Downpatrick has donated a phenomenal amount to Readathon over the years and we wanted to acknowledge the support of both their staff and their pupils with a celebration," said Brough. 

Daniel Blythe filled the children's heads with fast-paced tales, while Brough filled the teachers' stomachs with cake!

Rory, a Year 8 pupil, thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon: ‘We read the first chapter of ‘Shadow Runners’ in class before Daniel came and it seems really good. Now that I have my own signed copy, I can’t wait to read it over the summer!’

Gina Savage, Head of English at the school enthused: "Reading for pleasure is very much embedded in the culture of the St Patrick’s. All junior pupils have time in their weekly timetabled classes dedicated to this pastime. It encourages the boys to see reading as a leisure activity – something on the same level as football or soccer - something that is not just educational but also enjoyable."

Brough was especially impressed that each year St Patrick’s trains twenty Year 13 students to work as Reading Partners and Reading Champions in local primary schools to promote positive reading habits and improve literacy with the children in the community. "This is a fabulously creative investment," he said.

Pictured here are author Daniel Blythe (seated centre), Readathon founder Brough Girling (far left), Vice Principal Ray McConville, Head of English Gina Savage, with St Patrick's pupils Eoin, Aidan and Joseph.

Tags: Downpatrick | St Patrick's Grammar School

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Reading's a Pleasure at Talbot Heath

11 June 2012 at 11:35

Girls from Talbot Heath who took part in ReadathonYear 7 girls at Talboth Heath School, Bournemouth, completed a spectacularly successful Readathon last term, reading 230 books between their two classes and raising over £900. 

The English Department added extra impetus to the school's Readathon by awarding prizes for the best achievers in terms of fundraising, reading the most books, and literary merit. The school also gave a special thank you to the girls' parents for their continued support with fundraising and promoting reading in school and at home.

We'd like to add to that a huge thanks and congratulations to everyone who took part - including the English Department who organised it and motivated everyone so effectively! What a team!

Tags: Bournemouth | Dorset | Talbot Heath | Year 7

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