The final Goth Girl!

The Goth Girl series of books is extremely popular in our school library, so the excitement of a new release has been palpable! The new book sees Ada Goth solving another spooky mystery with her friends from the 'attic' club, all during a music festival being held at Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Fabulous illustrations as always along... Continue Reading →

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Raid your Reading!

As a school we have been applying the Talk for Writing scheme during Literacy lessons.  It is working really well in all the classes and it's great to see the children telling stories using the actions they have learned. I love the fact the children have the opportunity to learn so many stories throughout the... Continue Reading →

New book awards, LOL!

Very busy lately - presenting a reading for pleasure course, World Book Day celebrations, chatterbooks group coming to an end, etc, etc. Anyway looking forward to this new book award, The Lollies!  It replaces the Roald Dahl funny book prize which ended in 2013.  There are 12 books to vote for 4 picture books, 4... Continue Reading →

One for the girls!

Another addition to our school library. The rise of the graphic novel is most welcome in our library.  Tom Gates, Diary of a Wimpy Kid etc have all played their part in getting children reading and interested in books.  So I was glad to see a new graphic novel aimed at girls.  We have the... Continue Reading →

Read for Pleasure

Busy week, delivering my first course. Read for Pleasure the How as well as the why - that was the tag line.  Helen, a literacy consultant, brought together the latest research studies into reading for pleasure.  Giving an overview of how important it is and showing indications as to why this will be the next... Continue Reading →

Love your Library

Have started to prepare the library for Love your Library fortnight. The tree has knitted hearts hanging from it which are embellished with phrases; 'love books' 'love your library' 'love reading'.  These hearts along with some heart shaped lights make a striking display in amongst the book shelves.  Many of the books I have chosen... Continue Reading →

Treehouse Crazy!!

The 13 Storey Tree House was a welcome addition to our library last year.  It has received a new lease of life due to being one of the ten books on the Cumbria Book Awards, Spellbinding list. I recently purchased the next two books in the series which have also proved very popular.  The children are... Continue Reading →

Introducing Sci-fi

UFO Lands in the playground! This incident provided the 'hook' into our writing for the next few weeks. The children were amazed to find an unidentified flying object in the playground when they arrived at school. The object was a piece of volcanic rock surrounded by BBQ coals mixed with green jelly slush.  There was a... Continue Reading →

Science Fiction Genre

So glad our year 6 children are looking at science fiction genre over the next few weeks. This books is an old favourite of mine, I think it is the first time I read any thing in this genre. The story involves a family whose father experiments with time travel with unsuspected consequences. The family... Continue Reading →

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