Reading Newsletter Eagle PrimarY school - MArch 2020

Welcome to the Eagle Primary Reading Newsletter for March.

I am officially putting myself on a "Month of March Book Buy Ban", I have gone a bit wild lately, and need to get through my To Be Read collection. The problem is that we are in a truly Golden Age of children's and middle grade fiction and picture books. So, with Lent approaching... that is what I shall be giving up... fingers crossed!

This month, it is all about picture books; one of my most favourite things. It doesn't matter whether you are tiny, young, older or a fully grown up person - there is a picture book for you to explore and explore again. I am going to share a recommendation for each phase and a 'special' mention for one particular author.

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

EY/KS1 Book of the Month

Lifesize - Sophy Henn

Let's go on a LIFESIZE adventure!

Step into the book and see how you measure up against some of the world's most amazing animals. High-five a polar bear to discover who has the biggest paw and peer through the die-cut to find out how you'd look with a giant squid eye.

This interactive non-fiction adventure features LIFESIZE illustrations of some of the smallest and largest animals in the world and invites children to compare parts of their bodies with these amazing animals.

This huge, playful book is the perfect introduction to animals for young children and is the first non-fiction book from picture book star, Sophy Henn.

Climb into the book for a truly wild adventure . . .

Sophy Henn is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator with an MA in Illustration from the University of Brighton. She is the creator of the much-loved Pom Pom series and her book Where Bear? was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Sophy was the World Book Day Illustrator in 2015 and 2016.

Height: 1.75m (Or almost 6 Lifesize books laid end to end!)

How tall in Lifesize books are you?

MR WATSON SAYS: This is such a fun book to share with children of any age, but younger readers will love the chance to see things actual size. Looking through a Giant Squid eye, wearing Kangaroo ears or Hi-Fiving a Polar Bear - gorgeous book, beautiful illustrations and one you will definitely revisit again and again.

LKS2 Book of the Month

The Night Gardener - Terry & Eric Fan

"Something was happening on Grimloch Lane. Something good."

One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. Each day, more topiaries appear, each one more beautiful than the last. Soon, William's grey little town is full of colour and life. And, though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William and his town are changed forever.

With breathtaking illustrations and spare, sweet text, this masterpiece about enjoying the beauty of nature is sure to become an instant classic. A best-selling debut picture book about an orphan whose life is transformed by a mysterious night gardener bringing colour and life to his town.

MR WATSON SAYS: The Fan Brothers are building a series of incredible stories, all illustrated beautifully and The Night Gardener was their debut book - and it is just stunning. The use of colour as a character and the way the characters develop through to book, are honestly just of the highest standard!

UKS2 Book of the Month

I Go Quiet - David Ouimet

I Go Quiet is the exquisite story of an introverted girl, struggling to find her place in a noisy world.

Through the power of books, creativity and imagination, she begins to see possibilities for herself beyond the present, to a future where her voice will finally be heard.

MR WATSON SAYS: Neil Gaiman, one of my all time favourite authors, has the tagline on the front cover: "I wish this book had been around when I was a child: I would not have felt quite as alone." The imagery in this book is perfect for the older reader, there is so much to explore and think about. An opportunity to consider your own self awareness and what it feels like to live in a big, noisy, busy world when sometimes you feel very small.

Author of the Month

Chris Riddell - https://bit.ly/2wtVBzu

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So Many Books! by Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer.

He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals.

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His work for Macmillan also includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series.

Chris has been honoured with an OBE in recognition of his illustration and charity work. He lives in Brighton with his family.

MR WATSON SAYS: Chris Riddell is an author/illustrator who pops up in all manner of places. Sometimes as the creator of his own work, such as Ottoline, Goth Girl and Once Upon a Wild Wood, other times illustrating or re-imagining the words of other writers. Either way, his distinctive style of drawing will be very familiar, his uncanny ability to create so much, sometimes seeming as though he has hardly used any lines at all.

A master of his craft.

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