Are you worried your students have lost their love of reading? Want to get their reading spark back?

This session will show how picture books could be the answer - how they can contribute to reading for pleasure across a variety of age ranges and reader types. Far more than simply being a stepping stone towards literacy, they can be used in a variety of ways. Join Jake Hope and Amy McKay to discover:


-  the importance of visual literacy as a core skill in young people's learning

-  some of the challenges faced by children with English as an Additional language

- how picturebooks can be used to deliver visual literacy skills, support less confident but also keen readers.


The session will also:  

-  give guidance on ways to participate in and gain the most from shadowing the Kate Greenaway Award

- highlight the cross-disciplinary opportunities picturebooks provide. 


* This session will be recorded and access will be made available to delegates after the event. 

Speaker Info

Speaker Name

Jake Hope and Amy McKay

Speaker Details

Jake is an experienced children’s book and reading development consultant, named as one of the UK’s top librarians of the future in the National Love Libraries Campaign. He has written extensively on children’s reading development and librarianship, contributing chapters to numerous books, producing our SLA publication on diversity and inclusion and previews for The Bookseller. Jake enjoys working creatively, has strong network links across the book trade and reading sector and is passionate about children’s books and promoting a love of reading and writing with young people and their families. 

Voted School Librarian of the Year in 2016-17, Amy is a familiar face at festivals and on judging panels. She makes regular appearances at Edinburgh and has judged numerous book awards, including the Blue Peter Book Awards and the Nibbies. Describing herself as a ‘stealth librarian’, Amy lures readers in to the library with innovative clubs and activities using her natural rapport to introduce them to the world of books and reading.