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Grimsdell Books of the Week!

Once again, we have two recommended Books of the Week from our new Year 2 Junior Librarians, Madalena and Dean, both from class 2AM. They have both chosen two very different types of books.

Firstly, Madalena has chosen a book from the Year 2 Reading Road Map programme – In Every House, On Every Street by Jess Hitchman.

Madalena’s reason for her choice:

“I chose this book because I liked seeing all the different families and how the rooms were used for variety of functions.”

This fiction book is available to borrow from our school library. We hope you also enjoy this celebration of the diverse landscape of home life and families. Jess Hitchman is a new author to our library and the librarians will be looking out for other books that she has written.

In Every House, On Every Street is a beautiful rhyming picture book that takes you on a journey. The words flow, the illustrations are colourful and add to the magic of the book. The reader experiences each part of a house through the eyes of a child and the richness of what he lives with the family in it. This is a great inclusive book in celebration of different houses and families, telling the story of a family and what they get up in their day to day life, in each different toom. Full of warmth, this is a lovely demonstration of what makes a house a home …

The literary merits of this book are evident. You may recall last week that I explained the importance of rhyme in literacy development – rhyme is a hugely important element of early literacy development. The practice of rhyming is enjoyable and provides an engaging and memorable reading experience. It also aids the teaching of early literacy skills like phonemic awareness and fluency development. When children learn
to rhyme, it helps them develop the ability to break words down into smaller parts like puzzle pieces and string them together, like sleeve and breathe. Through exposure to rhyme in books, children learn to
segment words into phonemes, improving their decoding and comprehension abilities.

Our second book of the week, selected by Dean, is Paddington by Michael Bond.

Dean’s reason for his choice:

Paddington is one of my favourite films. After seeing the movie, I read the book and the book is even BETTER than the film!”

Our Grimsdell Library hosts a wide variety of Paddington stories – Paddington is a firm favourite with the Grimsdell community. This modern classic is treasured story by many children – over 60 years ago, a small bear from “darkest Peru” set out on an adventure of a lifetime. Carrying a battered suitcase containing several jars of marmalade and wearing tag around his neck that read ‘Please look after this bear’, he stowed away on a ship and landed in London’s Paddington Station. Found by the Brown family and welcomed into
their home, he has been welcomed into the hearts of millions of readers. Since 1958, Paddington has charmed readers worldwide with his humorous misadventures!

Paddington forms part of our current library display – we are highlighting books which have been made into feature films and television series. There are old favourites (like Mary Poppins) – classics which have stood the test of time and remain family favourites for each new generation, as well as newly and shortly to be released movies (such at Peter Rabbit). Like Dean, we have concluded that the films are often good – but there’s nothing like reading the book first!

Ever since the first book was adapted into a movie (Cinderella in 1899, if you’re wondering), there has been much discussion about which is better – the book or the movie? Each version has its own merits, which is probably why the debate has never been laid to rest, but to me there is a clear winner. As an avid book reader (and librarian!) I will always side with the book – no matter how good the movie that follows may or
may not be.

Here are the reasons why:

  • Books allow you to know what the characters are actually thinking
  • Books allow you to get to know the characters better
  • Books don’t have to fit everything into a two-hour time frame required by a film
  • Books allow you to experience the story at your own pace
  • Books leave more to the imagination
  • Books are more detailed
  • Books allow you to experience the story as the author intended
  • Books can stay with you forever …

Book Week!

Last week we had a fabulous time with our annual celebration of Book Week! From rapid reading runs to author visits, Book Fairs and dance workshops, we embraced the world of books. The culmination of the
week was our much anticipated World Book Day Parade and the outfits which parents helped to carefully curate did not disappoint! Thank you for all your support in making Book Week the best ever yet!

This short video (compiled by Miss Gale) gives you a wonderful flavour of the week’s events.


Happy Reading!
Mrs Harvey