May the 4th Be With You


In celebration of the awesomeness that is Star Wars May the 4th is internationally recognised as Stars Wars Day.


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A great way to jon in the fun is by trying some of the Star Wars reads from DK Publishing.


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To view the full range of amazing Star Wars Reads available please visit the DK website HERE


Event: Laini Taylor Signing – Cardiff


As part of the book tour to publicise her new book Strange the Dreamer, Laini Taylor is coming to CARDIFF!!!!!

Laini Taylor Signing

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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Strange the Dreamer

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Event: International Womens Day

Events, Recommendations, Resources


International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

#IWD2017 #BeBoldForChange

PARITY – the state or condition of being equal, especially as regards status or pay.
“parity of incomes between rural workers and those in industrial occupations”
synonyms: equality, equivalence, uniformity, sameness, consistency, correspondence, congruity, congruence, levelness, unity, coequality, parallelism, evenness
“parity of incomes between rural workers and those in industrial occupations”

Event: World Read Aloud Day


I only came across this yesterday, please remind me to add it to the calender for next year.

The Children’s Book Council present WORLD READ ALONG DAY.

I don’t know about you but I love being read to or sharing something particularly fun with the students by reading aloud. Just his week we have been reading Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes together.


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What is World Read Aloud Day?

From Children’s Book Council: World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries thanks to people like you who participate and spread the word across the globe!

World Read Aloud Day is all about spreading a love for reading. We think everyone in the world should get to read and write. Every year, people all around the globe celebrate WRAD by reading and sharing stories together.

How can I take part? Try the activities suggested by LitWorld

Discussion Questions:
1. What is your favorite read aloud memory?
2. What do you like most about read alouds?
3. If you met someone who had never read a book and could choose one book to share with them, which book would it be? Why?

Draw a picture of you reading aloud with someone you love! Who are you reading aloud with? What are you reading? Where are you reading together?

Event: Stephanie Burgis Book Launch- Abergavenny


Looking for something differnt to do this weekend – LOOK NO FURTHER

Join the wonderful Stephanie Burgis to cleebrate the publication of her latest book – The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart at Waterstones in Abergavenny this Saturday!!!!


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Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And she’s ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw.

But she’s still the fiercest creature in the mountains — and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is get herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time…won’t she?

Event: International Book Giving Day – 14th Feb 2017


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What is International Book Giving Day?

International Book Giving Day takes place on 14th February each year. The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible. International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th.

For full details please go to the International Book Giving Day website HERE

Ways to participate:


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EVENT: Growing Pains with Laura Dockrill, Claire Hennessy, Julie Mayhew and Jess Vallance

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Starting at 7pm on the 14th of September at Waterstones, Cardiff
From the press release:
Join us on a journey into the trials and tribulations of being a teenager from today’s top voices in YA fiction. Frank and lol-worthy discussions on first loves, unrequited crushes and wardrobe malfunctions to the hard-hitting realities and resiliency of growing up. Don’t miss your chance to meet the authors who are breaking boundaries in this very special Waterstones tour.

The authors will be discussing their own novels and others in the genre. The books discussed will be available to buy on the night and the authors will be signing them afterwards. 

The evening will be chaired by Welsh booktuber Sarah Churchill:

Tickets are £3, available now >>>
Further details: 02920665606