I’m not sure I can guarantee snow this Christmas but I can guarantee some great books to read that will hopefully get the whole family to unwind and start to look forward to a Christmas break. We have some wonderful, unashamedly classic Christmas reads; some laugh-out loud picture books and some wintry page-turners for teens. There’s also the Winter Mini Challenge from the Reading Agency for children to have fun and keep reading during the school holidays. Children can review their books, do online activities and unlock their special virtual badge and certificate. All the following books are available to borrow from Bradford Libraries. These are just a selection; there are many more titles on Bradford Libraries catalogue. All books are available to borrow via our Order & Collect service. For more details of how to use Order & Collect visit www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries. And don’t forget we have eBooks and eAudio Books too. Click here for Borrowbox. If you are not finding titles of books that you feel would enhance our children’s book stock and enrich children’s understanding, learning or reading enjoyment please email Development Officer for Children and Young People (email@example.com) with your suggestions.
The Winter Mini Challenge from the Reading Agency
If you’re a fan of the annual summer reading challenge then you’ll love the Winter Mini Challenge from The Reading Agency. This winter they have teamed up with award-winning inclusive publisher Knights Of to run an Everyone Is a Hero themed Mini Challenge – to celebrate heroes in all their forms and keep children reading this winter. The Winter Mini Challenge runs until Friday 15 January 2021- it encourages children to keep up their reading habits over the winter holidays, with a free-to-access website featuring rewards and incentives for reading and reviewing books. This year’s Mini Challenge features characters from books published by Knights Of, including those from Knights and Bikes (written by Gabrielle Kent; illustrated by Rex Crowle), High-Rise Mystery (written by Sharna Jackson; illustrated by Wumzum), and the Run series (written by Jason Reynolds; illustrated by Selom Sunu). Knights Of have also created a special booklist of their favourite titles to try during the Challenge. The list is full of heroes that inspire, challenge and push the definition of what it means to be a hero. Children can visit the Winter Mini Challenge website at www.wintermini.org.uk from 1 December 2020 to start rating and
reviewing their books and enjoying the online activities. They need to read three books to unlock the special virtual badge and certificate.
Libraries Week 2020 is nearly here. 5-10 October. Only two weeks to go! Programme brochure now live https://www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries/services-in-our-libraries/libraries-week-2020/
Check the brochure to book tickets for our events. Introduction to Libraries Week from Christine May, Interim Head of Bradford Libraries Bradford Libraries are proud and excited to be celebrating national Libraries Week, an annual showcase of the best that libraries have to offer. Each year we explore the innovative and surprising things that libraries are doing to support their communities. In 2020, Libraries Week will take place between the 5th and 10th October, celebrating the nation’s much-loved libraries and their vital role in the UK’s book culture. Across the District we are offering a full and varied programme of activities and events for children, adults and families to participate in – something for everyone. I hope this brochure will inspire and encourage you to take a fresh look at what our libraries have to offer – even in these unique and challenging times – and to try something new. Don’t forget you can still borrow books using our Order & Collect and Home Library services, and of course our e-books offer. To find details of these and more please visit our web pages at: www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries
The Summer Reading Challenge Launch Party – Friday 5th June 4.00pm
Join the Silly Squad and the Let’s Get Silly
Ambassadors for an afternoon (ending with a bedtime story) of family fun!
Reading Challenge 2020 will launch on Friday 5 June and you can join the Silly
Squad on a new adventure by setting your own personal reading challenge to
complete this summer. Create a free profile to keep track of your books,
reviews, and all of the special rewards you unlock along the way. You’ll also
find heaps of super silly activities, quizzes, videos, games and more to keep
you entertained at home. This year’s Challenge runs from June to September, so
there is plenty of time to take part and get silly this summer.
on Facebook on
Friday 5 June to meet our super silly Ambassadors, who will be sharing their
favourite silly stories, leading a draw-along to create your very own Silly
Squad character, showing us their silliest dance moves, telling their most
hilarious joke and sharing so much more silly fun with us all.
Once you have
celebrated with the Silly Squad at the Launch Party head on over to sillysquad.org.uk to
start your seriously silly summer reading Challenge!
Let’s Get Silly Launch Party Schedule
4.00pm – Sam & Mark (as
seen on CBBC) launch the Summer Reading Challenge
2020 and introduce you to the Silly Squad – telling you how you can sign up and
start your seriously silly summer
Comedian, author and presenter, David Baddiel,
reads from his children’s book The
4:15pm – Author Gareth P Jones reads
from his book Dinosaur
Detective: Catnapped! and takes us on a real adventure
Drawing with award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph
4:30pm – Poet
and author Joseph Coehlo reads Funny Fish from his
book Poems Aloud
President of Libraries Connected,
Carol Stump, reads a book from the official 2020 Summer Reading Challenge
booklist – You Can’t
Call an Elephant in an Emergency by Patricia Cleveland-Peck
& David Tazzyman
Crafts, colour and creativity with the original queen of colouring, Johanna Basford
Authors Katie and Kevin Tsang read
from their book Sam Wu
is Not Afraid of Zombies – including some super silly dress
4:50pm – Let’s
Get Silly with longest-serving female BBC Blue
Peter presenter and author Konnie Huq
Presenter, author and adventurer, Ben Fogle reads
an extract from his Mr
Dog book series
5:05pm – The
British Library shares content from their Discovering Children’s Books website where
you can find a whole range of creative activities. In this video, Viviane
Schwarz shows you fun ways of developing silly characters
6:35pm – Actor
and writer Shobna Gulati (Dinner
Ladies, Coronation Street) will read Tiny
Ant from the Official Book Collection
6.40pm – Author
and illustrator Laura Dockrill shares
her favourite poems including her own poem My Mum’s Growing Down as well as one by
Benjamin Zephaniah from Talking
Turkeys and a Carol Ann Duffy poem!
6.45pm – It’s
time to hear the official ‘Let’s Get Silly!’ theme song! Written and performed
by Harry Baker and Chris Read
Closing the Launch Party with a bedtime story, actor Charlie Condou (Holby
City, Coronation Street) reads This
is Gus from the official Summer Reading Challenge book collection
7pm – End
Head to www.sillysquad.org.uk to sign up to the Challenge!- and keep an eye on the Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page throughout the summer to catch even more fantastic videos from our wonderful ambassadors and book collection authors!
Need some great children’s books to read for the
Summer Reading Challenge?
To support you during the coronavirus outbreak, we have hand-picked a selection of quality-assured, free resources from across the sector. This toolkit includes resources to use with vulnerable children or children with SEND, a resource from Stonewall for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as a resource pack for staff wellbeing and practical activities for adults and children to help stay mentally well.