Reading Newsletter Eagle PrimarY school DECember 2018

Welcome to the Eagle Primary Reading Newsletter for December.

Oh blimey! It's nearly Christmas!

How on earth did that happen?

This month I will be sharing Non-Fiction books. I have shared lots and lots of narrative and picture books over the past few months, so it is important to remember that books can be for information as well as enjoyment. There are so many choices out there that it can be difficult to know what is good and what just looks good. So, I hope that there is something that can be discovered that you can enjoy!

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.

Does your child say that they can't find a book that they like?

Then you might like to try this 'Book Sorter' activity.

Click the button above to try it out...

All of the books in the Book Sorter have been added by children. Now you can find out what other children have recommended. Just click on the coloured boxes and drag your choices into the Book Sorter.

Mr Watson

EYBook of the Month

How Much Does A Ladybird Weigh? - Alison Limentani

Have you ever wondered how much a ladybird weighs? A snail or a Rabbit?

Alison Limentani's extraordinary picture book introduces a fascinating world of numbers and weights in the most original way. '... this elegant picture-book ... truly speaks to the intended audience.'

MR WATSON SAYS: This is a truly beautiful book. It's colourful, fun and has lovely illustrations rather than cartoons really helps develop an understanding of our world. Have fun learning numbers, words, animal features, colours and sizes!

KS1 Book of the Month

The Ways Things Work (Now) - David Macauley

Get to grips with how things work inside hundreds of machines with this extraordinary book that explains the science behind technologies and inventions.

In this extensive encyclopedia packed full of simple science for kids, David Macaulay's beautiful illustrations show the inner workings of each machine from clocks and watches, to jet engines and the internet.

From the basic lever to the modern microprocessor, this bestseller has been completely updated with the latest technologies, and explains every machine you've ever wanted to understand, and some you've probably never thought about.

With David Macaulay's inspired illustrations and humorous approach, The Way Things Work makes even the most complex technology fun, fascinating, and accessible for children of all ages.

MR WATSON SAYS: I learned so much from my copy of this book 'a long time ago'! But this updated version has something fascinating for everyone to enjoy. The diagrams are wonderful, the science is accurate and it is sure to leave you saying - WOW!

KS2 Book of the Month

Shackleton's Journey - William Grill

Shackleton's Journey is a unique visual re-telling Ernest Shackleton's landmark expedition crossing the Antarctic from one pole to the other. William Grill's impeccably researched and informative illustrations celebrate the 100th anniversary since the historic exploration by Shackleton and his crew on Endurance .

Children will love exploring Grill's exploded diagrams and the fascinating details of this landmark voyage.

MR WATSON SAYS: This fantastic picture book tells the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's amazing survival in the Antarctic between 1914-1916. The artwork is really simple, but all the details are there. One to read and revisit. It is a fantastic way to learn about this increidible expedition. Class 3 have been reading about Shackleton's adventures as part of their project and have been amazed by the tale of his resilience against adversity.

Honourable Mention!

The Incredible Cabinet of Wonders - Lonely Planet

It's time to peek inside the world's most famous museums.

Welcome to Lonely Planet Kids' Incredible Cabinet of Wonders - the greatest little museum in the world! 12 collectors, from toy makers and monster hunters, to sailors and archaeologists, have created their own themed cabinets and filled them with their favourite things.

Kids can lift the flaps and open the cabinet doors to discover 100 extraordinary objects from our planet's weird and wonderful past and present, then read fascinating stories behind each one and find out where to see them in real life.

What objects will they find? And what stories will they tell?

The 12 themed collections are:

Toy Maker's Cabinet

Sailor's Cabinet

Monster Hunter's Cabinet

Naturalist's Cabinet

Miniaturist's Cabinet

Doctor's Cabinet

Treasure Hunter's Cabinet

Archaeologist's Cabinet

Costume Maker's Cabinet

Musician's Cabinet

Scientist's Cabinet

Make Believer's Cabinet

Each cabinet is illustrated by a different artist and features photos of every astonishing and unusual artefact.

The Doctor’s Cabinet

MR WATSON SAYS: I discovered this book completely by chance and it simply HAS to be included! If you are intrigued or interested in the weird and wonderful, then this is for you. Over 100 flaps to lift and discover and every one has something worth seeing! Simply stunning photography and simple, yet informative text makes this a great gift for Christmas!

Author of the Month


Horrible Histories - because they are so much fun!

Terry was born in Sunderland, England, in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, in the North-east of England.

Terry's father (Billy) was a butcher in Hendon, Sunderland, and his mother (Freda) was the manageress of a clothing shop. He worked many years in his father's butcher shop as a boy. It was better than school where he was beaten, bullied and abused by his loathsome teachers.

Terry began his career as a professional actor in 1972 when he joined Theatre Powys in Mid-Wales. He has also worked as a theatre-director, museum manager, drama teacher, television presenter. He first acted on television in 1973 and in 2010 he made his debut in movies with a small part in a British film "Risen"

As an actor with Theatre Powys Terry began writing scripts for some of the shows. One of the most successful was a children's show called "The Custard Kid". The "Custard Kid" tour ended but Terry didn't want to lose the exciting tale so he turned it into a children's novel. That first novel was published by A & C Black who are still publishing his books 35 years later.

In 35 years as an author his writing has included fiction and popular non-fiction. He also writes TV, theatre, radio, audio and new media scripts.

In 2009 CBBC Television launched a major television series of his Horrible Histories which has gone on to win several Children's BAFTA awards. In February 2011 the TV series won a British Comedy Award for best sketch show - the first children's show ever to win a Comedy Award. The same month Terry Deary became the 10th most-borrowed author in British libraries.

In 2010 there was a computer game adaptation for Nintendo Wii, DS and PC. A series of theatre plays, 'Horrible Histories', have been created in collaboration with Birmingham Stage Company touring throughout 2006 - 2012.

His next projects are with film companies to animate a 28-part worldwide television series "Terry Deary's True Time Tales" as well as adapting his "The Fire Thief" trilogy of fiction for movies. In 2011 Terry will script a movie about football called 90 Minutes.

MR WATSON SAYS: Deary's books are a total no brainier for me. Funny, gruesome, reasonably historically accurate 😉 and funny too. So many books, themes and stories put together in his familiar comic book style. Lots of facts, quizzes and puzzles to share with family, friends and teachers alike.

Bishy's Books

James Bishop

James, our Author PenPal, has sent us his book recommendations and ideas for this month. He is also willing to share his writing tips and techniques and he has said that he would love to share stories with the children - that's pretty cool! We have our own (almost) tame author!

For Y1 - Y3, he suggests:

Mr Penguin & The Lost Treasure - Alex T. Smith

James says: "It's about an adventurer, who just happens to be a penguin and is sure to have you on the floor rolling!"

For Y4 - Y6, he suggests:

Embassy of the Dead - Will Mabbitt

James says: "This is another of my fave authors Will Mabbitt. If you are sad Hallowe'en is over, keep the scares going with this book about being on the Grim Reaper's Hit List!"

Thanks to James for these... more next month!

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.


Can you create a video review of a book you have enjoyed, send it to me and I will share your reviews and recommendations in January's Newsletter!

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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