Stop press: Send your votes by 8pm on Sunday 1st November to firstname.lastname@example.org (My book Buzzing! is in the Poetry category.)
Calling all primary teachers, teaching assistants and school librarians! What books do you find work best in class? I ask because the shortlist for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award has just been announced, and the organisers would like you to vote for which of these books you think will work best in your classrooms.
The North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award is a new award. As you can see from the screenshot above, it aims to:
‘champion a selection of the best children’s literature on offer for use in the primary classroom.
As professionals who work with children every day, we are passionate about raising the profile of quality children’s literature which will engage and inspire children to develop a life-long love of reading.’
Hear hear! And given all that, I’m mighty proud that they have shortlisted my book Buzzing! – Discover the poetry in garden minibeasts in the Poetry category. The other two poetry contenders are My Rhino Plays the Xylophone by Graham Denton and What Are We Fighting For? by Brian Moses and Roger Stevens.
As I mentioned when I was longlisted in August, the award review of Buzzing! highlights many of the features of the book that I had hoped would appeal to readers in general and teachers in particular. I wanted to create a book in which science met poetry, a book that would present a cross-curricular approach to minibeasts, a book that would enhance and support teachers in their practice. And a book that would make you giggle! (Learning through laughter, rhythm and rhyme being what I’m all about.)
Have I succeeded in this? Well, judge for yourselves! You can download a free sample from Buzzing! and a free Buzzing! teacher resource from my website. (Where you can also order copies of the book, if you are so minded.)
Meanwhile, here are some quotes from the award review of Buzzing!:
‘Never have minibeasts been more appealing than in this book!’
‘As you read [the poems], you find yourself getting into the rhythm of the lines and wanting to read aloud.’
‘Another strength of this book is the fact that it encourages the reader to find out more’
‘A great resource for livening up lessons on life processes and living things!’
‘Fun to use as a cross curricular resource or for performance poetry!’
You can find out more about how Buzzing! came into being in this perspicacious interview, carried out for the award by 12-year-old Tayler.
I think this award is a very valuable initiative – and not just because my book has been nominated! I believe it has great value for teachers, libarians and support staff in primary schools across the country. The award organisers have put a lot of time, expertise and passion into selecting books in five categories (Picture Books, Poetry, Quality Fiction, Read Aloud and Information) that they genuinely believe will support and enhance classroom practice. So do join in, peruse the books on the shortlist – and vote!
A note from the award organisers:
‘Voting is only open to teachers, school librarians, support staff etc. as we really want the winners to be chosen for what teachers think will work in class!’
Email your votes to email@example.com