Shadowing in your area: South West

Group Leader: Mrs Jeffries

Group Status: Eagerly awaiting the results, did we get it right?........YES, SPOT ON!!!

..We are a group of varied ability readers. Teachers and students will enjoy discussing the books at regular meetings in the library at our upper school.

Featured Shadowing Groups: South West

Judge South West: Jenny Jones

Reading is my not-so-secret superpower. My parents taught me to read at a very young age, surrounded me with books, read with me, to me and in front of me. They also took me to public libraries when my reading habit became too voracious to keep up with.

Later, I read my way into Keble College, Oxford where I studied English - of course! My first library job was in a public library in a deprived part of Bristol. I ran the Summer Reading Challenge, as well as holiday activities for children and realised librarianship was my destiny. I then worked in the University of Bristol’s Graduate School of Education Library, while studying for an MSc at Aberystwyth. At the same time, I voluntarily ran the library at my sons’ school.

In 2012 I became a School Librarian at Clifton College Preparatory School: to have a job surrounded with young people, books and visiting children’s authors is a kind of heaven! I worked at first with 8-13 year olds and then designed, built and developed a library for the 2-8 year olds. It’s my mission to share the love of reading and I get to do this every day.

Somehow I also find the time to volunteer as a leader in Girl Guiding, and have done for the last 24 years. I recently co-ran an ‘unconference’ about encouraging reading for pleasure as part of my role with the South West YLG committee.

I’m hugely excited to have been chosen as a judge. When I asked my family if they minded me devoting all my spare time over the next two years to reading children’s literature, the response was reassuring. “You already do,” they said.