Extract from the School Librarian Review: ‘Lucy Bakewell considers that we need to inspire children from the youngest possible age to become passionate readers ... these aims and principles underpin the many practical strategies which are explained in the book.
Those aiming to start a library or revitalise an existing one will find the advice invaluable.
Part of the appeal of this book is that the author understands the restraints placed on schools, including lack of space and money as well as less than ideal support time and limited experience of library staff. But she suggests creative ways round these challenges. This book shows that there are many practical strategies and resources that can enrich provision in spite of modest budgets. Particularly helpful for busy teachers are the copious templates. For those who wish to print in full colour or use the materials on-a whiteboard there are on-line versions of the materials.’ The School Librarian, Winter 2010
Contents: • Choosing books • Organising the library • Successful reading activities • Involving children in the library • Working with reluctant readers • Involving parents • Creating great displays to attract pupils • The annual calendar of events • Author visits • Supporting the curriculum • Key websites
Sample pages Review of Search and Discover in The School Librarian "Every school librarian probably has an ideal vision of how library and information skills could be taught if only there was enough time allowed and staff were able to co-operate to ensure that library skills were an integrated part of the curriculum. Claire Drury's book has effectively done the departmental liaison for the reader and has also done the planning, designing and artwork. Subjects covered in the book include the Romans, English, science, geography, food technology and citizenship. The worksheets (all photocopiable) are lively and interesting and cover a variety of approaches/outcomes so that most librarians should be able to adapt them to suit their own particular circumstances. One extremely useful feature is the scheme of work which shows a summary of the projects and includes working methods, age or National Curriculum targets, and the outcomes for each worksheet.
The introduction too is full of useful advice... an invaluable addition to the school librarian's bookshelf. This book is one of the best of its kind in its curriculum focus and attractive presentation. Buy two copies - someone is sure to borrow yours."