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July 2021 Have fun this holiday with the Wild World Heroes Summer Reading Challenge at your local library!

October 2020 - The theme for National Poetry Day this year is "Vision" and this is the poem we have chosen for our library:

January 2020 - Here is our new library display! Thanks to @MisterBodd for creating these inspirational reading ideas based on age.

November 2019 - every term we are so grateful to the PTA for funding a new selection of books for the library. Here are our new books for this term including a beautiful non-fiction book about the origin of species and Charles Darwin:

October 2019 - We love this letter we recently received at the library. Chip - all is forgiven!

October 2019 - Welcome to our new team of Pupil Librarians for this coming year! You will soon be able to see book reviews by them of their favourite books/series/authors, on display in the library.

September 2019 - Celebrating National Poetry Day which is on Thursday October 3rd 2019


This year's theme for National Poetry Day is "TRUTH" and so we have chosen a poem by the children's poet, Liz Brownlee, which is about the young climate activist, Greta Thunberg.  Greta is an inspiration to all children as she shows how one young person can, and is, making a difference.


Greta Thunberg  by Liz Brownlee


When the whole world is deaf
by greed and by choice,
how do you change things
with only your voice?


It’s hard to be noticed,
harder to be heard
but she stood up and spoke,
could not be deterred.


What made them listen?
What cut through their lies?

Not the pollution
or the fast melting ice,


not the experts or science,
not hunger or flood,
not the extinctions
our hands red with blood,


it was her steady gaze,
on our planet, alight,
her desperate calm,
her demand, make it right,


it’s what we’ll recall
of her fight for our youth,
her luminous words
her courage, her








July 2019 - New books for the libray thanks to the PTA. This term we have focused on chapter books for new free readers.

June 2019 - we are very pleased to see that National Geographic for Kids no longer uses plastic to send out its magazines. This latest issue looks at ways we can try to be more environmentally friendly to help our planet. Lets hope other magazines follow their good example.

April 2019 - New books for the library

We now have a new section in the library called Speedy Reads! This is where you can choose a quick and interesting read.

World Book Day 7th March 2019 - With over half the school entering, judging the Book in a Jar competition was a challenge for Mr King, Mrs Collins, Mrs Shone and Mrs Wakefield (not to mention the pupil librarians who judged the adult entries).  Well done to everyone that participated. We were spoiled for choice with the amount of entries. The winners are now in and can be seen in Reception.  They are as follows:-

Years R, 1 and 2 Winner - Samuel Sharp: A Bear Called Paddington. Runners Up - Alyssa Terry: The Tiger Who Came to Tea; Felicity Pillar: The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Years 3 and 4 Winner - Ava Leckie: Five Children and It; Runners Up - Freya Ballard: Elmer; Emmie Quarrie: Harry the Poisonous Centipede

Years 5 and 6 Winner - Arabella Darby: Five go to Kirrin Island; Runners Up - David Owen-Farmer: The Hobbit; Holly-Rose Parsons: Wonder

Adult entries Winner - Mrs Wakefield: Horton Hears a Who; Runner Up - Mrs Hill: The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe

March 2019 - Its World Book Day and we have received lots of fantastic entries for our Book in a Jar competition!

February 2019 - Examples of books in jars for our World Book Day "Book in a Jar" competition. Look out for the letter in your bookbag for instructions on how to enter.

January 2019 - Book Swap - this was a huge success so thank you very much to all those who came and swapped books, despite the pouring rain!

We are so thrilled to have our first birthday book, given to the library from our wish list, by Tom Hanley. Thank you so much and Happy Birthday to Tom!

New Books for the Library Autumn 2018

Check out our new display "Read Around the World".

National Poetry Day 4th October 2018

This year the theme for National Poetry is CHANGE


We have chosen a poem which reflects the changing of the seasons.  We have also put up poems in the library which are about other kinds of change, like metamorphosis and how we are changing our environment.


The Garden Poem by Sara Coleridge



January brings the snow,

makes our feet and fingers glow.


February brings the rain,

Thaws the frozen lake again.


March brings breezes loud and shrill,

stirs the dancing daffodil.


April brings the primrose sweet,

Scatters daises at our feet.


May brings flocks of pretty lambs,

Skipping by their fleecy damns.


June brings tulips, lilies, roses,

Fills the children's hand with posies.



Hot July brings cooling showers,

Apricots and gillyflowers.


August brings the sheaves of corn,

Then the harvest home is borne.


Warm September brings the fruit,

Sportsmen then begin to shoot.


Fresh October brings the pheasants,

Then to gather nuts is pleasant.


Dull November brings the blast,

Then the leaves are whirling fast.


Chill December brings the sleet,

Blazing fire, and Christmas treat.

Introducing our Pupil Librarians for 2018!

September 2018 News

We are so pleased to have raised £440 for the Read for Good challenge which the whole school took part in at the end of last term.  This means that we have helped to bring new books and stories into hospital for sick children to enjoy while they are receiving treatment.  It also means that we have raised £88 in Scholastic book vouchers for buying new books for the library.  Well done everyone!

Read For Good - Final News

Read for Good - Week 3

This is the last week of our Read for Good Sponsorship Challenge - don't forget to bring your sponsorship forms and sponsorship money to Mrs Pritchard at the beginning of next week!

Read for Good - Week 2


June News


For the next couple of weeks we are running a "Read for Good" reading challenge to help raise money for children in hospitals and to get vouchers for new books for the library.  Our Senior Pupil Librarian, Holly-Rose and Reader Leader, George, will be keeping us up to date on this page with what is happening.  Here is the blog for Week 1:-





May News

Favourite Children’s Authors and Illustrators 2018


Earlier this year Scholastic ran a poll to see who our favourite Children's Authors and Illustrators are.


