We have some wonderful resources in the Library and there are frequent events, visits by authors and illustrators, and book fairs so that everybody should have a wide choice of reading and research material.
Use the resources carefully, and ask Mrs Johnston if you need help.
Reading for Pleasure
Information books – discover new worlds through reading
Why is reading non-fiction important?
The importance of encouraging young readers to explore and experience the real world through reading is increasingly becoming recognised as a means by which children become engaged with learning. There are wonderful information books which help children develop new interests and increase their vocabulary and general knowledge. By extending the breadth of their reading experience, young readers become more confident both in their academic work and in their daily lives.
Ideas and events where children can follow their curiosity through reading non-fiction:
- The Federation of Children’s Book Groups hold special events each year during November.
- The School Library Association award an annual prize for an outstanding information book with the aim both of supporting school libraries and showcasing the high standard of information books available for young people.
Manor Lodge take part in voting for the Information Book Award each year. Information about the current shortlist and past winners can be found on the School Library Association website.
Special Events and Activities
Author Christopher Lloyd visited the school and was interviewed by our Reading Club members. Read their report here: Christopher Lloyd Interview.
Monster Book Club
Monster Avengers, the book which the Manor Lodge Monster Book Club helped to produce, is now published and is available as both an e-book and paperback from Amazon.
Book Events for Children
The Book Events for Children website aims to provide a reference point for all children’s book events around the country, whether they are live author events, exhibitions, storytelling sessions or theatre productions.
Upcoming Events at St Albans Museum
St Albans museum hosts Sunday Stories throughout the year, run jointly with the St Albans Children’s Book Group, of which the school is a member. Please see the dates below or visit the St Albans Museum website.
One suggestion for large quantities of children’s books and adult books is our nearest National Trust property, Shaw’s Corner at Ayot St Lawrence. Shaw’s Corner was the home of George Bernard Shaw, and is one of the Trust’s smaller properties. There is a small bookshop which is run by volunteers to raise funds, which needs donations. Please send your donations to Shaw’s corner, not to the School.
Oxfam bookshop in St Albans will accept any books or maps in good condition. The address is: Oxfam Bookshop, 8-10 Catherine Street, St Albans, AL3 5BX. Telephone: 01727 861589.