Sheffield Council has launched a citywide celebration of creativity and the written word under the banner Sheffield Year of Reading 2020 with an invitation to all to take part. The aim is to encourage people from all walks of life to read books, journals or articles and to help younger children develop key reading skills. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A crowdfunding campaign launched in the name of the threatened Vernon Oak is set to distribute the children’s book The Lost Words to Sheffield schools and libraries. The book of spells and spelling looks at words from nature that are falling out of use and seeks to give them new life through writing and illustrations. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
The Children’s Book Awards took place at the Crucible, the only national book award where the winning titles are voted on by children. The event, into its 29th year, was attended by authors, children, parents, teachers and librarians. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to organiser Claire South and to award winning author Adam Bestwick.
The Children’s Media Conference, taking place over four days this week, brings together practitioners and commissioners involved in TV, radio and interactive media for children. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Libraries have launched their Bath, Book, Bed campaign to promote reading to children as part of the bedtime routine. Parents and young children were invited to join the launch event at The Moor Market featuring a special appearance by Pepper Pig, children’s stories from the Little Library and advice on safe sleeping from the Lullaby Trust. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
The British Humanist Association have sent free copies to Sheffield schools of the book ‘What is Humanism?’ after a successful national crowdfunding campaign. The book, by Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young, is the first of its kind aimed at primary and secondary school children, and was published to support teachers who want to explore non-religious ethics and humanist worldviews. Carrying the subtitle ‘How to live without a god and other big questions for kids’, the book features contributions from well know faces who also identify as humanists, including comedian Shappi Khorsandi, physicist Jim Al-Khalili and actor Stephen Fry. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke with Mike Granville of Sheffield Humanist Society.