Nearly 1000 voters, including teachers, parents and book-lovers from everywhere, took part in this poll. The top five for each age group are listed below – so read on to see if your favourites made the list!


Books for ages 3–7

1. Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler (78% of the votes for this age range)
2. Eric Carle
3. Allan Ahlberg
4. Judith Kerr
5. Nick Sharratt


Books for ages 7-9

1. Roald Dahl (75% of the votes for this age range)
2. Michael Morpurgo
3. Enid Blyton
4. Jacqueline Wilson
5. Dick King-Smith


Books for ages 9-11

1. David Walliams (64% of the votes for this age range)
2. Terry Pratchett
3. Chris Riddell
4. Jeff Kinney
5. Rick Riordan


Books for 11+

1. J.K. Rowling (38%of the votes for this age range)
2. J.R.R. Tolkien
3. Philip Pullman
4. Anthony Horowitz
5. Louis Sachar


World Book Day 2018!

16th November 2017 - library book swap coming up next week!

28th September - National Poetry Day!

"Freedom" can be interpreted in many ways.  We have chosen this beautiful poem by A A Milne which is all about the freedom to go anywhere by using your imagination:-


The Island, by A.A. Milne

If I had a ship,
I'd sail my ship
I'd sail my ship
ough Eastern seas;
wn to a beach where the slow waves thunder -
The gr
een curls over and the white falls under -
om! Boom! Boom!
On the sun-br
ight sand.
Then I'd leav
e my ship and I'd land,
And climb the steep w
hite sand,
And climb to
the trees
The six dar
k trees,
The co
co-nut trees on the cliff's green crown -
Hands and knees
the coco-nut trees,
Face to
the cliff as the stones patter down,
Up, up, up, stagger
ing, stumbling,
und the corner where the rock is crumbling,
und this shoulder,
Over this boulder,
Up to the top where the six trees stand....

And ther
e I would rest, and lie,
My chin in my hands, and gaze
At the dazzle o
f the sand below,
And the green waves curling slow
And the grey-blue distant haze
e the sea goes up to the sky....

And I'd say to
myself as I looked so lazily down at the sea:
e's nobody else in the world, and the world was made for me."


June 2017 New books for the library

Earlier this year our pupil librarians wrote to the PTA asking for funds for new books for the library, which they would be able to have a say in  choosing. The PTA generously agreed and here are the first books to be bought as a result of that funding.  For guidance the pupil librarians used the WRD magazine (a School Library Service approved magazine for children which reviews new books and authors), the latest award winning books, book information websites, and obviously, their own knowledge about what their friends are reading, or would like to read.  The result is a brilliant mix of brand new titles for all ages, some sequels to favourite series and even some rediscovered classics such as Ballet Shoes. 

Lauren Child

Lauren Child becomes the 10th Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2017-2019


The bestselling and award winning author and illustrator Lauren Child will take over from Chris Riddell.

Lauren Child has written many children’s books including the popular Charlie & Lola series and will take up the post for two years.

Reflecting on her role over the next couple of years, Lauren Child said ‘I want to inspire children to believe in their own creative potential, to make their own stories and drawings and ignite in them the delight of reading for pleasure’.

Lauren received a specially commissioned  Children’s Laureate medal from outgoing Laureate Chris Riddell.


With the money we raised from our book sale and raffle we were able to buy these books chosen by each class for the library.

Story time for Class 1 in the library with Mrs Shone

World Book Day, which is on the 2nd March this year, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary! 
Here are the books you can buy for just £1.00:-

1 Choose a book, spark your imagination
When you pick up a book, a brand new world awaits. World Book Day inspires creativity, so get stuck in!

2 Bring your favourite books to life
Read, write, draw, dress-up – there’s loads you can do to make the stories you love even more fun

3 Meet your local bookseller
They love books too – and can tell you ALL the best ones to enjoy

4 Discover brilliant authors and illustrators
There are so many out there, we’ll help you find your new favourites!

5 Raise lots of money
Not only will you have so much fun, you’ll also raise money for charity!

Don’t miss out, get involved and get your head in a book! Happy World Book Day . . .

22nd November 2016

Here are all the lovely new books we were able to buy with our Readathon Reward Voucher for the library. Thank you once again to everyone who took part!

New "If you liked the film - you'll love the book" display

We have a lovely new display in our library showing books (all of which are available in the library)

which have become popular films. We hope the children will check out the display and be inspired to read the books which have been adapted into some of their favourite films!

New Pupil Librarian Job Applications for Autumn 2016

Tuesday 20th September 2016.

Last week we handed out the job application form below for the role of Pupil Librarian to Years 4, 5 and 6.  All the pupils enjoyed using the form as a life skill practice and we have now received 15 applications to consider for interview, out of which 4 will be selected.  Good luck everyone!

Wherwell Staff Favourite Books

The Queen's 90th Birthday Display

With the aim of inspiring and informing the children about our Majesty's 90th birthday, the library has got a new display to mark and celebrate this occasion. Enjoy!

New wall display - Brilliant Beginnings and Excellent Endings June 2015

Rainbow Reading Challenge Explained

The aim is to read one book from each of the seven categories below:-­



Myths and Legends

Stepping into Someone’s Shoes



Magic & Mystery


Each category has a different colour sticker.  The children collect 7 stickers on their cloud which sits with the others around the library rainbow.  Once they have completed the challenge,  the child keeps their cloud and gets a certificate.  They can complete the challenge as many times as they like.