Picture and Comic Books for All

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School Library Associationworking with Heath Educational Books


Venue: Heath Educational Books, Sutton, Surrey
Tuesday 11th June 2019

Trainer – Bev HumphreySLA Quality Training

Target audience: Primary and Secondary School Staff

Course outline:

Picture books are not just attractive for younger children, there are so many fantastic beautifully illustrated books published each year that are suitable for use with kids of all ages and for all topics. Looking for a way to discuss gender identity with your pupils? There are picture books for that. Working on inclusion or empathy – there are picture books for that! It’s not just classic picture books that can fit in with your curriculum aims either.  Graphic novels and comics have their place too and can be both engaging and informative. Comics are not just superhero based but have been created on a range of hard hitting topics and make discussions on these topics easier with easily embarrassed teens. A book list will be provided and digital picture books will be covered as well as paper books. Suggestions for classroom use will be given for a toolkit of titles.

The course will be set in Heath Books’ extensive Showroom with over 60,000 books to view as part of the day.


09.30 – 09.45    Registration and refreshments

09.45 – 11.00    Session 1 – Picture books with words and without, for specific topics and curriculum aims

11.00 – 11.15    Break

11.15 – 12.30    Session 2 – Picture books and comic books to promote Reading for Pleasure for all abilities and to build empathy and understanding, as well as prompting discussions on sensitive subjects

12.30 – 13.30    Lunch

13.30 – 15.00    Session 3 – Digital image rich story apps and sites for reading and creating picture books and comics will be shown with demonstrations of how they work

About Bev Humphrey:

Bev Humphrey is now a Literacy and Technology Consultant after spending 10 years as a school librarian.  She worked in an all boys secondary school in South East London and during this time developed a passion for encouraging her students to read and write for pleasure, often using online media to do so.  She was given a Reading Hero Award by the Literacy Trust at the end of the National Year of Reading for her work during this year and her international collaborative writing project, the Write Path was shortlisted for a Times Educational Supplement New Literacy Initiative Award in 2009 and has twice been shortlisted for a Lemos and Crane Literacy Award.  Bev also worked with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as a Lead Practitioner for literacy.  As a consultant Bev has presented at seminars and conferences all over the country for E2BN, Renaissance Learning, CILIP, SLG and SLA amongst others.  A self-confessed geek, Bev lives much of her life online and loves using exciting new technology as a motivator for young people’s learning.  She is a member of the SLA Board, SLA Website Content Manager and Editor, SLA Digital.  Bev is at her happiest when enlightening colleagues in education about the possibilities of literacy presented by new technologies for enthusing young people about reading and writing for pleasure or when she is working with school librarians who are of course her favourite people!


Venue: Heath Educational Books, Willow House, Willow Walk, Off Whittaker Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM3 9QQ

Telephone: 020 8644 7788

Course date: Tuesday 11th June 2019

Closing date for booking: Friday 24th May 2019

Discount deadline: Tuesday 14th May 2019*

Course Fees  (VAT at Standard Rate applies to all course fees)

SLA Members and Heath Educational Books customers:     £105.00 ** 

Non-members:                                                                                                 £165.00  


A second delegate from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) –

SLA members  and Heath Educational Books customers  £70.00  /  /  Non-members  £90.00

* A discount of £15.00 will be given on all the above prices for bookings received by Tuesday 14th May. (We understand that it is not always possible to submit a cheque with a booking form.  For this reason payment is not required by the deadline date as long as an official order / booking form is submitted).

** Please apply via. Heath Educational Books or quote ‘Heaths’ in the ‘How I Heard about this Course’ section on the online booking form to qualify.  Many thanks.



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Fax to:   01793 481182

Post to:   The School Library Association

1 Pine Court

Kembrey Park


Wiltshire, SN2 8AD

Telephone   01793 401153


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Cancellations by delegates – Cancellations received up to 10 working days before the course date are refundable minus £15.00 administration charge.  After that, cancellations are subject to 50% of the course fee which you may apply to a future course.  If you do not cancel or attend, the full fee will be charged.  Please contact the SLA office if you wish to send a substitute delegate.

Cancellations by SLA – Unfortunately the SLA cannot accept responsibility for any incidental expenses incurred by delegates for courses which are cancelled due to lack of take-up or other unforeseen circumstances.

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