Book Group

JAB South


Last nigh, JAB South met to discuss lots of lovely books. The focus of our meeting was history books which we could use in the classroom- as key texts, for guided reading, for research…As usual, this was all accompanied by plenty of biscuits!


We looked at books which could be used with different age groups and discussed how they might be used. Some of the books have a place on our shortlist this year- The Bluest of Blues (review here), The Golden Horsemen of Baghdad and The Riddle of the Runes (review here). Others are past winners- Will and the Lost Gardeners of Heligan (review here) , Flo of the Somme (review here) and The Histronauts (review here)


Biography collections - e.g. How to Be Extraordinary (review here) and Fantastically Great Women (review here) were also discussed and their important role in introducing children to a wide range of significant people, perhaps used as part of assemblies.


It was such a lovely session, full of lovely people who all love books! Some of the titles we looked at have teaching ideas/ notes written by members of the group which will be available on the Members’ Section of the website and notes from the meeting with suggestions will also be added. Taff in the Waaf , Everest, The Lady Has the Floor, Attach of the Vikings… these are just a few of the other books members of the group looked at.


Next term’s JAB session will be focusing on texts that can be used to support geography topics. Everyone is welcome to come!

The North Somerset Teachers' Book Awards 2019 Longlist

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Announcing the 2019 North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award long list.

We’ve read so many wonderful books over the last few months and have chosen a selection that we can’t wait to share with you. Each one of these books has been carefully chosen for its potential use in the classroom. Whether it’s poetry, information, read aloud, quality fiction, moving on or a picture book. there is something here for everyone- the perfect books for developing reading for pleasure and creating life long readers. Use the button below to view the 2019 long list.

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s list; to each of our Just About Books members, who collectively read hundreds of books and especially to publishers, who sent so many books for us to consider this year.

We hope you enjoy reading through our long list of books over the summer. Happy reading!

Tea, biscuits and long lists!


Last night, we had our final long list meeting! Favourite books were championed, tea was consumed and many, many biscuits were eaten!


Over the past few months, JAB members have been searching bookshops, using their local libraries and visiting festivals to collect wonderful books that we think could be part of the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards 2019. We were delighted by the response from publishers this year and many boxes and parcels have arrived, full of goodies for us to savour. Hard as it has been, we have been working our way through these and suggestions from members until- hundreds of books later- we are ready to share this year’s long list for each category- on Saturday!


Starting with poetry, we worked our way through each of our six categories with different members championing their favourite reads. The range and quality on offer was amazing and we enjoyed sharing ideas for how books could be used in classrooms, for guided reading, book events or library sessions.


Tea top-ups and new packets of biscuits were needed as the evening wore on and the discussions became increasingly heated. Reluctantly, some books were put to one side- some occasionally sneaked back into the discussion pile when no one was looking- until at last we had six long lists of wonderful books- twenty picture books, twelve poetry, twelve information, twelve quality fiction, twelve read aloud and twelve moving on. Can’t wait to share them…