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  1. Why are Posters Important and How Can We Use Them to Increase Library Circulation?

    Posted on: Feb 14, 2022
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    Posters can brighten up any library space as they capture the attention and enable discussion, which in turn encourages students to visit. When used as part of a wider library or classroom display, posters have the power not only to promote specific books but to introduce students to new subjects and concepts, encouraging them to think deeply, investigate widely and broaden their horizons.

    Posters are perfect for all your students but especially reluctant and struggling readers. They are visually engaging with clear and concise information so the material can be absorbed quickly, even at a glance. Whether it be a quote, a scientific principle or a profile of a popstar, posters can motivate and focus students in a way that other learning aids may not.

    When 65% of people worldwide find visual learning more effective it is crucial to use images and graphics to impart information within schools. Posters are one of the best (and easiest) ways to effectively achieve this in a library and classroom environment.

  2. Books to Boost Reading Confidence and Help Students Catch Up

    Books to Boost Reading Confidence and Help Students Catch Up

    Posted on: Jun 09, 2021
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    A study conducted by Renaissance Learning in 2020 showed that 63% of teachers expected that lockdown — and all the limitations that come with it — would increase the existing attainment gap for disadvantaged students. Perhaps more alarmingly, over a third of teachers indicated that they did not feel their school was prepared to measure, and subsequently act on, those attainment differences upon returning to the classroom.

    Filling gaps will no doubt be an ongoing priority for teachers as we navigate a post-lockdown landscape, with key areas of learning taking priority in the mission to catch up. Few areas are more key than literacy, and we know it is going to be a race against time to try and accelerate some students back up to the level of their peers, to reinforce the key skills that will enable them to access the rest of the curriculum. To that end, we wanted to highlight some of our best ‘reading for pleasure’ resources to provide as clear a path as possible — particularly at the all-important transition period of UKS2 to LKS3 when children need to build confidence in their literacy skills as they move on to more challenging work.

    As an experienced educational publisher that has specialised in high interest, low reading level books for nearly 20 years, we have amassed a large and varied back catalogue of engaging fiction and non-fiction to cover a wide range of interests, which we are passionate to make sure act as an ‘open door’ into reading. Our fiction is rightly made up of strands of voices from different walks of life, diverse backgrounds and ways of seeing the world, and we can provide digital resources or printed books, depending on your needs.

    Below we have provided details and recommended audiences for some of our popular series, as well as some of the key features that make our books so accessible for struggling or reluctant readers.

    You can view our entire range

  3. Welcome Back!

    Welcome Back!

    Posted on: Sep 24, 2020
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    Welcome Back

    It’s fantastic to see children back in school after so long a break, and we know how hard staff have had to work to implement all the new (and changing) procedures to get to this stage.

    Here at Badger Learning we have been working on updating our products to make sure we have what you need to ensure children are supported in their reading journey and with their wellbeing. We know that the pandemic has put a huge strain on some children’s mental health and wellbeing and as much as we hope that will all be eased now they are back at school, some will need additional resources. Primary teachers may want to take a look at our PSHE Through Stories Collection.  For secondary schools, our Minding Your Mental Health and Supporting Your Mental Health collections address a number of mental health topics through fiction and non-fiction respectively, helping teenagers realise they are not alone and opening up conversations in a relatable way.

    In these first few weeks back teachers will also have been assessing where children are at academically and looking at ways to address gaps in learning. Reading is crucial here and with the limited access to books over lockdown, a lot of children will have been reading significantly less than they would in more normal times. Supporting struggling and reluctant readers with appealing books, written by authors who specialise in accessible literature has always been a big part of what we do. Our books are all carefully assessed for Accelerated Reader™ Level, Catch-Up Level, reading age and interest age. This ensures you can place the right book in a pupil’s hand, one which will both appeal to their maturity as well as improving their fluency and comprehe

  4. 6 Discussion Points to Celebrate International Women's Day

    6 Discussion Points to Celebrate International Women's Day

    Posted on: Feb 17, 2020
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     “We need to live in a culture that values, respects, looks up to and idolizes women as much as men.” Emma Watson

     

    Happy International Women’s Day! March the 8th is a day for celebrating the many achievements of women across the globe. It is also a day to highlight issues that still need to be solved in order to accomplish equality. The #IWD2020 theme is #EachforEqual, calling for each of us to take control of our actions and be held accountable in a world where “we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.”

