Reading Newsletter Eagle PrimarY school - may 2020

Welcome to the Eagle Primary Reading Newsletter for May - 'Isolation Edition 2'.

So, lock-down continues and sometimes it gets tough. So there really is no better time to lose yourself in a book. Whether that's an old favourite or a brand new experience is entirely up to you! I have managed about a book every 10 days or so, so far..

So, my message for this month stays much the same as last month. Take time out to slow down and read. It doesn't matter what you read, but read. Share stories together, which each other, look at the pictures, create your own pictures, write stories - whether they are true to life or not, but it is stories that make us who we are.

All learning, can be considered as stories - the story of people long ago, the story of how a landscape is created or how people came to live there, the story of belief, the story of how things work and behave... the better storytellers we become and the more stories we can tell - the better people we can become!

Whether you share the books with your children or if you encourage them to read them for themselves, it doesn't matter. I would simply like to see children get the opportunity to develop the breadth and depth of books that they have access to.

Mr Watson

EYFS/Y1 Book of the Month

Why do I feel like this? - Shinsuke Yoshitake

Why Do I Feel Like This? follows a child’s hilarious, wildly inventive train of thought as she walks home in a bad mood.

Where do sad or angry feelings come from?

What’s the best way to make them go away?

And is there any way to stop them from coming back?

This imaginative story will help young readers to think about their emotions and find creative ways to deal with bad days.

MR WATSON SAYS: I have always really enjoyed the books by this author. They are always careful, poignant and powerful. I think at this time a story which helps younger children explore how they feel, why they feel like that and what they can do is probably something really useful.

Y2/LKS2 Book of the Month

The Man Who Waled Between The Towers - Mordicai Gerstein

The story of a daring tightrope walk between skyscrapers, as seen in Robert Zemeckis' The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky.

This picture book captures the poetry and magic of the event with a poetry of its own: lyrical words and lovely paintings that present the detail, daring, and -- in two dramatic foldout spreads -- the vertiginous drama of Petit's feat.

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is the winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal, the winner of the 2004 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books, and the winner of the 2006 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video.


MR WATSON SAYS: A story so incredible, that I had to Google Phillippe Petit to check that it was true! It was and considering I had seen the film 'The Walk' I shpuld have known better! A story that will have children and adults staring open mouthed in wonder at bravery, or foolishness of this man back in 1974. Wonderful words and illustrations by Mordicai Gerstein.

UKS2 Book of the Month

What NOT To Do If You Turn Invisible - Ross Welford

From the author of the unforgettable bestseller TIME TRAVELLING WITH A HAMSTER comes another surprising, beautiful and funny novel about a child who, by disappearing, will write herself into your heart forever…

Turning invisible at will: it’s one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed.

It’s fun at first, being invisible. And aided by her friend Boydy, she manages to keep her extraordinary ability secret. Or does she…?

When one day the invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception as she struggles to keep herself safe, to find the remedy that will make her seen again – and solve the mystery of her own birth…

MR WATSON SAYS: Ross Welford's stories often focus on his home in the North East and What NOT To Do If You Turn Invisible is a brilliant example - 13 yo Ethel has A LOT going on in her life, so turning invisible is something she could really do without right now! A wonderfully paced story of growing up, trying to understand who you are and where you fit in the world and that you might not be who you think you are.

Author of the Month


Emma carroll

A Selection of Emma Carroll's Books

From a very early age, Emma dreamed of being an author. She was a secondary school English teacher for many years before becoming a full time writer, though still has strong links within education and the teaching community. Her stories are usually historical, often spooky, and always led by a cast of impressive female characters.

Emma's debut 'Frost Hollow Hall' won the North East Book Award. Her second novel, 'The Girl Who Walked On Air' was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. 'Letters From The Lighthouse', was chosen as a 'Waterstones Book of the Month', as was 'Secrets of a Sun King'. Both books are popular choices in the Key Stage Two classroom. Emma's latest story, 'The Somerset Tsunami' was selected by indie booksellers as their 'Book of the Month', and was 'The Times Children's Book of the Week'. Her stories are published in many different languages.

In another life Emma wishes she'd written 'Rebecca' by Daphne Du Maurier. Emma lives in the Somerset hills with her husband and two terriers.

You can follow Emma on Twitter @emmac2603, Instagram emmacarroll2603, or visit her website at emmacarrollauthor@wordpress.com

MR WATSON SAYS: Emma's stories are consistently excellent and acclaimed. She has become what can only be described as the Queen of Historical Fiction, she has a knack for capture the feel for the periods she writes about - be it Regional British History or the impact of WWII - Emma's books have power and empathy in equal measure - if you enjoy reading stories that tell the stories of people living through incredible times in history. Emma's books are unquestionably something you are going to enjoy.

Your Recommendations...

What book adventures have you been on?

Of course this Newsletter shouldn't be just about my choices.

I would love to hear recommendations from you too.

If you have read and enjoyed a book and think that someone else might enjoy it too, then share the name of the book and author with me, along with a brief summary of the plot and why you think someone else would enjoy the book.

Share the love of books.

You can E-mail your ideas, recommendations and reviews to: mike.watson@eagle.lincs.sch.uk

Remember as always, reading is a beautifully subjective thing... if you don't like a book, think about why before giving up.

Might it be worth another chapter?

Do you understand what is happening?

Use these thoughts to shape your future choices.

Mr Watson

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Mike Watson


Created with an image by Jonas Jacobsson - "untitled image" Book synopsis and author biography from Amazon.co.uk