On Monday 12th November I was doing my Reading for Pleasure talks to children at a lovely little international school in Almere, Netherlands. It went pretty well, I thought. They all listened well, interacted well and seemed more enthusiastic about reading and about comics at the end than they did when they entered. I then got a lift into the city centre and had some tea at the local Five Guys burger place (after the recommendations of the school’s librarians). Now, I don’t lay all this out as a way of bragging about the wonderful places my career continues to take me, but as a way of framing the story of how I experienced one of the most influential people in my life – Stan Lee.
Blog of Steel
As the founder and organiser of the Excelsior Award, 2019 represents the first time I’ve decided to make some fairly big changes to the way it works. And I wanted to share why with all the school librarians who sign up to take part in it every year.