What Kids Are Reading 2016

by Emma Sewell
by Emma Sewell

What Kids Are Reading is an independent study written by Professor Keith Topping, Professor of Education and Social Research (School of Education, University of Dundee), and published annually by Renaissance Learning.

As part of the What Kids Are Reading report, Renaissance Learning have compiled all the data taken from the schools which participate in their Accelerated Reader scheme. Within this you can see which books the children have voted for as their favourites. They have the option to rate the books in four ways: ‘One of the best books I have ever read’; ‘A very good book’; ‘An OK book’ and ‘Not a good book’. These were then used to create an ‘average book rating’. more “What Kids Are Reading 2016”

Carnegie Shortlists In Review

by Emma Sewell
by Emma Sewell

Carnegie Shortlist - Previous WinnersToday sees the release of the Carnegie shortlist for 2016. Awards are always cause for discussion: everyone has their favourite that “has to win”, and Carnegie is no stranger to a bit of online debate. 2014’s winner, Bunker Diary, which led a reviewer from The Telegraph to ask “Why wish this book on a child?”, caused the biggest debate since Melvin Burgess won in 1996 with his novel Junk. more “Carnegie Shortlists In Review”

David Foster Wallace: 5 facts about the celebrated American novelist and his most famous book, Infinite Jest

This week marks the 20th anniversary of David Foster Wallace’s critically-lauded 1996 novel Infinite Jest, a satirical exploration into hyper-consumerism and addiction in near-future dystopian North America. It was a follow-up to his highly-praised debut The Broom of the System.

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TECbook: A Better Breed of Book

hannahby Hannah Cook

927779.752We are often reminded that we live in a digital age. A free app on a smartphone can direct us to the best restaurants, dating websites to meet potential life partners, on-demand streaming services give us instant access to an entire television series at the click of a button – even one-touch coffee machines make better flat whites than a high-street barista. But whilst it’s hard to imagine a world without these comforts, they  come to reveal just how binary we now are with the internet.

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Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: 5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Lewis Carroll’s classic

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an enduring classic which has captivated both young and old audiences for several decades. In fact, this November marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s beloved fiction; so to celebrate this notable occasion, we present 5 things you probably didn’t know about both the book and its author:

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