News and Events from Wokingham Borough Libraries May 2018

Bank Holidays – All our Libraries will be closed on Monday May 7 and Monday May 28

What’s on in Wokingham Borough Libraries for Adults

Surviving Wedding Photography-A talk with Tony Weston about a professional photographer’s most stressful job and what can go wrong. £5 charge

Wokingham Library Thursday May 10, 2pm to 3.30pm

National Share a Story Evening-Share your favourite story or poem or read one you have written yourself. Free to attend but please book in advance. Woodley Library, Thursday May 17, 7.30pm to 9pm

House Plant Drawing- Come and join us for a relaxed drawing session and get inspired to draw, with a collection of house plants as the focus. £3 charge

Wokingham Library, Saturday May 19 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Nutrition and Health Talks– with nutritional therapist Sasivimol Ahmed at Lower Earley Library. Both talks run 1pm to 2pm. Free sessions.

Session 1: Healthy Gut means Healthy You, Tuesday May 15.

Session 2: Eat Right for the Brain, Tuesday June 19.

Fascinators and Tiaras Workshop– with tutor Rachel Freegard. Make your own accessories for Ascot and the wedding season.

Wokingham Library Saturday May 26, 10am to 1pm, £5 charge

Dementia Action Week Activities during May 21 to 27, 2018

  •  Understanding Dementia and lessening its impact for those who care in any sense. A talk with Shirley Pearce. Wokingham Library, Thursday May 24 10am. Free
  • Coffee Morning and Reminiscence Activities- Drop-in, enjoy a coffee and help raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Café, Woodley Library, Thursday May 24 10am to 12noon
  • Dementia Awareness Sessions- Find out more about dementia and the ways in which you can help people in the community. Woodley Library, Friday May 25 at 12noon and Thursday May 31 at 6pm

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries May Half-term 2018

 Family Learning Craft Skills – Have a go at different crafts that you can use to help your children with their learning. For families with children aged 4 and over. £5 charge. Booking via Adult and Community Learning Team, 0118 974 3797 or lifelonglearning@wokingham.gov.uk

Wokingham Library     Thursday May 31, 1pm to 3pm

Fun with Finger Spelling – Come and learn British Sign Language Spelling with fun games and activities. Places must be booked, For children aged 7 to 12 years old. £2 charge.

Wokingham Library  Tuesday May 29, 2pm to 3pm

Mini Professors – Taster Session for children aged 2 to 5 years old, with science based fun. Places must be booked.

Woodley Library  Thursday May 31,  11.15am to 11.45am

Sand Art– Create a sand picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Drop in!

Lower Earley Library  Tuesday May 29, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Woodley Library  Wednesday May 30,  10.30am to 12.30pm

Storytime with Princess Belle from Tutus & Tiaras – Come and hear stories from Princess Belle with stories and rhymes for children aged 5 and under, there will also be plenty of photo opportunities with a themed backdrop provided and some colouring fun, even a Magic Wish thanks to Tinkerbell.

Wokingham Library Tuesday May 29, 10am to 10.30am

Woodley Library Tuesday May 29, 11.30am to 12noon

For a full list of our May half-term library events visit: https://wp.me/p5mHbU-38N

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771 Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

 

A selection of our events are listed above, for all of our events visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-our-libraries/

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What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries May Half-term 2018

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries May Half-term 2018

Explore Learning Telling the Time – We will help children tackle the challenge of the big and little hand in this telling the time workshop. Places must be booked, For children aged 5 to 7 years old.

  • Wokingham Library                  Wednesday May 30          9.30am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library           Thursday May 31               9.30am to 10.30am
  • Woodley Library        Friday June 1         9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning Angular Architecture – They will learn the areas and angles required to construct the homes of our future. Can they tell their right angles from their acute?  Places must be booked, For children aged 7 to 9 years old.

  • Wokingham Library            Wednesday May 30  10.45am to 11.45am
  • Lower Earley Library       Thursday May 31                10.45am to 11.45am
  • Woodley Library                 Friday June 1          10.45am to 11.45am

Family Learning Craft Skills – Have a go at different crafts that you can use to help your children with their learning. For families with children aged 4 and over. £5 charge. Booking via Adult and Community Learning Team, 0118 974 3797 or lifelonglearning@wokingham.gov.uk

Wokingham Library         Thursday May 31           1pm to 3pm

Fun with Finger Spelling – Come and learn British Sign Language Spelling with fun games and activities. Places must be booked, For children aged 7 to 12 years old. £2 charge.

