Francis Baily has a long tradition of shadowing the Kate Greenaway Medal, the prize for the very best illustration in children’s books. Lots of schools and book groups, across the country, take part. In Francis Baily, Kate Greenaway Shadowing is a whole school activity and takes place during the summer term.
Shadowing means that each class will get an opportunity to study appropriate, titles from the Greenaway shortlist.The idea is that we shadow the judges by looking at the titles in the way the judges do for example: “How well do the pictures fit the story?” Our pupils take part in a range of literacy, art, even maths activities based on the Greenaway shortlist. Finally, everyone votes for their favourite book. The Francis Baily winner, along with the official Greenaway Winner, are announced in assembly.
The benefits of shadowing are huge, encouraging reading of quality titles, improving childrens’ literacy/visual literacy, and speaking and listening. When the Greenaway titles return to the library, they remain popular borrowings for months afterward.
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