Reading Newsletter Eagle PrimarY school - April 2020

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

So, my "Month of March Book Buy Ban", has failed. Although, they were all bargains, so that's OK, right?

We are living in really curious times aren't we? Although, if like me you are an avid reader, then it just means time to get through the 'To Be Read' pile.

So, my message for this month is to 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

EY/KS1 Book of the Month

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day - Beatrice Alemagna

WINNER of the 2018 4-11 Picture Book Awards (Fiction 4-7 category)

One of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children s Books of 2017

All I want to do on a rainy day like today is play my game,

but my mum says it s a waste of time.

The game drives my mum mad.

She takes it away.

I take it back.

I wish Dad had come with us on this rainy, grey weekend.

Without my game, nothing is fun.

On the other hand, maybe I m wrong about that...

MR WATSON SAYS: Mrs Luddington shared this book with me and I HAD to get my own copy! It is a fab story of how sometimes we let 'modern things' get in the way of 'fun things' - the character is bored, but realises that there is so much more so could do if she just thought a little more carefully and looked a little more closely. Very apt for the current situation we are living in!

LKS2 Book of the Month

Skeleton Keys & The Unimaginary Friend - Guy Bass

The first book in the darkly comic new Skeleton Keys series from the award-winning duo behind Stitch Head.

Greetings! My name is Skeleton Keys, and these fantabulant fingers of mine can open doors to hidden worlds.... Join me for the curious tale of Ben Bunsen, whose only friend is a figment of his imagination...until now.

Ben can't believe it when his imaginary friend, the Gorblimey, becomes unimaginary. The Gorblimey is loyal and kind...and real! But Skeleton Keys is far from convinced by the Gorblimey's friendly ways. He's got the twitch, which is (almost) never wrong, and it's telling him the Gorblimey is dangerous and needs banishing to the endless void of Oblivion.

As Ben battles to save his new friend, the Gorblimey is soon the least of Skeleton Keys' worries. It seems that there's more than one unimaginary in town. And this one is out for revenge....

MR WATSON SAYS: I had so much fun reading this book! It is witty, clever, silly, scary (only a little bit!), mysterious and exciting all at once! Guy Bass is a fab author for Y2 and LKS2 - his books are just grown up enough, without being too challenging for readers at this stage. I', a grown up (allegedly) and I really enjoy his books too. If you are in Class 3 and enjoyed StitchHead - you will probably like this too!

Oh, and the sequel is newly released so that's next for me!

UKS2 Book of the Month

The Girl Who Speaks Bear - Sophie Anderson

"Written with passion and compassion, Anderson s talent as a weaver of magic and creator of evocative landscapes is growing with every book" - The Daily Mail

"Enchanting story" - The Daily Telegraph

They call me Yanka the Bear. Not because of where I was found - only a few people know about that. They call me Yanka the Bear because I am so big and strong.

Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered about where she is from. She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong on the inside as she is on the outside. But, when she has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond one that she ever imagined begins: from icy rivers to smouldering mountains meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way.

Interwoven with traditional stories of bears, princesses and dragons, Yanka's journey is a gorgeously lyrical adventure from the best-selling author of The House With Chicken Legs.

MR WATSON SAYS: I make no secret of how big a fan of Sophie Anderson I am. The House With Chicken Legs was a masterpiece of modern children's fiction and The Girl Who Speaks Bear, is every bit as good. I love the way she uses Russian folktales - no one else is doing that and it makes her books stand out. Her characters are so well formed and engaging, that it is impossible not to find yourself cheering them on or weeping for them. If you are after an exciting and emotional journey of discovery - then you will adore this, you'll probably adore it whatever!

Author of the Month

Swapna Haddow & Dave Pidgeon

Swapna haddow

A Selection of Swapna Haddow's Books

Swapna Haddow is the award-winning author of the Dave Pigeon books. 'Dave Pigeon' was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards 2016, selected for the Tom Fletcher Book Club, winner of the North Somerset Teacher's Book Award Read Aloud Category 2016, winner of the Surrey Libraries Children's Book Award 2017 and a Fantastic Book Awards 2018 winner.

Swapna loves writing about boisterous animals and madcap adventures and currently has books with Faber & Faber, Stripes Publishing, Macmillan, Oxford University Press and Scholastic. Swapna also writes as Swapna Reddy.

Swapna lives in New Zealand with her husband, son and their dog, Archie. When she's not writing she is usually reading, dreaming about living on a boat or eating Jaffa Cakes.

MR WATSON SAYS: Funny, witty and silly (in a good way) stories about a Pigeon, who despite not being the brightest, somehow manages to stay alive! Perfect read aloud stories for 6-8 year old that will have them giggling their way though every page - trust me, you'll read one Dave Pigeon adventure, and want start another!

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