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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 2021

World 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. For more reading resources, please see the Home Learning Resources page. 

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.

Author visits

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.

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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