At the start of this week, we bid a fond farewell to last term’s Junior Librarians, Maximillian, Anika, Chenxi, Huda, Freddie, Leia and Josh, thanking them for their excellent contribution to the management of the library. These librarians are now in semi-retirement, as they will still be called upon to assist with library duties as appropriate and as a support for younger children with regard to literary matters.
This week we welcome on board our new cohort of Junior Librarians: Lily, Lianne, Aurelio, Kitan, Mishka, Andreas, Tara and Lara. I am looking forward to working with our new librarians. Watch this space every week to discover their Book of the Week choices!
The Grimsdell Children’s Library Book of the Week has been chosen by one of our new Junior Librarians, Kitan from 2AM. He recommends: ‘My Monster and Me’ by Nadiya Hussain.
‘I chose this story because it shows you the importance of sharing your worries. I think lots of Grimsdell children will enjoy this book.’
We hope you agree! This fiction book is available to borrow from our school library.
Mrs Harvey would also recommend this book. Having suffered with a panic disorder herself, Nadiya Hussain (the winner of ‘The Great British Baking Show’), has written a heartfelt story to help give children and parents the tools they need to talk about worries and anxiety, to ensure that no child suffers in silence.
Everybody gets anxious sometimes – but if the anxiety grows so big that it impacts on a child’s ability to play or go out with friends, it needs addressing. This is a touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. The monster is there when he wakes up and gets dressed, when he wants to play with his toys and even when his friends come over to visit. How can he escape his worries?
It is only when the boy’s grandma persuades him to talk to her about it that he notices his monster is starting to shrink. Before long, the irritating monster is small enough to tuck away in his pocket. Now he is in charge, not the monster.
This is such an effective book for reminding us all that through anxiety issues (or anger issues or indeed other mental health challenges) may be a part of life, they do not define us, and with the right strategies they can be managed. The illustrations are big, bold endearing and every word of the well-chosen text is spot on.
Our author of the week is Madalena from 1NS who wrote a sequel to the story, ‘Solo’.
She has catalogued the book herself into our library collection. It is a really beautifully written and illustrated, interactive story which I know many of our Grimsdell children will enjoy. Uncover the almost life-size penguin inside the book!