Reading for Pleasure Conference, The Guardian Education Centre, 17/03/2016
Chaired by Julia Eccleshare, the Guardian children’s book editor, this event included talks by some high profile figures in the world of children’s books – Rob Biddulph, Simon Mayo and none other than, Jacqueline Wilson. I was somewhat excited! To introduce the event, the Guardian Education Centre staff spoke briefly about their various roles in empowering reading communities, in particular through their Guardian Children’s Book website – which had 800,000 views on World Book Day. They also have a teacher’s network which some of those present were aware of, and which looks incredibly useful in terms of teaching resources and ideas. For anyone working in schools, anything that can help inspire staff and students is worth looking at – especially when it’s free!