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Book of the Week: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

The Grimsdell Children’s Library Book of the Week has been selected by one of our new Junior Librarians, Mishka from 2AM. She recommends a book written by one of our most popular authors, Roald Dahl: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’

Mishka’s reason for her choice:

“I chose this book because it is such a great adventure and it is all about chocolate! Who doesn’t love chocolate?”

We hope you agree! This fiction book is available to borrow from our school library.

Mrs Harvey would also recommend incorporating chapter books into your child’s reading repertoire. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would be a chapter book to explore with your Year 2 child, to ensure good understanding of vocabulary and concepts covered.

Roald Dahl also has written some early chapter books like, The Magic Finger and picture books like,  The Enormous Crocodile,  that would be suitable for all Grimsdell children. Early chapter books are simple, short, illustrated fiction. They are written and designed to help newly independent readers build their reading stamina, strengthen their confidence in book selection and develop a sense of themselves as readers.

As a child transitions from a beginning reader who needs to sound out each word to a more advanced reader who is starting to decode faster and follow longer, more complicated stories, early chapter books often tend to become the reading material of choice when a child is around the ages of 7 or 8. These stories can be read independently but they should also be shared with an adult, so that your child is encouraged to think about the plot/character and to make predictions about what might occur in the following chapters. This helps to build a sense of anticipation.

Variety is key in establishing a lifelong reader and picture books still have a vital role to play in the development of Reception and Key Stage 1 readers. Research shows that picture books has a direct and positive impact on children’s literacy. Children who are given opportunities to read and respond to picture books throughout their primary years learn about sophisticated narrative structure, plot and character development in an accessible way. A focus on reading illustration helps to develop children’s deeper comprehension skills, allowing them additional opportunities to infer, deduce, think critically and empathise.

Children’s Author of the Week

This term, the Junior Librarians have been given the task of nominating a children’s author which they think would appeal to the entire Grimsdell community. It is a tricky task, choosing an author suitable for children aged 3-7. Nevertheless, Mishka and Kitan have made great choices

Kitan nominates the author and illustrator Mini Grey as he enjoyed exploring this author’s stories during his remote learning library sessions. Mini Grey’s stories are always thought provoking, often with a twist at the end …

Mishka has also chosen a female author and illustrator – the innovative Emily Gravett. She writes wonderful rhyming stories which really fire the imagination.

Happy Reading!

Mrs Harvey