Between the lines

20th February 2004 at 00:00
TES books editor Geraldine Brennan on the inside literary track

Children know what's going on in picture books, but adults often don't and when they do they can't describe it. Critical writing about children's books is often based around the words rather than the images, or how picture books look rather than how they were made. Quentin Blake, Sara Fanelli and Emma Chichester Clark host an intensive day course to help teachers, librarians and critics explore picture books to the full at Somerset House's new Learning Centre on March 6. The pound;100 fee includes lunch and entry to Blake's Fifty Years of Illustration exhibition.

Tel: 020 7420 9406 (limited availability).

Michael Morpurgo, Dick King-Smith and Benjamin Zephaniah are among the UK authors who have contributed to Eating Words for Breakfast, an illustrated fiction and poetry anthology for key stage 2 published by Puffin in association with the development charity Book Aid for World Book Day (March 4). It includes stories by writers from Kenya, Uganda , Ghana and Palestine: all countries which receive Book Aid support. Royalties from the pound;5.99 cover price will be donated to the cause.

Ideas for teaching with the book are on the Book Aid poster in the World Book Day schools pack. If your pack has not arrived, or to order an extra one for pound;5, contact:, or tel: 01634 729810.

Schools in Wales should email Some of the pack can be downloaded at

For the second year, Book Aid's World Book Day programme will link 10 UK children's libraries with those in its member countries, and children will exchange drawings and messages reflecting their local culture. Results will be posted at www.bookaid.orgschools. For details on how to enter Book Aid's schools poster competition, visit

Warwickshire schools and libraries have collected 50,000 books to send to schools in South Africa as part of the charity Community H.E.A.R.T's appeal to collect 125,000 books. John Hall, a Year 4 teacher at St Anthony's primary in Leamington Spa, was among 15 teachers who visited schools in Soweto last year. "We were struck by the lack of resources and the urgent need for all kinds of books - children's books, atlases, dictionaries." The crates will be in Johannesburg by Easter, if not World Book Day. Community H.E.A.R.T: 0161 254 7505.

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