Hello, I am so sorry about not writing on here in such a long time but my work/life balance has been anything but balanced and I haven’t found a moment to sit down and write. So tonight, after a KFC tea (the diet can start on Monday!) and somehow getting all my marking done at school I have found it is 8pm and I am ready for school tomorrow so I can sit and attempt a blog!
I am Literacy lead at my school and one of the highlights since taking on this role is seeing the excitement of our year 5 pupils as they selected their first of three book through our partnership with the Literacy Trust. Tomorrow afternoon they will finally get their (hopefully too grubby) hands on their chosen books. I have been asked daily for the past month when they were getting their book and seeing the excitement for reading has warmed my heart. To make tomorrow a bit more special I will be providing the children with some sweet treats and a milkshake to slurp on while getting stuck into their new book.
For as long as I can remember I have loved books – my childhood was filled with books and I see myself begging my mum for ‘Just 5 more minutes’ to reach the end of my book or chapter before I turned my light off. I was lucky, my mum loved reading and this rubbed off on me. Each night she dedicated time before bed to read, often ending with her nodding off! One of my granddad’s fondest memories of me is when I was about 2, sitting on his lap and reading him a book. His favourite part of the story is that I had the book upside down but knew the story so well it didn’t stop me.
I sometimes feel in school that the children have lost that excitement for reading. The magic of opening a book and being transported off to anywhere, meeting the most weird and wonderful characters and going on the most amazing adventures without having to leave the house.
Half terms are what I live for, not only because I get to try and get ahead for the new term and catch up on some much needed sleep but because I get to read. I have a pile of ‘to read’ books that are begging to be read but don’t get a look in whilst I am teaching.
On Facebook a couple of weeks ago a good friend of mine put a status asking what everyone’s favourite books were. .. it got me thinking about what are my favourite books – the ones that I really love and have read over and over again. This proved to be difficult as I am so indecisive and felt bad about leaving books out (they have feelings you know!) So I have managed to compiled 2 lists – my favourite books as an adult and my favourite children’s books to share with the children or to teach from.
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – JK Rowling
- The Handmaid Tale – Margaret Atwood
- Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
- Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
- The Curious Incident of the dog in the nighttime – Mark Haddon
- 1984 – George Orwell
- The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
- The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
- The Princess and the White Bear King – Tanya Robyn-Batt
- The Pebble in my Pocket – Meredith Hooper
- The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt
- Five minutes Peace – Jill Murphy
- Charlotte’s Web – E.E. White
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
- The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgeson Burnett
- Aesop’s Fables
- My Naughty Little Sister – Shirley Hughes
- Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae
Has anyone read these? What are your favourite books? I am always on the look out for awesome books… might need a trip to Ikea during half term to get another bookshelf!
Thanks for reading…