At Ark Atwood, a love of Reading is at the heart of everything we do and it is no coincidence that our library is at the heart of the school and the first thing you see when you arrive. Our library contains a wide range of books with stock evolving as new titles, themes and priorities emerge. Our school librarian has a huge knowledge of children’s books and is pivotal in getting just the right book title into the enthusiastic hands of young readers. She also hosts discussions sessions with children and invites authors in to run workshops and readings. Looking down on our library is our Reading Spine display which charts the curriculum reading journey children will follow during their time at Atwood.
This journey is supplemented by class book corners and, for our Key Stage Two readers, the ‘Reading Roadmap’ - a reading initiative designed to introduce our readers to new genres and authors, to really embed their love of reading.
Graphic Novels are becoming increasingly common in the children’s bestseller list and are great way into reading for ‘reluctant readers’. For many children, the imagery supporting the text is immediately engaging and hooks them in. Fiona, our librarian, has bought a number of graphic novels for the Atwood library and the list of children wanting to read these is growing all the time. What is particularly pleasing is that these same children are then moving into other genres and more traditional chapter books.
If you want to read more about graphic novels, here is an interesting blog: https://blog.educationplatform.co.uk/2021/09/01/using-graphic-novels-in-...
Recommended Graphic Novels: https://padlet.com/rruddick9zra/73uh2srzpbia
Book recommendations (including some graphic novels): https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/our-recommendations/100-b...