    2019 felt like a mixture of achievements and failures for women’s rights. Whilst Saudi Arabia granted women the right to drive without a male chaperone, Turkey announced the ‘marry-your-rapist’ law. In Finland women dominated the top political spots, including the youngest Prime Minister ever elected, yet the 2020 Sex and Power Index from the Fawcett Society shows that men still dominate every sector of politics, public life and business. Whilst Ireland brought in legislation so that women and girls can terminate a pregnancy without fear of being prosecuted, states across the U.S. are passing the most restrictive abortion laws in decades, potentially putting women’s lives at risk.

    6 Discussion Points for International Women's Day

    The following six topics are designed to promote awareness and discussion in the classroom.

    1. Women are 47% more likely to suffer severe injuries in car crashes because safety features are designed for men. It is true that we live in world designed for men as we consistently use data where test subjects are male. This is known as the gender data gap. What implications does this have on society? What other data is male biased? What could we do to change this?
    2. It is estimated that the gender pay gap will take around 202 years to close (World Eco
  5. Youth Activism and Climate Change

    Youth Activism and Climate Change

    Posted on: Jan 30, 2020
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    Climate conversations are never simple, with many people finding it hard to visualise a world of climate chaos or simply refusing to do so. That is why discussions through literature are so important – they bring the pandemonium to life and aid in envisaging a ravaged world, unlike anything we have seen before.

    It feels like we are approaching the Golden Age of Young Adult ‘cli-fi’ (climate change fiction). Our worldwide news is constantly awash with ecological disasters and the beginning of 2020 has been no different with the devastating bush fires in Australia horrifying people all over the world. Although gaining popularity, very few ‘cli-fi’ novels actually deal directly with climate change but rather discuss the after-effects. Our No Planet B collection strives to raise awareness of the irreversible damage we are causing, a collection to shock but also to inspire – books that act as literary catalysts.

    No Planet B contains various ecological dystopias, each venturing into an unknown future of our world. Every title asks the reader to imagine themselves in place of the lead character as devastating environmental change brings with it the breakdown of society as we know it, posing problems of not just how to survive but how to stay human. Will they be a person of action or inaction? Would they only fend for themselves or would they help others in this time of need? Would they fall into despair or hold onto hope?

    Both Phoenix Rising and Floodworld examine a planet nearly completely underwater, a very possible future with rising sea levels threatening to engulf coastlines. How To Bee scrutinises the devastating effect of the extinction of bees, an issue that is already a reality in rural China, who use humans to artificially pollinate because pesticides have radically reduced the bee population. Dry and The Survival Game look at life on Earth with barely any

  6. Award-winning, dyslexia-friendly horror series, Papercuts has six brand new titles!

    Award-winning, dyslexia-friendly horror series, Papercuts has six brand new titles!

    Posted on: Jan 06, 2020
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    You asked for more, so here you go! We are delighted to announce that six, brand new Papercuts books will be published in January 2020. Papercuts III builds on our award-winning Papercuts I and Papercuts II series of bone-chilling horror stories for students aged 13+. Once again, our talented authors and artists have created six eye-catching and engaging books that will be sure to grab, and hold, the attention of even the most reluctant teenage reader. Each story is packed with horror and elements of the supernatural and, for the first time ever, two of the titles are sci-fi horrors set in space!

    Each book contains four full-page images interspersed throughout the text, helping readers to visualise the story, whilst retaining the appearance of a teenage novel. As with our other Papercuts titles, the books in Papercuts III have a reading age of 8–9 and a manageable word count of 5000­–6000. A dyslexia-friendly font and design is used, with bite-sized chunks of text and line spacing, along with off-white paper to reduce visual stress on sensitive eyes.

     We hope you enjoy these haunting tales as much as we do!

  7. Getting into writing with two Sides Two Sides II Author Emma Norry

    Getting into writing with two Sides Two Sides II Author Emma Norry

    Posted on: Nov 07, 2019
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    Badger publishing fans will be aware of our best-selling Two Sides series of thought-provoking stories on hard-hitting themes that are breaking new ground in accessible literature.  Emma Norry is the author of United, one of the books in the Two Sides II series, and she kindly agreed to an interview about this book and shares some tips on becoming a writer. Danny Pearson, our publisher, also gives us some insight into the commissioning process for this series and the reaction from readers.

