Raid your Reading!

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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 school year.  Plus the encouragement for the children to Raid their Reading is fabulous, perfect excuse for another display.  Also left some room for children’s work!

Another super way to promote reading throughout the school.

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 in the 6-8 year old category and 4 in the 9-13 year old category.  Scholastic are offering lesson plans and activities to compliment each book and can be found here; http://shop.scholastic.co.uk/lollies  Book packs can also be purchased here. Voting closes on 10th June so get reading!

Picture Book shortlist

6-8 years shortlist

9-13 years shortlist

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!!

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 important area in curriculum focus.

My role was to firstly give an overview of our school library, at Sacred Heart, and how it has grown year and year; being central to the role of promoting reading for pleasure.  After lunch I covered the activities which have been central to the success.  This included the competitions, the book groups, library lunches, displays and generally the whole culture of book promotion throughout the school.

Although some people in the audience didn’t have the luxury of a dedicated school library space, they could see how the ideas could be adapted to suit their class.

Hopefully, the promotion of reading for pleasure will be a major consideration for the candidates who attended the course.

Love your Library

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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 to put on display are about books or libraries.

During the fortnight there are lots of activities and competitions for the children to be involved in; with lots of book prizes to be won! Great way to keep the library and books at the forefront of school life.

Science Fiction Genre

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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 are troubled when Mrs Whatsit arrives with surprising news and so the adventure begins.  The plot is essentially about the power of good over evil and how the choices we make have a consequence. But with the inclusion of an all powerful brain known as IT, who is holding their father prisoner, as well as taking over the universe, the children have a real force of evil to conquer.

I am eager to see the response from the children!

Great Sequel!

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Couldn’t wait to read this as I enjoyed the first book so much!

Mr Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, the sequel to Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library, is a real page turner.  There are lots of twists and turns in the plot which are all brought together at the end in a super finale.

The characters from the first book return as heroes from winning the first ‘Library Game’ but are threatened by children from other states in America who insist they could have won. A national competition ensues to find the finalists for the Library Olympics!

The finalists are brought together to battle it out in Mr Lemoncello’s amazing library, with many new games and puzzles to work out.  It’s not clear cut who the winners will be but it’s clear that team work and a love of books is the most important factor.

A fabulous addition to our school library, can’t wait to tell the children we have a sequel!