New for autumn!
Assessing picture books
A one day workshop on 20 September, at Library Association HQ, London
No-one working with young children in education and library environments has
any doubts about the crucial role that picture books play in their reading
development. However, concerns are frequently expressed about appropriate
methods for assessing and selecting them.
These concerns are magnified when dealing with picture books for older
readers. These impose different challenges for teachers, parents, carers and
indeed children. All need help in appreciating their value and importance.
Many library staff lack confidence in evaluating these books.
The last year has seen unprecedented controversy in the children's book and
library press about the methodology for selecting the winner of the Kate
Greenaway Award. The higher profile that the award now receives has added to
the demand for informed debate and training on appraising picture books for
children and young people.
How will this event help you?
This workshop will highlight the key skills required and examine the
processes involved in assessing and selecting picture books. It will provide
an opportunity to consider a wide range of materials for readers of all
ages. Topics to be explored will include the interaction between text and
pictures and the ways in which illustrators and authors evoke fantasy and
reality and the relationship between them.
By the end of the day you will have:
* more confidence in the selection and assessment of resources
* more knowledge of how picture books support reading development
* developed criteria for evaluating picture books
* analysed ways in which text and pictures operate together
* a greater understanding of how picture books create complex,
Who will benefit from attending?
Children's librarians, people working in schools library services, other
interested education and library staff.
Mel Gibson and Anne Harding. Mel and Anne are both independent trainers and
lecturers who specialise in issues concerning children's and young people's
books and reading.
9.00 Registration and coffee
9.30 Welcome and introductions
9.45 What's special about picture books?
11.15 Picture book case studies
1.30 Looking at books
3.15 Criteria for selection and assessment
Places are limited to: 20
LA Personal members £130 plus VAT (£22.75) £152.75
LA Institutional members £157 plus VAT (£27.47) £184.47
Non members £182 plus VAT (£31.85) £213.85
LA Students/Unwaged members £25 plus VAT (£4.37) £29.37
How to book
To make a confirmed booking simply complete the booking form below and
return it by fax to Professional Development on 020 7255 0561.
Alternatively, to make a provisional booking please call us on 020 7255
0560, textphone 020 7255 0505, or email [log in to unmask]
N.B. Please note that due to building work at LAHQ there will unfortunately
be no lifts available from 17th April until the end of September. Those
booking for Library Association courses should be aware that the only means
of access to all facilities at LAHQ during this period will be via stairs.
This could mean having to ascend and descend 43 stairs at least 7 times
during the day for coffee, lunch tea and comfort breaks. We appreciate that
this may cause some difficulty and apologise for any inconvenience that this
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