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The School Library

During the week each class has a dedicated library session, during which they are encouraged to select new books and talk about what they are reading.  The emphasis is on reading for pleasure as we believe that reading is something that we can all enjoy. As well as the regular weekly sessions, there are lunchtime library sessions for KS2 and after school sessions for KS1. We also organise events such as book fairs, book swaps, author visits and activities related to World Book Day.

Library books over the summer holidays

This year, children are very welcome to enjoy their library books over the summer holidays and return them in September.  You can count any books read as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 run by the Reading Agency. Please see the Key Dates and Useful Websites section on the right for more information.

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

We were delighted that children from Bathwick St. Mary were able to form a Judging Panel for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2019. This was a very exciting opportunity for a group of children to read and judge the shortlisted non-fiction books, with their votes helping to choose the overall winner. The November library newsletter gives the panel’s view of all six shortlisted books, together with details of our chosen winner and the overall national winner. For more information about the Book Prize, please see Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

Author visits

We enjoyed a fabulous visit by Hannah Shaw on Monday 24th February, when she spoke to Years 1, 2 and 3 about her life as a author and illustrator and about her new book Unipiggle: Unicorn Muddle.  The children were able to create their own Unipiggle drawings as part of the visit.

Years 4 and 6 really enjoyed Anna James‘s visit to Bathwick St Mary Church School on Thursday 10th October to talk about her wonderful Pages & Co series of books. Her books celebrate the power of imagination as classic children’s book characters come to life in Pages & Co bookshop.

In the last year, we have also welcomed the following fabulous authors to Bathwick St Mary:

  • Stewart Foster in July to talk to Years 4 and 6 about his new book Check Mates
  • Abi Elphinstone in June to talk to Years 3, 4 and 5 about her new book Rumblestar
  • Catherine Bruton in May to talk to Year 6 about her critically acclaimed new book No Ballet Shoes In Syria 
  • Fleur Hitchcock in March 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 to talk to Years 4 and 5 about her debut novel Asha and the Spirit Bird
  • Carina Axelsson in January 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 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. 

World Book Day 2020 on Thursday 5th March

We hope everyone enjoyed getting involved in World Book Day this year. Many thanks to everyone who took part by entering the Short Story Competition, dressing up as a favourite book character or visiting the Travelling Books book fair. Don’t forget you can still Share A Million Stories!

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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