Wokingham Library      Tuesday May 29            2pm to 3pm

Get Arty – Amazing Animals Arts and crafts activities for children aged 4 to 10 years old. £2 charge, Just drop in!

  • Woodley Library        Thursday May 31          2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Wokingham Library         Friday June 1           10.30am to 11.30am
  • Lower Earley Library         Friday June 1            2pm to 3pm

Lego Creations – Star Wars Themed Lego building session, for children aged 5 to 10 years old. Places must be booked. £1 charge.

Winnersh Library      Thursday May 31                2pm to 2.45pm

Mini Professors – Taster Session for children aged 2 to 5 years old, with science based fun. Places must be booked.

Woodley Library         Thursday May 31           11.15am to 11.45am

Sand Art– Create a sand picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Just drop in!

  • Lower Earley Library            Tuesday May 29   10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Woodley Library           Wednesday May 30         10.30am to 12.30pm

Star Wars Reads Activity Session – Star Wars activity sheets and origami craft activities for children aged 4 to 10 years old. Places must be booked, £2 charge.

  • Twyford Library                  Tuesday May 29             10.45am to 11.45am
  • Woodley Library                 Tuesday May 29              1pm to 2pm
  • Spencers Wood Library     Tuesday May 29              2.45pm to 3.45pm
  • Finchampstead Library     Wednesday May 30         10am to 11am
  • Winnersh Library               Wednesday May 30         11.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wargrave Library                Wednesday May 30         2pm to 3pm
  • Wokingham Library            Thursday May 31             11.30am to 12.30pm
  • Maiden Erlegh Library         Thursday May 31            3.30pm to 4.30pm

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 7 and under. Free

  • Wokingham Library            Tuesday May 29               4pm to 4.30pm
  • Finchampstead Library      Friday June 1                    11am to 11.30am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library       Saturday June 2                10.15am to 10.45am
  • Wargrave Library                Saturday June 2                10.30am to 11am

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771 Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

International Children’s Book Day – 2 April 2018

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International Children’s Book Day is held on 2 April each year on the anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. The day is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.

It is sponsored by The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), which is a non-profit organisation representing an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together. It was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1953, and today is composed of 75 National Sections all over the world. It represents countries that have well-developed publishing and literacy programmes, and other countries that only have a few dedicated professionals who are doing pioneer work in children’s book publishing and promotion.

IBBY’s mission is:

  • to promote international understanding through children’s books
  • to give children everywhere the opportunity to have access to books with high literacy and artistic standards
  • to encourage the publication and distribution of quality children’s books, especially in developing countries
  • to provide support and training to those involved with children and children’s literature
  • to stimulate research and scholarly works in the field of children’s literature
  • to protect and uphold the Rights of the Child according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

IBBY also supports a number of awards and projects in the field of children’s literature, the most prestigious of which is the Hans Christian Andersen award. This is given biennially to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature.

The shortlisted authors this year are:

Marie-Aude Murail from France, Farhad Hassanzadeh from Iran, Eiko Kadono from Japan, Joy Cowley from New Zealand and Ulf Stark from Sweden.

The shortlisted illustators are:

Pablo Bernasconi from Argentina, Linda Wolfsgruber from Austria, Xiong Liang from China, Iwona Chmielewska from Poland, Igor Oleynikov from Russia and Albertine from Switzerland.

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The two winners will be announced on 26 March at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Italy, with the medals presented at the 36th IBBY Congress in Athens, Greece on 31 August.

For more information on IBBY visit their UK website here.

 

What’s On For Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries Easter 2018

What’s On For Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries Easter 2018

Amazing Animals Activity session- Non-fiction Activity session for 7 to 11 year olds. Activity sheets and mask making. £2 charge, Places must be booked.

  • At Winnersh Library on Wednesday April 4 from11am to 12noon
  • At Wargrave Library on Monday April 9 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Twyford Library on Tuesday April 10 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Tuesday April 10 from 3.15pm to 4.15pm
  • At Spencers Wood Library on Thursday April 12 from 10.15am to 11.15am

Art Club – Come and learn about different artists with creative activity. For children aged 7 to 11 years old. £2 charge per session. Places must be booked.  At Woodley Library on Thursday April 12 from 3.45pm to 4.45pm.

Baby Sensory – Free taster from Baby sensory, for babies up to 12 months old. Places must be booked.  At Wokingham Library on Wednesday April 4 from 10am to 10.30am

Children’s Chess Club – For young people aged 8 years old and over. Places must be booked.  At Woodley Library on Thursday April 5 from 3.30pm to 5pm

Children’s Origami Club – For children aged 7 and over, Places must be booked, 50p charge.  At Wokingham Library on Tuesday April 3 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Children’s Writing Group – Share your ideas and take part in some fun writing exercises. For children aged 9 to 12 years old. Free event, Places must be booked.  At Maiden Erlegh Library on Saturday April 7 from 10.15am to 11am.

