Magazine article School Librarian

Editorial

Magazine article School Librarian

Editorial

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Here we are at the start of a new volume of The School Librarian, having completed a full cycle as Reviews Editor and I feel as if I, the postman and my house are finally getting to grips with it all! The postman knows exactly what to do with parcels if we are not in and we have extra bookshelves everywhere and no longer is the place cluttered with multiple boxes. It is amazing what the impetus of the prospect of a houseful of guests for Christmas can produce! In my defence you must remember that my involvement with the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals and the UKLA book awards considerably adds to the approximately 6,000 books that my predecessor Chris Brown estimated would be submitted for review!

Sitting here at my desk I can look over to the shelves and see the books sorted into categories as they arrive and ready to send out the next batch to reviewers in February. My only challenge is to see how many I can read before sending them on their way. I can tell you it can be heartbreaking parting with some of the very special books that we receive. Just look at the reviews in this edition for Over the Hills and Far Away, Sketches from a Nameless Land or The Sleeper and the Spindle! But on the other hand I get a lot of pleasure from trying to match the book to the reviewer. In my previous SLS existence for one particular project I came up with a role as Reading Doctor that I particularly enjoyed. The students at this school could email me about the books we had left with them and I could recommend what they might like to read next! …

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