The School Library
The library is currently closed to class visits , but we are giving the children the opportunity to borrow library books via their classrooms on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 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.
If you have any outstanding library books, please do bring them back into school as soon as possible as we do still have a lot of library books still to be returned.
World Book Day 2021World Book Day 2021 is on Thursday 4th March. In addition to the planned ‘World Book Week’ in school, there are lots of other exciting ways you and your children can take part virtually in World Book Day.
- Share a Story Live with World Book Day. The World Book Day website has virtual events running from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th March.
- Show Your Shares Competition. This competition on the World Book Day website runs until March 21st. There are also lots of audio books and story videos on the World Book day website under the Families tab.
- Scholastic Live World Book Day Event Week. Scholastic and Travelling Books are running a whole week of free events from Monday 1st to Friday 5th March.
- Bourneville BookFest for Schools. There will be a different video uploaded every day during World Book Day week from authors such as Katherine Rundell and Benjamin Zephaniah, covering reading and drawing.
- Usborne World Record Attempt. Attempt to smash a book-related world record with Usborne Books.
- Read a book (or perhaps more than one!)
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 2020
We are very pleased to announce that we have been selected to participate in the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize again this year. This year’s shortlist, together with more information about the Book Prize, can be found at Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize. For more information about the 2019 winner and shortlist, please see the November library newsletter.
Classes have recently enjoyed taking part remotely in the Reading is Magic festival. Following the cancellation of the Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Bath Festivals have joined forces with Bradford Literature Festival, Borders Book Festival, Boswell Book Festival, North Cornwall Book Festival, Wigtown Book Festival, and Toronto International Festival of Authors to put on more than 25 events over six days. For more information, please visit the Reading is Magic Festival website. All events can be accessed for free until the end of the current lockdown.We are currently unable to organise author visits, but please see below for the fabulous visits which have taken place in the last two years.
- 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.