I'm always grateful to blog readers who alert me to anything interesting happening out there in the big wide book world so many thanks to Paul for tipping me the wink about this
"My professional body CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Carnegie medal awarded to the best older children's novels each year and the Kate Greenaway medal for the best picture book. The public are able to vote for their favourites from a selection from previous medal winners until 14 June. There are some great books here in both categories"
I've just been over to vote here and had to dig out a book I'd forgotten about from years ago, our very dog-eared copy of Dogger by Shirley Hughes which has seen much active service.That one's had my vote for the Best of the Kate Greenaway's and for the Carnegie it was The Borrowers by Mary Norton so that was my childhood remembered in a flash.
I've talked about it before but another of the going-home stories that stayed with me was the ultra-serious and scary Miss Butteriss (Miss Butterdish to us of course) reading The Borrowers to Blue Class at Sherwood County Primary in that moment before prayers, chairs up on the table, dash to the pegs to grab coats and fly like a rocket all the way down Sherwood Park Road in Mitcham to catch the 118 bus home.
Just to prove what a stickler Miss Butterdish was, here's my 1961 Blue Class school report citing that I had "conquered my tendency to carelessness" and my work was "neatly performed".
I'm also pleased to see that in my Attitude to School Life I was "quite reliable" leading to an overall plaudit of "most satisfied".
Clearly Miss B felt there was a glimmer of hope for me at the age of seven.