October 11, 2015
Here in the school library we are big fans of Poetry, it even has its own dedicated space. So it only seemed right to celebrate National Poetry Day by sharing some poems with the children during their library visits.
To get the children in the spirit of the day I went into the classroom and recited my own (very awful) poem, which went like this:
Roses are Red
The Sky is Grey
Do you know what day it is?
It’s National Poetry day!
I’m not sure the children were very impressed but I decided to introduce them to other poetry.
I shared ‘Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat’ by T.S. Eliot which is a famous poem that has been turned into a Picture Book to make it accessible to younger children and features glorious illustrations by Arthur Robins. It tells the tale of a cat who work on the night mail train and foils a gang of robber rats from committing a great crime.
The rhythm of this poem moves along at a steady pace reminding me of the train going along the line, which makes it perfect for reading aloud. Having shared it with our year 1 and 2 children it was definitely able to capture their imagination and kept them engaged despite having quite complex language.
Hopefully we have helped encourage the children to develop a love of reading poetry as there is so many fantastic books available in the school library.
October 6, 2015
Our new Year R classes Pelicans, Penguins and Puffins came to the library for storytime last Thursday, it was so lovely to see them all totally engaged listening to the story.
I shared ‘Homer the Library Cat’ by Reeve Lindbergh with illustrations by Anne Wilsdorf. It tells the tale of a cat called Homer who lives in a quiet house with a quiet lady, who wants nothing better than peace and quiet. But one day he escapes out of the window and spends the day trying to find somewhere to sleep but keeps getting disturbed by all sorts of noise wherever he goes.
The children had great fun trying to guess what would happen to disturb Homer’s peace next, from clanging fire engines to tooting trains. At the end of the story Homer finds his quiet lady in a building reading stories to children and decides that the library is the place for him.
We then showed the children all the different areas of the library and they were all able to choose a library book to take home with them. They all got to scan their own books and tickets, which they found very exciting trying to get the scanner to beep!
The children will be visiting the library every Thursday and they will need to bring their books in with them in order to choose another book. Each week we will be having a Storytime based around current topics, seasons or special events such as Bonfire Night or Christmas.