Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, or a duty. It should be offered as a gift!
Should any of you be in doubt about the value of children’s books for readers of ALL ages, I would recommend the reading of this little book!
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Reading for Pleasure is KEY throughout all our year groups at Dolphin School.
This small but busy space is packed with a refreshing selection of glorious reading matter – from new publications to old favourites. Stories to lead children on adventures, to discover fantastical worlds, develop empathy, understand friendships, journey through history or research new facts for school projects. We have books to read aloud to each other, poetry to recite, graphic novels and mystical fairy tales… a wonderful assortment to entice even the most reluctant of readers and our great school ambassador, Shri (the cat) is always happy to lend an ear to a good read and a comfy lap!
We encourage our readers to be bold and adventurous in their choice of reading, to discover different genres and styles, to recommend good books to friends, fellow pupils and even adults as children’s author, Katherine Rundell, happily points out in her little book – “Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise”. (Indeed, you might surprise yourself by reading one of Katherine’s own children’s book – may I recommend ‘Wolf Wilder’ for instance.) We guide our young readers but ultimately, the choice of reading material is theirs… all children are expected to have a book on them in school at all times. (‘e.readers’ are by agreement of an appropriate staff member.) The Library is open during school hours.
“Good children’s literature appeals not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
Notable events during the year are closely tied in with our English and Drama Departments (as witnessed by Judy Seall’s delightful and pertinent play ‘Library’, as well as various theatre trips, poetry and literary festivals and visits to the Oxford Story-Telling Museum. We make a great celebration of Story-Telling Week and World Book Day and participate in the Children’s Book Award Scheme working closely with the Federation of Children’s Book Groups. Our most exciting Library event of the year, however, is our ANNUAL BOOK FESTIVAL, held in May. This is an informal occasion where the invited authors are our guests for the day, involving the children and their families in talks and workshops. For this occasion we open our doors not only to the Dolphin School families and friends, but also to the local schools and communities. Entrance is free.
Do read our regular Blogs for exciting library news and forthcoming events..
Kirsty Harrsion, Librarian
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”