Welcome to Books for Keeps, our brand new magazine about children and books.
During 1979 the SBA had a major rethink about its future. We decided that we wanted to reach out to many more people involved with children and books, whether in professional or private capacities, and try our best to provide lively, imaginative and helpful ideas and information about the enormous range of books available to today’s children.
Books for Keeps, which replaces our old magazine, School Bookshop News, has been rethought editorially and redesigned visually to reflect this basic approach – the linchpin of our philosophy. We have assumed that you, our readership, are busy people committed to encouraging the reading habit amongst your children, not only in school but at home or on holiday too. Because there is so much available and so much new material being published, it is impossible to keep abreast of everything all the time. The thinking behind Books for Keeps is based therefore on the belief that book ideas, book opinion, book information and book news should be easy to digest, stimulating to read, and simple to select.
We want Books for Keeps to grow from this first edition into a book magazine that truly informs and excites all of you who in turn want children to know and experience the pleasures of reading books.
Pat Triggs and Richard Hill