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Pullman wins Astrid Lindgren Award

Philip Pullman has won this year's prestigeous Astrid Lindgren Award jointly with Ryoji Arai, Japanese illustrator, it was announced recently.

The Jury, who are appointed by the Swedish National Council of Cultural Affairs, said of the winners:

"Philip Pullman (United Kingdom) is a master storyteller in a number of genres from historical novels and fantasy to social realism and highly amusing parodies. With inventiveness, linguistic brilliance and psychological insight he creates and explores his own worlds without losing focus on here and now. Through his strong characters he stands firmly on the side of young people, ruthlessly questioning authority and proclaiming humanism and the power of love whilst maintaining an optimistic belief in the child even in the darkest of situations".

"Ryoji Arai (Japan) is an illustrator with a style all of his own: bold, mischievous and unpredictable. His picturebooks glow with warmth, playful good humour and an audacious spontaneity that appeals to children and adults alike. In adventure after adventure, colour flows through his hands in an almost musical way. As a medium for conveying stories to children, his art is at once genuine and truly poetic, encouraging children to paint and to tell their own stories".

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Library blogs for Easter

Happy Easter / Spring break to SLA members everywhere. Here is little something for you to enjoy: a page full of weblogs on library and information subjects (just). Enjoy!

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Honour List for School Librarian of the Year 2005

The Honour List was announced at the London Book Fair this evening at an event attended by many special guests including librarians, authors and publishers as well as students and teachers from the Honour List librarians' schools.

The new Award was introduced by SLA President Aidan Chambers and announced by the Chair Alec Williams and Vice Chair Eileen Armstrong. The list includes librarians from four secondary schools and one infant school in the UK and Ireland. The SLA honoured:

  • Sue Bussey
    Derby High School

  • Angie Hunter
    St Alphege CE Infant School, Solihull

  • Jane O'Loughlin
    Colaiste Chathail Naofa, Dungarvan, County Waterford

  • Anne Robinson
    Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College, Bedworth

  • Frances Sinclair
    Stromness Academy, Orkney

Congratulations were sent by Ruth Kelly, Minister of State for Education and Skills, England, who wrote:

"I know that effective school librarians can be a great asset to their schools, supporting learning and teaching as well as helping students develop skills for life. I should like to send my congratulations to all of the honour list librarians on this significant achievement and to the School Library Association for creating this new award".

The final winner of the award will be announced later in the summer. The nomination period is now open for the next award and nomination forms are available from slya[at]sla.org.uk

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Honour List for SLA inaugural Award to be announced

The Honour List for the very first SLA School Librarian of the Year Award is to be announced at London Book Fair on Monday.

This award, which was the brainchild of the SLA's President, award winning author Aidan Chambers, has been judged over the winter and the Honour List, chosen from the librarians nominated last year by teachers, students, principals and other librarians, will be celebrated in the Pillar Hall, Olympia, at 3.30. The overall winner will be announced in the summer.

Watch this space!

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Winners announced for Bolognaragazzi Award 2005

This award, presented each year at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, is for outstanding editorial projects, and is judged by an international jury.

The winners for 2005 are:

  • Fiction Award:
    Monstres Malades by Emmanuelle Houdart
    Editions Thierry Magnier (France)

  • Non Fiction Award:
    Red Land Yellow River by Ange Zhang
    Groundwood Books (Canada)

  • New Horizons Award (emerging countries):
    Ubecuti bw'imbeba n'inzovu by John Kilaka
    Editions Bakame (Rwanda)

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Summer Reading Challenge activities in public libraries

The Reading Agency has published a report on the success of last year's summer holiday Reading Challenge, the Reading Rollercoaster. This can be found at www.readingagency.org.uk

This year's Challenge will be called the Reading Voyage, and will invite children on a voyage of discovery into the wonderful world of books. It will be launched in public libraries throughout the UK at the start of the school summer holidays. When they join the Reading Voyage, children will be given their own personal Ship’s Reading Log, packed with puzzles and challenges to complete over the summer by collecting stickers and incentives, thus providing them with lots of reasons to keep coming back to the library - and to read for enjoyment!

This nautical theme complements the SeaBritain2005 campaign, the year-long festival of events which explores the UK’s rich maritime heritage, and during which many libraries are working in partnership with museums to target family audiences.

There will be a powerful, creative combination of resources available for children to support the challenge. These include a website on which children can dive into the interactive panoramic ‘habitats’ of Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz and other top authors including Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. Children can explore how writers create their stories, and are encouraged to read and write more themselves. Through a link with the Stories from the Web children’s website, they will be able to contribute reviews and see what other children are reading.

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World Book Day is celebrated in the UK today

Today is World Book Day in the United Kindgom, and all over the place it is being celebrated in schools, public libraries and book shops. Thousands of postcards have been delivered free in magazines inviting readers to use them to recommend a book to a friend. School Librarians are increasingly involved in celebrating this event and we invite them to send us stories about WBD in their school.

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