Shadowing in your area: Wales

Reading 4 Life
Group Leader: Mrs Dow

Group Status: Reading vigorously and writing reviews

..We are a group of amazing Year 9 students, most of whom love to read! We all volunteered to join this group and the majority of us are really enjoying it but some of us need some encouragement. We are hoping this challenge will broaden our vocabulary, make us better at English and increase our knowledge.

Featured Shadowing Groups: Wales

Judge Wales: Anne Thomas

I have worked in public libraries for over 20 years, involved with children generally but for the last few years my job has involved supporting the Senior Manager for Literacy and Learning in Conwy, based in Colwyn Bay and Llandudno libraries. This has included all aspects of library work with children, including Book Start, Summer Reading Challenge, story times and author visits. I also help with stock selection and ordering for ages 0-18 and adult learning materials for the Conwy libraries.

After a refurbishment in 2008 I did some reading and reviewing for Which Book and had a short involvement as part of the team planning and reading titles for the North East Wales Book Quiz, which was great fun. I have been the librarian at Llandudno Library since 2012, managing staff, building and customers.

Children's books have always been important to me and the need for good quality children's fiction is as important as ever and so I am delighted to be taking part in the judging panel representing Wales and am very much looking forward to the experience.