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Welcome to the Eagle Primary Reading Newsletter.

We all know just how important reading is, it is an essential life skill which unlocks learning for children, but it can be so much more than that. Reading should be an experience that is grounded in enjoyment.

As you know, in school we have had a focus on reading, demonstrated by our Reading Raffle and the way in which we try and engage the children in reading and a range of different texts in class.

I thought that as the term came to an end, I would try to recommend some books and authors that you might like to try out over the holiday. Something old, something new, but always something I hope you can enjoy. Whether you share the books with your children or they read them for themselves, it doesn't matter.

Reading is for pleasure.

Mr Watson

EYFS Book...

I Want My Hat Back - Jon Klassen

In his bestselling debut picture book, the multiple award-winning Jon Klassen, tells the story of a bear who's hat has gone. And he wants it back.

Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no (some more elaborately than others). But just as it he begins to lose hope, lying flat on his back in despair, a deer comes by and asks a rather obvious question that suddenly sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance...

Told completely in dialogue, this quirky, hilarious, read-aloud tale plays out in sly illustrations brimming with visual humour and winks at the reader who will be thrilled to be in on the joke.

KS1 Book...

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem.

One night, a giant pinboard falls on top of him leaving him completely flat. At first, Stanley enjoys the benefits of his strange predicament - it can be fun going in out of rooms simply by sliding under the door. And it's a hoot being posted to your friends in California for a holiday. But it's not always easy being different, and, once the novelty begins to wear off, Stanley wishes he could be just like everybody else again.

But how will he ever fill out?

KS2 Book...

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth - Frank Cotterell-Boyce

The Blythes are a big, warm, rambunctious family who live on a small farm and sometimes foster children. Now Prez has come to live with them. But, though he seems cheerful and helpful, he never says a word.

Then one day Prez answers the door to someone claiming to be his relative. This small, loud stranger carries a backpack, walks with a swagger and goes by the name of Sputnik.

As Prez dithers on the doorstep, Sputnik strolls right past him and introduces himself to everyone in the household. Prez is amazed at the response. The family pat Sputnik on the head, call him a good boy and drop food into his mouth. It seems they all think Sputnik is a dog. It's only Prez who thinks otherwise.

But Prez soon finds himself having to defend the family from the chaos and danger unleashed by Sputnik, as household items come to life - like a TV remote that fast-forwards people: 'Anyone can do it, it's just that people don't read the instructions properly'; and a toy lightsaber that entertains guests at a children's party, until one of them is nearly decapitated by it - and Prez is going to have to use his voice to explain himself.

It turns out that Sputnik is writing a guidebook to Earth called Ten Things Worth Doing on Earth, and he takes Prez on a journey to discover just those ten things. Each adventure seems to take Prez nearer to the heart of the family he is being fostered by. But they also take him closer to the day that he is due to leave them forever . . .

Featured Author

S F Said

Books written by SF Said

Phoenix is a brilliant book for Y5/6. Great if you like space, Sci-Fi, adventure and mystery...

SF Said is an award-winning author.

His first book, VARJAK PAW, won the Smarties Prize for Children's Literature. The sequel, THE OUTLAW VARJAK PAW, won the BBC Blue Peter Book Of The Year. His third book, PHOENIX, was selected to represent the UK on the IBBY International Honour Book List, shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, and nominated for both the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals. All three books are illustrated by Dave McKean.

SF Said has written widely on children's and young adult literature for both the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.

Class 3 have been really loving Varjak's adventures this term as their whole class reading text.

Find out more about him on his website: www.sfsaid.com

Your Recommendations...

What book adventures have you been on?

Of course this Newsletter isn't 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.

Created By
Mike Watson


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

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