Another part of our #worldbookday adventures included DEAR : Drop Everything And Read. This initiative involved our teachers spending a few minutes at the beginning or end of lessons talking to their classes about reading and literature, and specifically their own favourites, whether from their childhood or adult days. We have had some lovely feedback, which I give below:
I chatted with my Year 9 boys and girls about their favourite books – both current and from childhood. [They shared] lots of lovely memories of family members reading certain stories to them, hence why they have remained with them as firm favourites. I brought in The tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr as I remember it being read to me as a child and I now read it to my boys. I took my eldest to see a theatre production of it in London last summer and he was engrossed! It was his first experience of the theatre and to have a favourite story re-told on stage was lovely to watch.
Mrs M Murray
I have to tell you that I had a letter back from a famous author! Andrew Martin wrote back to me this week after I had sent him a letter saying how much I enjoyed his book Belles and whistles. I have suggested to the children that they could write fan letters to their favourite authors…
I did try to convince my Year 10 boys of the wonders of Bernard Cornwell‘s historical novels, especially The last kingdom series (as televised by the BBC!). I tried to sell them on the idea that it was like Game of thrones, only based a little more closely on the real world. They didn’t seem particularly impressed, but at least I gave it a go!! I happen to know of a year 8 boy who is working his way through these and loving them! (librarian)
I certainly did advertise one of my favourites (A town like Alice – Nevil Shute) to all classes, selling it as one of the books with an excellent strong female lead! I had the book cover and a synopsis on the board and told them I first read it when I was in Year 8 so it could appeal to them. Lots of them took phones out and photographed the board so hopefully it might catch on! For Year 13 French students, I recommended Paris by Edward Rutherfurd as a great fiction/history mixture charting the history of Paris from 0AD to present day with historical accuracy but through fictional characters. He has also written similar tomes on New York, London and so forth. It was lovely to be able to talk about books together and prompted some good discussions in French and Spanish about favourite books and why.
I send many thanks to my teaching colleagues for these reports – and will try to chase up a few more…