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December 8, 2015
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Peters Book of the Year 2016

This year at the library we applied to shadow the Peters Book of the Year Awards in 2016. I was delighted when the school was chosen to participate in the Junior Fiction category. The school has been sent copies of all the nominated books in the category and we are inviting our Year 5 and 6 children to participate. In  order to take part they must read as many of the titles before March 11th when they get to vote for their favourite title. Below is this years shortlist:

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How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury – Cressida Cowell

The Cake, the Wolf and the Witch – Maudie Smith

My Brother is a Superhero – David Solomons

Not As  We Know It – Tom Avery

Return to the Secret Garden – Holly Webb

Demolition Dad – Phil Earle

How To Fly With Broken Wings – Jane Elson

Hamish and the Worldstoppers – Danny Wallace

The Marvels – Brian Selznick

The Pirates of Pangaea – Dan Hartwell & Neil Cameron

If your child wishes to take part in the awards they can speak to Mrs Clarke to join the Shadowing Group before the end of term next week.

December 8, 2015
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Year 4 Book Group – Pugs of the Frozen North


Here in the library we have recently started a book group with some of our Year 4 children. The first book that we are reading together is the Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntrye. I chose this book for the children to share because not only does it have a fantastic storyline it is sublimely illustrated which helps to engage the children with the book. It tells the tale of Sika and Shen who are on a mission to reach the Frozen North to reach the Snowfather and have their true heart’s desire granted. Instead of having huskies pull their sledge they have 66 pugs which causes much hilarity for the children. To find out more you can read a review here:

In our sessions so far as well as sharing the story we have been doing activities based around the book. From drawing pugs to thinking about what wish we would choose to have granted if we won the race and got the opportunity to meet the snowfather. We also share ‘Jampires’ a picture book by Sarah McIntyre and David O’ Connell so that the children could learn more about Sarah’s other work.


We then tweeted a picture of the fantastic pug drawings that the children had drawn and got a lovely response from Sarah McIntyre. There are lots more fun activities and sessions planned for our book group after the Christmas holidays.