Bonkers about Books
Virtual Visit from Sarah Todd Taylor
Our library has been a hub of activity over the past couple of weeks, from virtual author visits to Yeti-drawing workshops. Earlier this month, Mrs Gompels’ Year 5 English class were lucky enough to take part in a Skype session with novelist, Sarah Todd Taylor.
Sarah is the author of the Max the Detective Cat series; a collection of children’s books documenting the misadventures of a pampered cat named Max who is always on the lookout for mystery. The children had enormous fun quizzing her about the inspiration behind her stories, and asking her about the writing process.
Librarian, Mrs Marcuccilli, said: “It was an honour to welcome Sarah to King’s Hall via the power of Skype. Our pupils had an incredible time learning from one of their favourite authors, and took away some invaluable advice. It was a very special way to begin the term.”
Delicious Book Breakfast
Early starts are a breeze for our Year 7 and 8 bookworms! Refreshed and recharged with fruit juice and delicious pastries, our Book Breakfast gang greet the weekday with discussions of their favourite novels.
Most recently, the children gathered to enjoy a friendly debate on Hilary McKay’s The Skylarks’ War; a moving story which charts the experiences of a family growing up against the backdrop of the First World War.
Everyone agreed that it was a worthy winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award, with Year 7 pupil Edward commenting: “I love all war stories, but this one was special. You really got to know the characters and the storyline was amazing.”
There’s a Yeti in the Playground
Great fun was had by all on Tuesday afternoon, as our Year 4 Book Club met to discuss Pamela Butchart’s There’s a Yeti in the Playground. Pamela is one of the Rose Garden’s very favourite authors.
The story kept everyone giggling and guessing the whole way through, and the children cannot wait to read the next installment in the series. To round off the meeting, pupils tried their hand at designing their own yeti’s – hilarious creations ensued!
On Thursday 21 March, award-winning children's writer, Tracey Corderoy, will be joining our Pre-Prep pupils and visiting nurseries for an afternoon of storytelling. Tracey is known for her popular picture books, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, and Fairytale Pets.
In June, we will also be welcoming detective fiction author, Robin Stevens, who will work with our Prep pupils in an interactive workshop.