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Charity and Kindness for Anti-Bullying Week


To accompany anti-bullying week, one of our Year Four pupil librarians has designed a library display based on charities, friendship and acts of kindness. She also ran a competition to see how many good deeds the pupils of Stechford could do! Books from this display include...

  • Help The Aged
  • Room For A Stranger
  • Friends of The Earth
  • Jazz and the Angels
  • Save the Children

For parents who would like to read a book about generosity and kindness, Miss Lovell recommends Christ Stopped At Eboli by Carlo Levi.

War Stories for Armistice Day


Another pupil-led display from one of our Year Four pupil librarians. He's chosen to showcase our war stories for Remembrance Day including...

  • War Horse
  • Grandma's War
  • Famous Leaders of World War II
  • Private Peaceful
  • The Frightful First World War
  • Terribly True War Stories

For parents who would like to read a book a book set in wartime, Miss Lovell recommends Codename Verity, by Elizabeth Wein


Poetry Books for National Poetry Day


To complement National Poetry Day, one of our Year Four Pupil Librarians has designed a display full of poetry books he has selected, including...

  • Dirty Beasts
  • Songs and Verse
  • Sea Poetry
  • Red Sky At Night
  • A Packet of Poems
  • Are We Nearly There Yet?
  • The Owl and the Pussycat

For parents who would like to read a book of poems, Miss Lovell recommends Voices Off by U A Fanthorpe.

Tudors and Stuarts


As part of working for their Silver Librarian Certificate, our Year Four pupil librarians have been working on Project Management skills. This involves coming up with ideas for new displays, selecting appropriate books and creating a design brief for the display.

Our first pupil-led display this year is about Tudors and Stewarts with books including...

  • Gunpowder Guy
  • World's Worst Germs
  • The Great Fire of London
  • The Slimy Stuarts
  • Plague
  • Avoid Being A Tudor Actor in Shakespeare's Theatre!
  • The Terrible Tudors

For parents who would like to read a book about this era, Miss Lovell recommends Shakespeare by Bill Bryson.


Summer Sports for the 2016 Olympics


To go alongside school sports day and the upcoming Summer Olympics, we've got a display full of wonderful books about sport, including...

  • Mascot Madness
  • Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?
  • Rowdy Rugby
  • Queen of the Pool
  • The Boy With The Lighning Feet
  • The Deep End
  • Great Olympic Moments
  • The World Cup Heist
  • The Making of a World Class Sprinter

For parents who would like to read a book about sport, Miss Lovell recommends Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby.

Fantasy and Chivalry for St George's Day


For St George's Day, the library is showcasing stories about knights and dragons, including...

  • Knightmare
  • The Disastrous Little Dragon
  • The Hobbit
  • Hector and the Big Bad Knight
  • The Snow Dragon
  • Free Lance
  • Knight's Castle
  • How To Train Your Dragon
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

For parents who would like to read about dragons themselves, Miss Lovell recommends Guards Guards by Terry Pratchett.


Animal Stories


We're ringing in the new year with a selection of great books about animals, including...

  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • Charlotte's Web
  • The Wind In The Willows
  • I Was A Rat!
  • How To Hide A Lion From Grandma
  • Super Safari
  • Toad Rage
  • The Incredible Journey
  • Running Wild
  • The Selfish Crocodile

For parents who would like to read a book with animals in, Miss Lovell recommends Life of Pi by Yann Martell.

Wintry Reads for the Christmas Holidays


We're readying ourselves for the holidays now with a Winter Wonderland themed selection full of books about Christmas, Winter and New Year.

Our titles include...

  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  • The Coldest Day In The Zoo
  • The Santa Scam
  • Snowboarding Diary
  • When Santa Fell To Earth
  • The Snow Merchant
  • White Fang
  • Frog In Winter
  • The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe
  • The Snowman
  • Shackleton's Journey

For parents who would like a cold and wintry book to enjoy, Miss Lovell recommends The Worst Journey In The World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard.

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Fun Facts for National Non-Fiction Month


November is National Non-Fiction Month and we're celebrating by encouraging Stechford Pupils to borrow from our non-fiction selection over the next two weeks.

Did you know there are books in our school library that can teach you how to...

  • Build a robot
  • Look after a pet
  • Bake a cake
  • Fly a kite
  • Do magic tricks
  • Play a musical instrument
  • Sew and knit
  • Improve your memory
  • Make a wormery
  • Use a map

We're also taking the opportunity to showcase some of our great non-fiction series, including Fact Attack, Questions Kids Ask and Horrible Histories.

For parents who would like to read some interesting non-fiction aimed at adult readers, Miss Lovell recommends Stasiland by Anna Funder.

War Stories for Remembrance Day 2015


To accompany our Remembrance Day events at the War Memorial opposite the school, we're commemorating the end of the First World War by reading a selection of war stories from our school library, including...

  • The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
  • The Children Of The King
  • Stay Where You Are And Then Leave
  • War Horse
  • Final Victory
  • Toro! Toro!
  • Little Manfred
  • King Of The Cloud Forests
  • Biggles And The Rescue Flight
  • Secret Assault
  • Make Do And Mend

For parents who would like to read a war story aimed at adult readers, Miss Lovell recommends The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

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Scary Stories for Halloween 2015


Halloween is upon us and Stechford pupils have been challenged to read something that scares them!

For smaller children we've got picture books like Funnybones, The Wolves In The Walls, Beware! Beware! and The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid Of Anything.

For older children we've got books like Coraline, Night Of The Living Dummy, Stay Out Of The Basement and The Graveyard Book.

And from our non-fiction section we've got books about spiders, sharks, bears, earthquakes and volcanos!

For parents wanting to join in with a scary read of their own, Miss Lovell recommends The Girl With All The Gifts by M R Carey.

Poet-Tree Challenge for National Poetry Day 2015


To celebrate National Poetry Day 2015, we've been showcasing some of the great selection of poems from Stechford Primary School library.

For younger children there are picture books containing a single illustrated poem, such as The Owl And The Pussycat or The Pied Piper Of Hamelin and collections of verse from writers like Michael Rosen and Roald Dahl. For older pupils we have collections of poems by writers like Allan Ahlberg, Ted Hughes and Colin McNaughton as well as themed poetry collections on the subjects like time, school, travel, food and outer space!

If you are a parent who would like to join in the fun, Miss Lovell recommends the poem Just In Case by Belinda Coaten for adult readers.

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