    How did you research and prepare for writing this novel?

    My husband is a massive football fan, both playing and watching it. So… I watched games with him, tried FIFA and PES on the PlayStation and asked my son about playing at school. 

    United is a story about Zane, a football-mad teenager coming to terms with his sexuality.  He has to cope with homophobic comments from his dad and coach how do you think this affects his mental state?

    Everything is amplified when you're a teenager. The good and the bad. Teens can be sensitive about many things, a stereotype that they 'don't care' isn't necessarily true, and when you have a secret, or are particularly worried about something, it often plays on your mind a lot and can easily become all consuming. Poor Zane ends up quite depressed and finds his personality changing in some respects as the comments he hears from respected and trusted grown-ups make him doubt any faith he has in the adults around him and make him feel isolated. 

    You pack a lot into a very short story and Zane has a lot to cope with at the same time. How important was that to creating his character?

    Very important. I wanted Zane to get to a point where we almost wondered if he might snap again, and if so, what would that be like, because he had so much to cope with. Worried about his friend's new relationship, as well as trying to accept his own sexuality and possi

  8. Two Sides II OUT NOW!

    Two Sides II OUT NOW!

    Posted on: Apr 11, 2019
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    Two Sides II – Out Now!

    We are thrilled to announce that we are back with a brand-new series — Two Sides II.

    Given the success of the first Two Sides series — published in September last year — we expect these six new books to be a real hit with students.

    As in the first series, the texts consist of two first-person narratives with differing perspectives. One ‘bystander’ narrative, usually presenting a narrow or prejudiced view, alternates with the main character’s voice who reveals the broader reality of their difficult situation.

    These books really do pack a punch and consider hard-hitting topics that affect many of today’s teenagers. Gender identity, racism, sexuality, anxiety, loneliness, domestic abuse and homelessness are all covered.

    They are specifically written for struggling and reluctant readers aged 13+, with reading ages of 8–9.

    Each book has a dedicated section at the back with easily-digestible information about the topics covered, along with links to useful websites where students can find help and support.

    United by Emma Norry

    This sensitively written book tells the story of a talented young football player, Zane, and his struggle with coming out to his best friend, coach and teammates.

    It is a sad fact that homophobia continues to be rife within football, at both the professional and amateur level. 

    As teachers will know, the influence of professional footballers on young people shouldn’t be underestimated, meaning that it is vital for football clubs to promote a culture of diversity and acceptance. Gareth Southgate, OBE, is leading the way in changing outdated beliefs to reflect modern society:

    “We’re a team, with our diversity and our youth, that represents modern England. In England, we have spent a bit of time being a bit lost as to what our modern identity is. I think we represent that modern identity and

  9. Two Sides — Available now

    Two Sides — Available now

    Posted on: Sep 14, 2018
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    Appearances can be deceiving. In a judgemental world, can your students see Two Sides?

  10. Meet Sarah, one of our dedicated Book Collections Team

    Meet Sarah, one of our dedicated Book Collections Team

    Posted on: Jul 12, 2018
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    We are very proud of the team we have here at Badger Learning, from the hardworking people who pack the boxes to the lovely ladies who create the collections in our Product Development Team. I caught up with Sarah, one of our Product Developers, to ask her about her role here at Badger…

     How did you become a book buyer?

    I always knew I wanted to work within the book industry so I went to university and gained a degree in English Literature. During this time, I also worked in a library and became a student ambassador promoting higher education to children of all ages. When I finished university, I interned at three publishing houses (Random House, Penguin and Hachette) across many departments so I gained a good idea of how the publishing process worked. During my final internship, I was lucky enough to secure my current position at Badger Learning where I have worked as a buyer and product developer for the past six years.

    What is the best part of your job?

    Ahhhh, I know it sounds cheesy but it really is knowing that I am providing amazing and important books for teens to read that are potentially life-changing. When a teen reads a book from my collection and has that ‘oh, it’s not just me’ moment or the fact it helps them work through some difficult emotions or makes them smile when they are having a terrible day – that is the best and most rewarding part of my job.

    How are books selected for your collections?

    1)      We meet with publishers on a regular basis and view the upcoming titles around 6 months in advance of publication. There is no set time that we buy, as we sell all year round, so we are on a constant rolling schedule. This means we offer the freshest books with the latest tren

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