Shadowing in your area: North East

Stanley library
Group Leader: Mrs Spoors

Group Status: We have examined the illustrations in all of the 7 shortlisted books. We are currently producing art work on "A First Book of Animals" with the assistance of Mrs Gilbert from the White Room art gallery.

..We are a group of 6 Key Stage 2 children from St. Joseph's R. C. Primary School, Stanley. We are avid readers and have chosen to participate in the Greenaway shadowing exercise once a week, on a Friday at our local library. Our school is currently working towards gaining the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting award. As part of this process we are working on art projects which link to the rights of the child. By participating in the shadowing scheme, we can use the shortlisted picture books to explore human rights issues.

Featured Shadowing Groups: North East

Judge North East: Angela Foster

I consider myself lucky in that I was brought up surrounded by books and libraries. My parents were always reading and early childhood memories include bedtime stories, regular visits to the local public library and summer holidays filled with reading. At secondary school, I became a pupil library helper and was a regular visitor. But it was not until my final year at university when I decided on a career in librarianship.

After spending a year as a Library Trainee at the Bodleian Library in Oxford I was hooked and knew his was the career path I wanted to follow. In 2006, I graduated from Northumbria University with my MA in Library and Information Studies. My first job was as school librarian for a secondary school in Middlesbrough. Here I found a passion for children’s literature and wanting to share the best of childrens’ and young adult books with students. A move to a secondary school in Durham allowed me to continue putting books into the hands of students.

The past year has been a whirlwind of activity with getting involved with the North East regional group of YLG, getting married and after 12 years of being a school librarian I am also embarking on a new adventure and moving on to being the Children and Young Person’s Librarian for Stockton-on-Tees. I am very much looking forward to the adventures of being the North East judge for the Carnegie and Greenaway Medal.