Our School Librarian, Mrs Kent, manages the school library and provides library sessions to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children every other week. Children in Key Stage 2 can also visit the library in morning break to read, discuss their books or read the newspaper (First News) and change their books. Children in Reception are visited once a week by the library trolley to enjoy a story or two and browse a selection of books from the library.
Library sessions are planned to complement topics, class teaching, teach research skills and encourage reading for pleasure. This term we will be 'Sharing a Story' towards our class targets for World Book Day.
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 may borrow one book at a time; children in Key Stage 2 may borrow up to two books. Books may be borrowed for up to two weeks and must then be renewed.
These books are not part of a reading scheme and children are encouraged to borrow books above their current reading level to share with an adult at home.
Please make a note of your child’s library day (below) and ensure that your child brings his or her library books in to school on the correct day.
Monday - Reception, Library sessions for Year 3, Year 4, Year 6
Wednesday - Library sessions for Year 2, Year 5, Reading Club for Year 6
Friday - Library sessions for Year 1, Reading Club for Year 2, Reading Dog
Mrs Kent also supports Year 2 and Year 6 readers individually and through the Book Clubs.
Year 6 Book Club
This Book Club is for the keenest readers in Year 6, who meet in the library once a week. They are currently reading 'Here Lies Arthur' by Philip Reeve. Previous books have included ‘The Stormkeeper’s Island’ by Catherine Doyle, ‘Where the World Ends’ by Geraldine McCaughrean and ‘The London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan Dowd.
Willowcroft has its very own 'Read2Dog', Inca, who is specially trained by Pets as Therapy to work with children. She is a great listener and loves to hear the children practise their reading.
Willowcroft has hosted many prominent authors over the years, including David Walliams (‘The World’s Worst Children’, ‘Gangsta Granny’, ‘Mr Stink’ and many more), Carnegie winner Geraldine McCaughrean (‘Where the World Ends’), Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Pilot John Chapman (‘Jonnie Rocket’ series of graphic novels), Helen Cooper (‘Pumpkin Soup’, ‘The Hippo at the End of the Hall’) and, most recently, singer-songwriter and author Nick Cope (‘The Very Silly Dog’ and others).
Authors share their enthusiasm and experience of writing and storytelling as well as their passion for reading and its importance in their journey to becoming a published author.
We are looking forward to welcoming Nick Cope back to WIllowcroft for more storytelling songs on World Book Day.
We hold regular reading-related events throughout the school year.
Poetry Week (w/c 25th November)
World Book Day (Thursday 5th March) https://www.worldbookday.com/
Open a Book (w/c 30th March)
Summer Reading Challenge (July - August) https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
Bedtime Story (Date tbc)
Last year, we also shadowed the Lollies (Laugh Out Loud Awards) throughout the school and voted for our favourite books, contributing to the national tally. The shortlist for this year’s books can be found at https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/lollies/shortlist, where there are also links to purchase the titles..
Thirty Top Reads
In addition to the library, each year group holds a collection of ‘Thirty Top Reads’. These are a selection of 30 high quality titles including prizewinners and classics across fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Children who take up the challenge to read over 15 titles from the list can earn points for their house.
The following sites offer free eBooks for children (and some for adults, too):
Oxford Owl (Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme)
Over 100 free eBooks for children aged 3-11 years old.
eBooks and audio books available to download using your library card. Users can borrow up to 10 titles for up to three weeks.
A huge database of books for children and adults, that are out of copyright. This site is very good for classics and the eBooks are available in multiple formats. The link above takes you to the 'Children's Bookshelf'.
Free digital downloads of this weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds.
There are many subscription services available. Amazon Prime is currently offering a 30-day trial (including Prime Reading) and Kindle Unlimited is offering a two month trial. Both have terms and conditions attached.
Ask a librarian
If you have any library-related questions (including lost books), please email the librarian at:
(Please speak to your child’s class teacher about reading-related questions in the first instance.)
For further information, please see our English page.