Outdoor Things To Do in Winter

Author Archives: Clare Zinkin

Outdoor Things To Do in Winter

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November: damp, cold, dark, miserable. It’s far easier to just stay indoors and watch TV or lounge about. But everyone knows that it isn’t good for children to be inside for too long – they don’t get enough exercise or sunlight and they can become lethargic or grouchy. Furthermore, we want our children to connect […]

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The Big Countdown Quiz: Fascinating Facts and Figures

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Hachette Children’s Books have provided a great quiz for you to use with your book group or class. The questions are based on a selection of titles from the Big Countdown series that are relevant to NNFN’s World Around Us theme.  The answers are given below, so even if you don’t have the books already, […]

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SLA Information Book Award: a selection of books on the 2017 longlist about ‘The World Around Us’

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by Lucy Chambers, Primary School Librarian for Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service, CILIP School Libraries Group National Committee member I am very fortunate to be on the judging panel for the School Library Association Information Book Award for my second year.  I have enjoyed the whole process, from the moment the large boxes of books […]

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Five tips for reading non-fiction at bedtime

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Sometimes ‘reading’ is misunderstood to mean ‘fiction’. By assuming this we miss out on an incredible range of books and reading experiences that we can be having with our children.  This misconception can also put children, who are reluctant readers, or simply have a thirst for facts, images, or non-linear reading experiences, on the back […]

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Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: In Conversation

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A Conversation between Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal about Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, published by Chronicle Books.  KATE: Hi, Chris – and happy National Nonfiction November! I was thrilled when Chronicle reached out to talk with us about collaborating on a follow-up to our first picture book together, Over […]

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Learn, Create and Discover with Nosy Crow and the National Trust

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All children love being outside, exploring the natural world and using their creativity. From discovering the bugs that live at the bottom of the garden to learning about birds and animals or going wild in the woods, Nosy Crow’s brilliant collaboration with the National Trust has something for everyone! Why not get creative this winter […]

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Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2017

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The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people, and aims to inspire under 14’s to get stuck into science and build confidence in their reading. A shortlist of six fantastic books were chosen in May by a panel of adult judges from entries submitted by publishers. […]

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Discover the amazing world of life cycles with Look and Wonder!

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Introduce children to life cycles, a key part of KS1 science curriculum, while encouraging them to explore and enjoy the world around them. This blog post is based on the Look and Wonder series from Wayland – read on for fun activities and a chance to win a set of four books from the series! […]

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Judging the SLA Information Book Award

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by Jayne Gould As well as being the secretary of Ipswich Children’s Book Group, I am also a primary school librarian, and was a children’s bookseller during the 1980’s. Over the past 30 years, there have been huge changes in the development and publishing of information books.  When I started at the bookshop, from what […]

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Lots: a Competition and a Guest Blog by Nicola Davies

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by Nicola Davies What’s the most important thing on Earth, the thing that we simply couldn’t live without? (all those shouting ‘Great British Bake Off’ go to the bottom of the class) Is it water? Is it air? Is it food? Well, it’s true that we couldn’t live without those things, but what I have […]

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