Thursday, 25 June 2009

Carnegie winner

Burntwood School got it wrong. Bog Child has won the Carnegie Medal.

As I have already said, this is a beautifully written book. But I am sure Siobhan Dowd was going to write much better ones than this had she lived. She was a proper writer with lots more to say.

The Siobhan Dowd Trust has been set up to help disadvantaged children experience the joy of reading. And what an excellent cause that is.

Talking of Burntwood, when Taskeen Siddiqi took us to the station at the end of the day, I expressed the hope that Ofsted will show their appreciation for her work. Taskeen said that Ofsted are not interested in the work of the library. Can this really be true? I have been a governor at two schools and I ought to know, but it does seem extraordinary if they do not take an interest and just plain wrong if there are librarians like Taskeen working their socks off and not getting credit for it.

There is a hell of a lot of work involved in organising these events as well as Burntwood organised theirs, and many, many schools do nothing at all. If anybody from Ofsted happens across this blog, then maybe you can let us all know the reasoning behind this if it's true. What happened to raising standards in literacy?

I think that getting authors into schools, demystifying the business of writing and enthusing children about reading for pleasure is work that should be valued and applauded.

Librarians rock.

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