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Nominate a school library that changes lives

Entries close on 5th December for the CILIP/LiS Libraries Change Lives Award 2006.

The purpose of this prestigious award is to highlight and reward good practice in pioneering library/information related projects. Entries are welcomed from any sector of the library and information world and school libraries that are doing innovative work could have their profile raised by entering. The winner will receive £5,000 and two other finalists will receive £2,000 each.

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Professor Ted Wragg dies

Ted WraggProfessor Ted Wragg, much-loved educationalist, speaker and writer, suffered a heart attack and died on November 10th.
See the Education Guardian Obituary.

Lord Puttnam, Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust, of which Professor Wragg was a trustee, said:

"In a world short of 'big' men Ted Wragg filled the frame in every way possible. His generosity of spirit, his appetite for life, his intellect, his use of humour, his commitment and most of all his optimism, makes him genuinely irreplaceable. Over the next few weeks the trustees of the Teaching Awards will be looking at a variety of ways in which, in the years to come, we can recognise and celebrate Ted’s legacy. Ted’s dreams can now only be realised through the efforts of those hundreds, or more likely thousands of us who share, not just his values, but also his enormous ambition for the future of education in Britain."

Edward Conrad Wragg, a former teacher and headteacher, retired from Exeter University's school of education in 2003 after 32 years. He had remained emeritus professor there and had continued as a writer, lecturer, broadcaster and adviser. He is survived by his wife, Judith, his mother, Maria, and three children Josie, Caroline and Chris. Our thoughts are with his family.

The above appeared in the Teaching Awards e-brief for November 2005.

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Blue Peter Book Awards 2005

The winners of the Blue Peter Book Awards 2005 were announced on Blue Peter yesterday, 18th November.

The nine Blue Peter Young Judges met on board the London Eye. In wide-ranging discussions which lasted all day – and many revolutions of the London Eye – they deliberated the merits and shortcomings of the shortlist of twelve books. They all agreed that selecting winners from such a strong shortlist was a challenging task, but by the end of the day, as the light faded from the skies above the London Eye, these were their chosen winners:

The Book I Couldn't Put Down

  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (Collins Children’s Books)

The Best Book with Facts

  • Explorers Wanted! At the North Pole by Simon Chapman (Egmont Books)

The Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud

  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Macmillan Children’s Books)

And the overall winner of The Blue Peter Book of the Year 2005:

  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (Collins Children’s Books)

The complete shortlist was selected by Simon Bartram (writer and illustrator and winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2004 (Man on the Moon)), Eleanor Updale (writer and winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2004 (Montmorency)), Richard Marson (Editor of Blue Peter), Liz Barker and Gethin Jones (Blue Peter presenters):

The Book I Couldn't Put Down

  • Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Silverfin by Charlie Higson (Puffin)
  • Thora by Gillian Johnson (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (Collins Children’s Books)

The Best Book with Facts

  • Explorers Wanted! At the North Pole by Simon Chapman (Egmont Books)
  • What’s My Family Tree? by Mick Manning and Brita Granström (Watts Publishing)
  • Art Fraud Detective by Anna Nilsen and Andy Parker (Kingfisher Books)
  • Rome in Spectacular Cross-Section by Andrew Solway and Stephen Biesty (Oxford University Press)

The Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud

  • Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey (Red Fox Children’s Books)
  • Aristotle by Dick King-Smith and Bob Graham (Walker Books)
  • Rapunzel: A Groovy Fairy Tale by Lynn Roberts and David Roberts (Chrysalis Children’s Books)
  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Macmillan Children’s Books)

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Winner of Booktrust Teenage Prize 2005

Century by Sarah Singleton has won the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2005. The Booktrust Teenage Prize recognises the best contemporary teenage fiction, celebrating the most significant books aimed at 13-16 year olds each year.

The prize was launched in 2003, with Mark Haddon as its first winner for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

At a ceremony hosted by popular teen favourite, actress and presenter Terri Dwyer, Singleton was presented with her trophy and a cheque for £1,500.

Geraldine Brennan (Books Editor for The Times Educational Supplement and Chair of the Judges) said of the winner:

"Century is a perfectly formed, highly visual and intriguing novel in the gothic tradition, with the timeless feel of Frankenstein or Dracula. It keeps the reader guessing as it moves through layers of time and rewards a careful reader with its many hints and clues, yet the language is accessible and the story draws the reader in.

"With major themes of grief, loss, the pointlessness of stopping time and the power struggle between parents and children, it sees its heroine, the older sister, triumph through courage and determination in the face of the terrifying unknown. The compelling mystery and the range of well drawn characters will appeal to both boys and girls. The judges believe that this excellent first novel deserves wide attention and we would all love to read more books by this author."


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Petition on Information Literacy goes to Scottish Parliament

A petition has been presented to the Scottish Parliament by two Scottish University librarians on the subject of Information Literacy. It calls upon the Scottish Parliament "to urge the Scottish Executive to ensure that that national school curriculum recognises the importance of information literacy as a key lifelong learning skill." The supporting document explains this and suggests ways forward.

There are two stages in petitioning the Scottish parliament.

  1. An electronic petition which aims to collect signatures in support of the petition
  2. A petition to the Public Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament

Obviously the second stage will carry much more weight if the e-petition attracts a lot of signatures and anyone who wishes to add their names can do by going to the under noted URL. MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) Ken Mackintosh has assisted in preparing the petition and is going to ask a question in the Scottish Parliament in support of the petition. The petition will be up on the web until Friday 16th December. The Petitions Committee meets on 21st December and will consider the petition then.

Although the Public Petitions Committee is a Scottish institution it very much welcomes support from all over the world so contributions are welcome from beyond Scotland.

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