Hello. I’m looking forward to meeting you and finding out which books you like. Reading holds so much importance at our school that we invite a different author to come and talk to us as often as possible! Here are some of the people who have visited the school:  Sarah Crossan, Matt Dickinson, Sue Cheung, Muhammad Khan, Nicky Singer, Simon Lelic and not forgetting Sita Brahmachari who was our Patron of Reading.  All the authors adore talking to the school about their writing and inspiration and they welcome interesting questions from you.

During Year 7 you can have a crack at getting on my LitQuiz team, last time we battled against other secondary schools and won the handsome trophy. Later you may want to get involved with working with our local primary schools, reading or creating a project around a chosen book. You might also get selected to be in the Carnegie Shadowers, reading and following the actual Carnegie Medal shortlist.

The school library is a welcoming room within our school and we ask students to respect the space. When you arrive, there will be inductions so you get to know the way the library works. It’s packed with books, magazines, factual books and we have a bank of Kindles. The library is constantly busy with small group lessons, clubs and reading sessions. You will have a chance to become a library volunteer to help with my many tasks.

Below are reading lists with some suggestions of books you might want to try. Please do give me ideas about books that you are interested in. You will find an ideas book in the library when you start here.

I would love to know what you think about the book that you have just read, so please do download the book review template and email or post it back to me at school. I’ll be giving 10 merit points for every book review I receive. Is this something you might want to do?

Please email your book reviews to me at [email protected] or you can print it out and drop it in to reception at lower school marked for my attention.

So switch off your mobile, curl up and read as often as you can. Reading takes you to wonderful worlds, and it also makes you smarter.

Remember, in the words of Hermione in the Harry Potter books, “When in doubt, go to the library.”

Best wishes,

Ms Appelquist

Lower School Librarian

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