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Library News and National Non-Fiction November

Library News

National Non-Fiction November

During the month of November, the library will be supporting and celebrating National Non-Fiction November (NNFN).

National Non-Fiction November is the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ annual celebration of all things factual.

Born out of National Non-Fiction Day, the brain child of Adam Lancaster during his years as Chair, the whole month now celebrates all those readers that have a passion for information and facts and attempts to bring non-fiction celebration in line with those of fiction.

This year’s theme for NNFN is ‘The Planet We Share’, and the library will be promoting these types of non-fiction books during the month of November.

Why we need to seek out and celebrate non-fiction:

Even if you can’t remember back to when you were three or four, you may have experienced (perhaps with tinge of exasperation) a small child asking you, “But why? Why is it like that? Why does it do that?”

We start out life immensely hungry for understanding. We want to work out how things work; we’re full of questions and insatiably curious about the world. When we discover an answer to our questioning, the world seems to make a little more sense and we feel braver and bolder than before. To be curious is not only natural, it helps us lead rich and wonderful lives. This is why I’m a passionate advocate for doing whatever possible to enable children and young people to keep asking “Why?”

Non-fiction books are my tools of choice for this; once opened, not only do they feed enthusiasm, foster wonder and put wind beneath wings, they enable readers by delivering knowledge and feeding passion.

Like me, you probably want your child to fall in love with books – perhaps because you know that all the research points to frequent readers being more successful in life, or perhaps simply because you know how enjoyable reading is and want others to experience that warmth, delight and pleasure.

But to fall in love with reading, children have to find books they love. Making their own choices about what they read is an important aspect of this.

Junior Librarians

On Monday 2 November, we welcomed the new cohort of Junior Librarians: Amelia C, Amelia D, Max G, Tiare, Ivanka and Lucian.

They are already busy thinking about their contribution to our Christmas Crackers Collection!

Library Display: Emoji Reads

Our outgoing Junior Librarians, Mia and Jake, have been busy putting together their Emoji Reads for our special library display. They have created a varied list which I am sure will encourage other library users to read their recommendations. There is a lovely mixture of classical children’s authors and some new ones to add into the mix!

Author of the Week

Alfie from 1TP has kindly donated a fiction book to the library, The Boy Who Swam The Sea by Daniel George.

The book is so special to Alfie because he is the central character and his Daddy is the author of the book. The story starts with Alfie being given the seemingly impossible mission of swimming across the sea to reach a distant island. He encounters many challenges on the way but all is not as it seems …

The book is available to borrow from our library and I am sure that it will spark the imaginations of the Grimsdell children.

Happy Reading!

Mrs Harvey