World Book Day 1st March 2012!

We hope students from Years 7 – 9 have received their WBD £1 vouchers and visited the Scholastic Book Fair in LB1 (open lunchtimes until Friday 2nd March) Booky Top Trumps, Good Beginnings and Literary Tweets competitions have been running and the winners of Book tokens should be eagerly spending them today!

Meanwhile, we wanted to offer a literary something to students higher up the school. Hopefully tutors will be able to show this competition sheet on a classroom screen, for a group entry to our Headline stories, compiled by Mrs Parnell. We will leave the competition open to Tutor Groups Years 10-13 until Wednesay 7th March, so list all the titles you can guess and get your entries in before then – for a chance to win a box of chox for your group. Tutors, some are tricky – you are allowed to participate too!

Lastly, please promote the WORLD BOOK DAY APP, available on itunes. Promises lots of author info and book extracts, all for FREE!

So to get your juices going please watch and enjoy the following:


Annual Scholastic Book Fair

Click here to read about the free App from itunes


27th Feb – 2nd March Library   LB1                                                                                             To celebrate World Book Day                                            Thurs 1st March                                                                                                                                               Students will receive a WBD £1 Voucher                                                                         To spend at the fair or a participating bookshop                                                                    

We are pleased to encourage book ownership for a week.                                                 Of course students can borrow items from the school library for free.                                                                                                                                                  The library will earn commission for each book sold.

“The fact remains that without access to books of their own children are less likely to have positive experiences of reading, less likely to do well at school and less likely to be engaged in reading in any form.” National Literacy Trust 2011

Red House Book Award 2012

Patrick Ness was “chuffed” to receive the Red House Award for the Older Readers, for A Monster Calls.  The book, which is based upon an idea by Siobhan Dowd who died of cancer in 2007 before she could begin writing it, also won The Book of the Year. Poignantly, it is the story of a boy, whose mother is also dying of cancer. The monster is a walking talking yew tree that calls upon Conor as he tries to deal with his family upheavel. As you read you will be haunted by Jim Kay’s striking illustrations. He said he was “bowled over” to share the award.

Patrick Ness is a favourite here at Backwell School. He also won the Carnegie Award last year, with Monsters of Men. Click here to follow his diary and find out more about his books and writing.

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by new author, Liz Pichon, topped the category for Younger Readers and will appeal to all those Wimpy Kid fans out there.

83,000 votes were cast for the awards – all by young readers – and several were from members of our Reading Group here in Year 7!  

National Libraries’ Day, Saturday 4th February

We would like to share a view of libraries from the exuberant Caitlin Moran, to show our support for National Libraries’ Day tomorrow:

“A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold, rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead.”  Caitlin Moran, The Times 8 December, 2011