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Expanding your book knowledge

Everyone recognises that the ability to suggest the right book at the right time to interest a particular child is a top priority, but it’s hard keeping your knowledge up to date when you’re busy with all the other pressures of school life. Use this course for quick and easy ways to improve your awareness of trends and knowledge of individual titles several times over!


Was £95.00

£80.00 per place

Pay by invoice or by Paypal, credit or debit card.

4 hours online at times to suit you, plus time for classroom/library activities.


Every learner receives individual feedback from an Opening the Book assessor to pass the course.

Course contents


Getting started
How to use the course

Part 1: Too many books, too little time

Part 1:	Too many books, too little time
Keeping up-to-date
Using covers to acquire book knowledge

Part 2: Interpreting covers

Part 2: Interpreting covers
The importance of cover clues
Identifying age appeal
Who are these books aimed at?
Who would choose this?
Odd one out
The gender gap
Appealing to boys
Closing the gap
Narrative non-fiction

Part 3: Expanding your knowledge

Part 3: Expanding your knowledge
Digging deeper
Series and brands
Bookshop browse
Meet the Books
Meet the Books: a group activity
Making the most of online resources

Part 4: Helping a reader discover something new

Part 4: Helping a reader discover something new
Setting the scene
Feedback activity: Take a bite
Feedback task
Spread the word
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