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The School Library

All children access the library in a weekly 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 – Thursday
  • Year 3 – Wednesday
  • Year 4 – Thursday
  • Year 5 – Monday
  • Year 6 – Monday

The library is also open every Thursday lunchtime for junior children to come and use the library between 12:00pm and 1pm.

Author visits

E L Norry visited Years 5 and 6 to give a brilliant talk about her new book Fablehouse on Friday 23rd June. Fablehouse is available to borrow in the school library and is a fascinating and exciting read!

We enjoyed a visit on a suitably windy and rainy day on Monday 13th March from local author Tamsin Mori to speak to Years 4, 5 and 6 about the final book in her brilliant Weather Weaver series. All Weather Weaver books are available in the school library. 

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 enjoyed an exciting visit from Sarah Coyle for an interactive Pick a Story session on Wednesday 8th February 2023. The children really enjoyed voting on and acting out the different stories.

We enjoyed a brilliant (and scary) visit from Eve Wersocki Morris who visited Years 5 and 6 on Wednesday 18th January 2023 to talk about her new book The Wildstorm Curse

We were delighted to be invited to visit KES Junior School on Thursday 19th January 2023 to see Abi Elphinstone speaking about her new book Saving Neverland. Years 3 and 4 had a wonderful time. 

We were pleased to be able to take all children from Years 1 to 6 to the Bath Children’s Literature Festival on Friday 23rd September 2022 to see Michael Rosen. This was a fabulous event for all of the children.

We were also very pleased to arrange for the junior classes to visit the Bath Children’s Literature Festival in September 2022 to see some brilliant authors:

  • Year 3 had a great time listening to Joseph Coehlo, the Waterstones Children’s Laureate and award-winning poet, playwright and children’s author;
  • Year 4 saw the hilarious and acclaimed author Maz Evans;
  • Year 5 learned about Incredible Untold Stories that Shaped Britain with The Black Curriculum;
  • Year 6 were enthralled by authors Robin Stevens and Serena Patel.

We were delighted to welcome Cerrie Burnell to our school on Tuesday 24th May 2022. 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. 

School Library Association Information Book Award 2023

Eliani, Jacob, Joe and Millie (all Year 6) are currently busy reading the SLA Information Book Award shortlist (ages 8-12), before they decide on their winning book. For more information about this award, please see here. We look forward to giving you the views of the judging panel soon! Many thanks to the SLA for donating free copies of the shortlisted books.

Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2022

We were delighted to be part of the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize again this year. Thank you to Dan, Joe, Lata, Leo, Lottie and Myrto (all Year 5) who were fantastic at reading, judging and discussing the books. Please see the February 2023 newsletter for more details of the books. You can find more information about the prize here. The national winner has now been announced as:

  • If the World Were 100 People by Jackie McCann and Aaron Cushley

Library Newsletters

The library issues a regular newsletter to keep parents informed. Take a look at the latest newsletter here:

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.

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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