One for the girls!

61Lwrh8cXYL__SX324_BO1,204,203,200_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 Dork Diaries series in the library, which is also very popular, but Electrigirl offers a great combination of comic style pages and text; there’s already another one on the way!

A good read which I’m sure the girls will love; maybe a few boys too!!

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 chasing each other to the library in order to be the next borrowers; boys and girls alike. Even the children themselves have noticed the series as a new craze!

Both new books continue the adventures in the most exciting tree house you are ever likely to come across.  An extremely imaginative, well illustrated book which will attract fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates.  With a new release due at the beginning of April – the 52 Storey Tree House; the children are already starting a reservation list!


Comic con – Fantastic!

Here are just a few of the tables we had laid out for the children to browse –  Marvel, DC Comics, Phoenix Comics, Star Wars and a Graphic Novel table.

After time browsing the tables the fancy dress was judged by our special guests (from the local Comic Shop). They judged the winners and presented prizes.

The children then had a choice of activities; painting their own face mask, comic hero drawing, comic bookmark and making a comic strip on the laptops.  After the activities the children had light tea and cakes.


On leaving the children were each given a comic and a party bag with lots of treats!

Such a successful event I will definitely be repeating this one!

Moone Boy


WH Smith were promoting this book half price, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Written by Chris O’Dowd, from the telly, and friend Nick Vincent-Murphy, it’s the story of boy who is fed up being surrounded by girls; him being the only boy in the family.

Martin Moone, the main character, needs someone to guide him through his nonsensical life and best friend, Padraic suggests he gets an imaginary friend, or an ‘IF’ for short.  Things don’t go to plan.  The hilarity begins as Martin searches for the perfect ‘IF’.   Plenty of laugh out loud moments in the book and plenty of situations children with siblings can relate to.

Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will love the comic style illustrations which help bring the story to life. I would recommend it to older junior children 9+ I am sure it will be well received in our school library.

Reading Promotion


These badges which promote reading were available to collect in my childhood.  I still had a few in my collection but topped them up with extras bought from ebay.  The children love looking at them and choosing which ones they like the best.  I have also begun rewarding readers with badges but couldn’t find a huge variety.  The bronze, silver and gold bookworm badge pins are extremely popular with many children aspiring to own one of these.  Luckily for the new academic year I have sourced some new button badges similar to my originals so the children will have something new to strive for.

Boys Reading

Came across this article in the Times Educational Supplement.  Firstly praise for Gareth Summers who took the time to find out what the boys were interested in and doing something about it.

I get annoyed when I see reports/articles about boys not liking reading.  In my opinion that is just not true in so many cases.  The truth is they haven’t found something that really engages them.

Fortunately, in primary school there are many boys who want to be the next Wayne Rooney so there are books which cater for their interests, football!  Dan Freedman’s Jamie Johnson series of books capture the trials and tribulations of a boy wanting to succeed as a professional footballer.  These books have been very popular in our library but only after I drew the boys attention to them by having a football themed display.  Tom Palmer is another author who writes ‘sports’ stories; Football academy being extremely popular and recently he has written books based around rugby.

Another genre which I introduced to our library was graphic novels.  We have a collection of around 30 books, many of which are the classics like Treasure Island, Frankenstein, Alice in Wonderland.  Again these books are very popular with the upper junior boys and they are not put off reading them because they are written in a style which appeals to them, a comic.

It is totally up to us as librarians and educators to engage every child with reading for pleasure. We need to have those conversations to find out what their interests are and start them on their journey to love reading!

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners – Pamela Butchart


Another new addition for our library.  The winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015, it’s the second book in a series and full of fun.

Izzy is proud to be a buddy to the new girl, Matilde.  Her suspicion is soon roused when Matilde  not only eats school dinners (also known as poison) but has seconds.  Besides this Izzy and her gang can’t get a word out of Matilde.  Then they spot her taking notes in a secret note book, she must be a spy – a school inspector in disguise.

This is a great book for early readers.  It’s a pacey read with lots of laughs with a common theme.  Children of 7+ will love it!