Tom Palmer's Foul Play blog, part 3.
Posted by Tom Palmer
12 Oct 2010
Football Fiction League
Thornton Library in Lancashire has launched a brilliant football reading promotion, where children from its four local schools are encouraged to books and create a football fiction league.
The library selected 20 football novels by different authors, such as Narinder Dhamni, Helena Pielichaty, Alan Gibbons and Tom Palmer. The children are encouraged to borrow the books and rate them out of ten. The scores for each book go onto a chart that acts as a league table, with the most popular books ending up at the top of the league. The league changes daily.
Every time a child finishes a book they can stick a small football shirt up on a large poster that looks like a football stadium. Each school has a stand in the stadium. That’s where they stick the football shirt: in their stand. The more books each school reads, the bigger their ‘support.’ The best school wins a trophy.
Both the league of books and the school competition ends on 30 November, giving the children two full months to do it. Then the results will be published in the local press and on the NLT website.
Thornton Library kicked the event off with a Reads United event delivered by football fiction authors, Tom Palmer and Helena Pielichaty. Then, the librarians went round each school talking about the scheme and reading from the featured books.
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