- The title of this film is ‘Soar’. Can you think of synonyms for this word? Would any of them make a better film title in your opinion?
- Look at the first frame of the animation. Predict what you think may happen in the rest of the film.
- Retell the story from the point of view of Mara (the girl) or Lucas (the pilot).
- Pause the video at different points (e.g. 0:15, 0:28, 0:50, 1:15, 1:44, 2:29, 3:51, 4:35) and think of some speech / thought bubbles for the characters.
- Pause the video when the small bag lands on the table. Write an alternative ending from this point. What is in the bag? Who does it belong to?
- Turn the story into a playscript, adding narration, stage directions and speech for the characters.
- Look at different roles listed in the credits. How would each of these people have contributed to the movie?
- Create a persuasive poster to advertise this movie.
- Make a set of instructions to teach others how to make a paper aeroplane.
- Create an explanation text that teaches others how a plane works.
- Write a ‘flashback’ scene for this film that tells us more about Lucas and his life.
When I was a child my favourite story was The Little Match Stick Girl
Today is International Children’s Book Day
Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. These materials are used in different ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY Sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries. Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children’s books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions or announcements of book awards.
Hans Christian Andersen Awards
The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children’s books. Every other year IBBY presents the Andersen Award to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature.
The Author’s Award has been given since 1956 and the Illustrator’s Award since 1966. The Award consists of a gold medal and a diploma, presented at a festive ceremony during the biennial IBBY Congress.
The Patron of the Andersen Awards is Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and the Awards are sponsored by Nami Island Inc. Nominations for the Andersen Award are made by the National Sections of IBBY. The Award recipients are selected by a distinguished international jury of children’s literature specialists.
The selection criteria include the aesthetic and literary qualities of writing and illustrating as well as the ability to see things from the child’s point of view and the ability to stretch the child’s curiosity and imagination. The complete works of the author and of the illustrator will be taken into consideration.
The full list of the 2018 nominees will be announced at the IBBY press conference on Monday, 3 April 2017 at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
World Poetry Day is a time to appreciate and support poets and poetry around the world. It is held on March 21 each year and is an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The Short Story Prize 2017, in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing, is set to unearth brilliant new talent in children’s writing across the UK.
The writing competition challenges unpublished authors to capture children’s imaginations with a short story that gives a well-known fairy tale a modern twist. Entries should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words, aimed at children aged 8 to 12.
The top 10 stories will be published in an eBook anthology by Bloomsbury, the renowned publishers of titles by J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman and Louis Sachar.
The launch of the Short Story Prize 2017 comes after a new national celebration of creative writing was announced earlier this month. National Writing Day on 21 June 2017 encourages people to put pen to paper and unleash their imagination.
Early bird entry fee (until midnight 31 March 2017) for first submissions is £15. After this, full first entry is £30 (subsequent submissions £15). The competition closes at midnight on 25 June 2017.