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 buzz around the school for the whole day!  Children didn’t know quite whether to believe it or not.  So pleased with the enthusiasm from the year 6 children and the writing they produced when they completed a police incident report was fantastic.

We will now be introducing various science fiction text over the next few weeks; hopefully they’ll forgive me for the staged UFO landing!

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 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!


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!



Cumbria Library Service annual Primary School book awards, Spellbinding is about to begin.

The 10 books on this year’s short list have just been delivered to our school, along with the children’s reading passports and book cover stickers to collect.  There are books to suit boys and girls with most genres being covered.

As I normally join the children in reading the 10 books,  I’m really fortunate to have a head start!  I’ve already read and enjoyed 3 of the books on the shortlist; The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair, The Clockwork Sparrow and The 13 Storey Treehouse.  The children won’t be pleased though as they’re always trying to beat me!

This is our 4th year following the book awards and the children really enjoy it.  It really gives them the opportunity to read a range of texts, some of which they wouldn’t even entertain if they weren’t on the short list.

Hopefully we will see the same enthusiasm we saw last year with children coming to the library and asking if they could take part too!


New Term, New Competition!

Thought I’d have a focus on non-fiction books but the competition has to be accessible to both infant and junior children.  So I’ve decided on a ‘Where in the World’ competition.

The children collect a world map from the library which has the continents labelled.  They have to find an interesting or unusual fact about each continent.

My display shelves in the library, both fiction and non-fiction, support the competition theme.  Non-fiction books displayed include atlases, travel books, books about countries, animals from different countries etc. Whilst the fiction theme is stories from around the world.

The children have already been to the library asking what the next competition is, hopefully they won’t be disappointed!

Christmas library competition


Another competition which has proved really popular!

Have to choose two winners this week. I have already had over 70 entries all of which have been very different.  Begun to narrow them down and have a selection on the short list.  I’m sure I’ll get more entries this week so it’s not going to be easy.

The winner’s receive a box of goodies, including Christmas activity book, story books and some sweet treats. Each entrant receives a small prize bag!



Christmas Mystery


I first encountered this book about 10 years ago and have returned to it every Advent since then.

It is quite a complex story of a little girl called Elizabet who whilst shopping with her mum goes missing after following a lamb.  The little girl travels back in time 2000 years with many characters joining her along the way.  Eventually all are present at the stable in Bethlehem.

Meanwhile a boy buys a strange old Advent calendar from an old book shop and is intrigued when each day a special letter is revealed behind the door. Little by little the mystery of the disappearance of Elizabet is revealed.

It is definitely a story for more able readers who won’t be disappointed by the twists and turns they encounter as the story unfolds.

The copy with the silhouettes on the front was my first copy and is extremely beautiful inside as each page is adorned with silhouettes; a very special gift edition.

I have given this each year to more able readers in year 6 and each one of them has enjoyed it, even though some said they found it difficult to begin with, it was well worth persevering with.