Reading Newsletter Eagle PrimarY school NOvember 2018

Welcome to the Eagle Primary Reading Newsletter for November.

Half term is behind us and we are now on the run in to Christmas.

This month, the books featured will be picture books. Books that use images, cartoon, drawn artwork or other media to tell their story. The books may or may not even have words in them... but don't be fooled, just because a book lacks words doesn't reduce its power - the power to create story and language in the reader's mind.

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.

Remember that children need to experience a variety of books. Reading one author or a set of books by the same author is a good thing, but it is important to read wider and discover what else is out there, even if you decide that it’s not for you. There are treasures out there waiting to be discovered!

Mr Watson

EYBook of the Month

Not A Stick - Antoinette Portis

A beautifully designed book, celebrating the power of the imagination to transform even the most ordinary of objects into something magical.

A stick is just a stick… unless it's not a stick. From fishing rod to dragon-taming sword a small pig shows that a stick will go as far as the imagination allows.

Antoinette Portis captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes reality. Her simple, spare text and illustrations show that seeing truly depends on the ability to believe in the possibilities.

MR WATSON SAYS: I love this book - it just cries out imagination and creativity. Now that it is Autumn, sticks are easy to find - so get out there and discover something that 'Is Not A Stick'.

KS1 Book of the Month

Tell Me A Dragon - Jackie Morris

Everyone has their very own dragon, and this book describes many different varieties of the beast, showing in words and stunning pictures exactly why their owners find them so entrancing.

They range from a dragon as big as a village to a tiny dragon with whisper-thin wings, from a snaggle-toothed dragon to a sea-dragon which races dolphins on the waves - ending in a page inhabited by every dragon in the book!

MR WATSON SAYS: Aside from the stunning illustrations, Jackie has written in such an beautiful poetic style that it begs you to 'Tell Me YOUR Dragon'.

KS2 Book of the Month

Can I Build Another Me? - Shinsuke Yoshitake

Can I Build Another Me? follows a child’s hilarious, wildly inventive train of thought as he decides to make a clone of himself – and starts to ponder what makes him HIM.

Is it the scar on his knee or his sticky palms?

Is it his love of acorns or the way he winks?

The more he thinks about it, the more complicated it becomes.

MR WATSON SAYS: This is a great book to get you thinking about who you are and what makes you YOU. So many options are created to get you thinking together about family histories, things that you like that other people in your house like and what would it actually take to 'Build Another You'?

Is that even possible?

The book did lead me to this photo of my Great Great Grandfather: William Hunt-Johns (1852-1938). To be clear, I wear a hat all the time, I love tweed, my favourite animal has always been the Badger and there's something about his face that feels familiar! Can you find yourself in a bit of ancestry?

Author of the Month


A small selection of Shaun's books: The Arrival (UKS2), The Red Tree (LKS2), Rules of Summer (KS1)

Shaun Tan is on of my favourite author/illustrators! I own many of his books and have read them to the point they are collapsing! Lincolnshire Libraries have scoured their shelves for more lost copies of his books as well.

Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the 'good drawer' which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author in Melbourne.

Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. Books such as The Rabbits , The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, and worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E. He is currently directing a short film with Passion Pictures Australia; his most recently published book is Tales from Outer Suburbia.

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

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

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