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Children's Literature: Current Awareness

A Library Services Subject Guide

Dates for your Diary

Throughout the year there are events to inspire and promote reading for pleasure:

Mar World Book Day
Apr International Children's Book Day
Apr     World Book Night
Sep Roald Dahl Day

Websites that promote reading

The sites below aim to inspire young people to read more. They are useful in establishing authors and illustrators currently in the limelight, current issues, and reading initiatives.

Academic and research websites

The following sites are particularly useful for giving a good overview of children's literature focussing on academic work and research. 

News Syndication

RSS stands for rich site summary or really simple syndication.  It's a format for funnelling constantly updated information, like news, from different web sources into a single point of access, meaning you only have to visit one site instead of several. You may have noticed the RSS icon on webpages before but not realised what it was; it's a small orange box containing what looks like a wi-fi symbol (put 'rss icon' into a Google image search to see what one looks like).

To use RSS you will need to sign up to a feed reader or news aggregator like for example Digg or Feedly and, when you're ready, go to the sites you are interested in and subscribe to the RSS feeds.  You can then view the aggregated feeds via your chosen reader.

Apps like News360 and Flipboard do a similar job but in a slightly different way.