One of the best things about being part of our team is that we get to visit so many lovely school libraries across the county and in turn meet enthusiastic staff with a real passion for reading. Last week, we mentioned the makeover Loddon Junior School had given their library- we still can’t get over what a lovely idea it is to transform the space every year based on a pupil’s suggestion!
More recently we visited a school in the west of the county, Greyfriars Primary in King’s Lynn and were similarly impressed with the displays adorning the walls of their library. The two below caught my eye- both themed displays on the work of David Walliams and Daniel Postgate respectively, they’re brilliant examples of how to get pupils to respond to the books they’re reading creatively and what better place to show this off than in the library?
We’re forever finding ourselves impressed by school displays- maybe Norfolk has some particularly creative school staff!
Now: onto what we’re reading Wednesday!
Apryl: Two books arrived on my desk this week which I couldn’t be more overjoyed to see- Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo and Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell. I’ve been anticipating both of these and am really looking forward to starting them in the hope that they will lift me out of my junior book slump (I’ve been reading far too much grown up fiction lately)!
Gail: I’ve nearly finished The Ice Thief by Susan Gates, a simple adventure story based on traditional tales, perfect for year 3!
Harriet: Smart by Kim Slater is a sad but ultimately heart warming story narrated in the first person by a young man who has special needs, though we don’t learn exactly what they are. It is a murder mystery set in Nottingham along the River Trent, and the river and the area where he lives play an important part in the novel. The author also takes us into a homeless hostel which is interesting and thought-provoking. Kieran is extremely observant, and notes small details, which of course help him in his self-imposed role as detective. Unfortunately his mother has a violent partner who treats her and young Kieran, and the dog, with brutal cruelty, and the terrific tensions of home life are brought out vividly and forcefully. However all ends happily with both crime solved and our hero regaining love and security.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems is a hoot, with surreal elements which add to the fun. It is of course a version of the well-known fairy tale, illustrated in Willems’ characteristic (Pigeon On the Bus etc) muted, unfussy cartoon-y style. Even the end-papers contain a joke, and it should read aloud well.
Mandy: We’re Going to Build a Dam by Gillian McClure
We are very happy to announce a new partnership with this Author, who is booked for some school visits next term. This is a charming Picture Book about the joys of “messing about” on the beach, two children using their imagination and learning a lot about structures and construction along the way- finding the right stream, collecting the right materials, success…and inevitable ultimate failure as the power of the water overwhelms the Dam. Good old-fashioned play!
Our previous wednesday reads can be found here.