Welcome to part two of our posts about our celebrations for World Book Day 2014. We took our lead from the World Book Day 2014 website and decided to create our own ‘Writes of Passage’ noticeboard. We had a banner made for each of our school libraries and placed them close to, or at the top of, a noticeboard. We then invited as many people as possible to complete blank postcards with details of books which had meant a lot to them as they were reading them. We had a terrific response! Many were colourful and some contained entire illustrations. Many congratulations and thanks to all who participated!
We were delighted that so many people participated – we received 322 cards and the majority of books shared were shared by only one person, and amongst them, there were only a few adults represented, thus providing an overwhelming impression that our children are reading and reading so diversely! The children also voted outstandingly in favour of print editions over electronic versions of books. Hooray! Our top ten books, (including series) are as follows:
1. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
2. The Fault in Our Stars John Green
3. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
4. Harry Potter series J K Rowling
5. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne
6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Mark Haddon
7. The Book Thief Markus Zusak
8. The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared Jonas Jonasson
9. The Inheritance Cycle Christopher Paolini
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky
Interesting that our top four also rank in the top four on the World Book Day 2014 list!
We asked all members of staff to tell us what they had been reading during their summer holidays and received some really interesting replies. Here are Dr Hundal’s choices:
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
Dr Hundal says of this book: “An enjoyable account of a father taking solace in cricket as a means of escaping his personal woes (failing marriage and his tedious job in finance). The book is set in New York and explores, amongst other things, the main character’s attraction to the world of immigrant cricket and the dreams of one man. Lots of memorable moments as the central character drifts through life without any clear goals – if only life could be that simple…”
The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
Dr Hundal’s thoughts are: “Well it is me (!) – an accessible book detailing the evidence for evolution. Worth a read, if this is your first book on the subject.”
Nielsen BookData Online adds:”The Greatest Show on Earth” comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is now flourishing as never before, especially in America. In Britain and elsewhere in the world, teachers witness insidious attempts to undermine the status of science in their classrooms. Richard Dawkins provides unequivocal evidence that boldly and comprehensively rebuts such nonsense. At the same time he shares with us his palpable love of the natural world and the essential role that science plays in its interpretation. Written with elegance, wit and passion, it is hard-hitting, absorbing and totally convincing.” Open your minds!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This book needs so little introduction, so concur with Dr Hundal’s view or not (please let us know what you think):
“It was great to go back and re-read this – got aught up a bit in the hype of its 50th year of publication. I was amazed at how much more I got out of it second time round – the tensions surrounding Scout and the expectations to conform to a Southern notion of womanhood, the ‘reverence’ of calling their father Atticus rather than Dad, the polarisation of the community between justice and racism. For me, this book has stood the test of time.”
What do you think? Why do you think that this book has appeared so often on the American Library Association’s list of banned books? The banning of it is still sought in American schools…