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!
Continuing with our theme, more of our colleagues reported their successes back to us:
Mrs Pickles, teaching Food Technology, sent me this message:
“I shared Northern Lights with my Year 7 food group as this is a memorable book for me and we shared lots of ideas about “daemons” and “dust”! We went on to make parsley dust whilst making our Couscous salad. Ailis wanted me to carry on reading it as we obviously only achieved the first paragraphs.” I am so impressed that Mrs Pickles was able to take ideas from Philip Pullman‘s novel into the kitchen, sounds like a fun lesson!
Mr Atkinson, a Religious Studies teacher told us this:
” I told the boys that Harry Potter got me into reading, gave them a book token and suggested they give a new book a try especially if they are not into reading as it may spark something. I then suggested that they could read one Harry Potter book a year in order to grow up with the characters…” Here’s hoping that gets them started.
Our final entry for part 2 comes from Mrs Inchenko, who works in the Old Berkhamstedians’ Office:
“I have just started reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – the fictional story of the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley. The book is written in the form of a Hadley’s memoir. So far I am only at the stage where they are beginning to fall in love, still living in Chicago – yet to move to Paris. I am looking forward to ‘reaching Paris’ when the Author describes Paris in the 1920s, with characters such as Gertrude Stein, F Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce.
On the theme of Paris, I have just read Pure by Andrew Miller. A wonderful book, which describes the destruction of ‘Les Innocents’ cemetery in Paris during 1785, through the words of the Engineer who is put in charge of the project. The author brilliantly describes the atmosphere in Paris at that time. The characters are well formed and I felt a strong connection to them. I haven’t read any other books by Andrew Miller, but I will certainly be on the look out for them now.”
It’s so good to receive such recommendations from people we work with, and opens up more avenues for us – I am keen to read all of the books listed here!