Encouraging, nurturing, and supporting a love of books and reading for pleasure can increase empathy, reduce the symptoms of depression, improve relationships with others and improve wellbeing throughout life.
We are trying to ensure that our school library reflects the world that we live in today, celebrating its diversity and inclusivity for all our students and offering options to our most reluctant readers. We are striving to enhance our fiction, non-fiction, graphic novel and audio book options and cover as many genres as we possibly can.
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The young reader industry has responded to the financial challenges of the pandemic in incredibly generous ways.
We have been working with A New Chapter Books and have a Wish List on their website to allow advocates of reading to buy and donate books to us. We have received books via donors, Crowdfunding initiatives, promotions and directly from authors. Our school community feels blessed to be one of the many beneficiaries. The slide show above details a small selection of the books that we have received in recent weeks.
“Over the last two decades, there has been a deepening recognition of the fundamental importance of improving reading standards on a child’s future academic achievement, wellbeing and success in life.” Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, The Reading Framework from the Department for Education, July 2021.