Each year we select a collection of books linked to the Summer Reading Challenge theme which libraries buy to supplement the challenge. The book collections contain 'must-have' new reads for 4 - 11 year olds. We have two separate collections: a younger collection and older collection and we select approximately 35 titles for each collection.
The task of choosing the books for the 2013 Creepy House theme started on a snowy January day. Children's librarians travelled to the Free Word Centre in London to look through hundreds of spine-tingling books submitted by children's publishers. They whittled a list of several hundred books and manuscripts down to a short list and these were packaged up ready to be scrutinised by another expert panel of judges: Chatterbooks children's reading clubs.
Children from Wood Green, Brixton, Bournemouth and Hertfordshire who belong to Chatterbooks children's reading clubs were asked to review either the younger or older collection of books with a Creepy House theme. They reviewed everything from finished publications through to manuscripts and gave us some really valuable feedback.
Gina Simmonds, Chatterbooks leader from Charminster said, "The children really enjoyed the session. We had 3 of our groups come together so there were 14 of us in total. It made the children and staff realise how superficial we all are when it comes to books; we definitely judge them by the cover!!"
Zoey Dixon from Lambeth said, "The [Brixton] group had a great time looking at the books, and really loved most of them. They were particular keen on the titles that were more interactive and shareable."
Find out which titles made the final book collection list.
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Librarians can now order resources for running the Summer Reading Challenge 2013 Creepy House.
You can also read the Summer Reading Challenge Story Lab 2012 results.