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The School Library

We are delighted that all children can now access the library in a class library session. Junior children can also visit the library during the junior lunchtime session every Wednesday. 

Children are encouraged to select new books, with the emphasis on reading for pleasure as we believe that reading is something that we can all enjoy.


Library Days

  • Reception – Friday
  • Year 1 – Wednesday
  • Year 2 – Wednesday
  • Year 3 – Thursday
  • Year 4 – Thursday
  • Year 5 – Monday
  • Year 6 – Monday
The library is also open every Wednesday lunchtime for junior children to come and use the library between 12:00pm and 12:55pm.

Rain Before Rainbows

Walker Books have released a free e-book Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls and illustrated by David Litchfield to raise awareness for Save the Children’s Save With Stories campaign. You can access the book here.

Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2021

We were delighted to participate in the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize again this year. This was a real privilege as the votes of the judging panel helped to choose this year’s winning book. The judges from Bathwick St Mary this year were Alex, Edie and Honor from Year 5 and Ella-Sofia, Sonny and Zack from Year 6. 

The shortlisted books were:
  • 100 Things to Know About Saving the Planet
  • Agent Asha – Mission Shark Bytes
  • I am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe
  • I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast
  • Inventors
  • Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Everyone

Our winning book was Agent Asha – Mission Shark Bytes.

The national winner was I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe.

For more information about the prize, go to Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize. For the panel’s thoughts about the books, please see the April newsletter. 

Author visits

We were delighted to welcome Cerrie Burnell to our school on Tuesday 24th May. She gave a fascinating talk to Years 4, 5 and 6 about her new book Wilder than Midnight and copies of her books have been very popular in the library. Don’t forget that you can reserve a copy if the book you would like is on loan. 

Please see below for the fabulous visits which have taken place in the last three years.

  • A live Zoom event with Cressida Cowell in June 2021 to talk about her new book in the Wizards of Once series – Never and Forever.
  • Virtual participation in the Reading is Magic festival.
  • Hannah Shaw in February 2020 to talk to Years 1, 2 and 3 about her new book Unipiggle: Unicorn Muddle.
  • Anna James in October 2019 to talk to Years 4 and 6 about her Pages & Co series of books. 
  • Stewart Foster in July 2019 to talk to Years 4 and 6 about his new book Check Mates
  • Abi Elphinstone in June 2019 to talk to Years 3, 4 and 5 about her new book Rumblestar
  • Catherine Bruton in May 2019 to talk to Year 6 about her critically acclaimed new book No Ballet Shoes In Syria 
  • Fleur Hitchcock in March 2019 to talk to the whole school about her new books Clifftoppers and the Boy Who Flew
  • Costa Children’s Book Award winner Jasbinder Bilan in February 2019 to talk to Years 4 and 5 about her debut novel Asha and the Spirit Bird
  • Carina Axelsson in January  2019 to talk to Years 4 and 6 about her new book Royal Rebel 
  • Years 5 and 6 also enjoyed an inspiring trip to Frome in February 2019 to see the brilliant authors Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Nicki Thornton and Maz Evans. Many thanks to Bath Festivals and The Little Things Magazine for organising this free event.

Junior Librarian


The school library is catalogued and run using Junior Librarian, allowing the children to search, browse and review the books in the Library. This enhances the way children can use the Library and share books they have enjoyed. Please visit http://u020976.microlibrarian.net to search the library. 

Key dates and useful websites for book lovers (some of these are a great place to start looking for new reading inspiration):

For more resources relating to reading at home, please see the Home Learning Resources page

Library Newsletters

The library issues a regular newsletter to keep parents informed. Take a look at recent newsletters:

If you have any questions about the library or would like to get involved, please email Clare Turner on Librarian@bsm.bwmat.org

If you are having a clear out of your books at home, we always welcome donations of books for the library. Please just drop these into the school office.
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