Dad and Baby Rhymetime – Fun rhymes for babies and dads. Free, Just drop in!  At Wokingham Library on Saturday April 7 from 10am to 10.30am

Explore Learning Superhero Shapes – Free workshop from Explore Learning on 2D and 3D shapes. For 4-6 year olds, Places must be booked.

  • At Woodley Library on Friday April 6 from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • At Wokingham Library on Tuesday April 10   from 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Lower Earley Library on Thursday April 12 from 9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning – A knights journey to the King’s throne – Free workshop from Explore Learning, We travel back to medieval times and children will joust their way through many grammar tournaments. For 7 to 9 year olds.  Places must be booked.

  • At Woodley Library on Friday April 6 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • At Wokingham Library on Tuesday April 10 from 10.45am to 11.45am
  • At Lower Earley Library on Thursday April 12 from 10.45am to 11.45am

Family Learning Face painting – Learn to do face painting using your child as a model. For families with children aged 3 and over. £5 charge. Booking via Adult and Community Learning Team, 0118 974 3797 or lifelonglearning@wokingham.gov.uk                               At Finchampstead Library on Monday April 9 from 10am to 12noon.

Family Learning Puppet Crafts – Try different forms of puppet making and learn to help your children develop their storytelling skills. For families with children aged 4 and over. £5 charge. Booking via Adult and Community Learning Team, 0118 974 3797 or lifelonglearning@wokingham.gov.uk   At Wokingham Library on Thursday April 12  from 1pm to 3pm

Get Arty – Drop in for Amazing Animals Arts and crafts activities for children aged 4 to 10 years old. £2 charge.

  • At Wokingham Library on Friday April 6 from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Finchampstead Library on Friday April 6 from 11.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Arborfield Pop-Up Library on Monday April 9 from 3pm to 3.45pm
  • At Woodley Library on Thursday April 12       from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • At Lower Earley Library on Friday April 13    from 2pm to 3pm

Lego Creations – Animal themed Lego build session, for children aged 5 to 10 years old. Places must be booked. £1 charge.

  • At Twyford Library on Tuesday April 3 from 2.30pm to 3.15pm
  • At Finchampstead Library on Thursday April 5 from 2pm to 2.45pm
  • At Maiden Erlegh Library on Thursday April 5 from 3.30pm to 4.15pm
  • At Winnersh Library on Thursday April 12 from 2.15pm to 3pm

Mini Professors – Science based taster session for children aged 2 to 5 years old, Places must be booked.  At Woodley Library on Thursday April 5 from 11.15am to 11.45am

Outdoor Let’s Explore – A fun and creative session exploring the outdoors and nature with the rangers from Dinton Pastures. For children aged 3 to 8 years old. Places must be booked.

  • At Lower Earley Library on Friday April 6 from 9.45am to 10.30am
  • At Wokingham Library on Friday April 6 from 11.15am to 12noon

Penguin Storytime – Penguin themed stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together, For children aged 7 and under. Just drop in!  At Spencers Wood Library on Monday April 9 from 4pm to 4.30pm

Rhymetime – Rhymes for under 5’s and their parents, Just drop in! Free Event

  • At Spencers Wood Library on Thursday April 5 from 10.15am to 10.45am
  • At Woodley Library on April 10  from 10.30am to 11am
  • At Finchampstead Library on Friday April 13 from 11am to 11.30am

Recycle – bot – Create your own robot using materials that can be recycled. For children aged 7 to 12 years old. £2 charge. Places must be booked.  At Wokingham Library on Friday April 13 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Rhymetime for babies – Rhymes and songs, for babies 0 to 18 months.  At Wokingham Library on Tuesday April 3 from 10.30am to 11am

Rhymetime for toddlers – Rhymes and songs, for toddlers 18 months to 3 years old.  At Wokingham Library on Tuesday April 3 from 11.30am to 12noon

Sand Art– Just drop in and create a sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, For children aged 4 to 11 years old.

  • At Woodley Library on Wednesday April 4    from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Monday April 9    from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • At Wokingham Library on Wednesday April 11 from 10.30am to 12noon

Storytime – Stories and rhymes for children aged 7 and under. Free

  • At Wokingham Library on Tuesday April 3 and 10 from 4pm to 4.30pm
  • At Finchampstead Library on Friday April 6 from 11am to 11.30am
  • At Wargrave Library on Saturday April 7 from 10.30am to 11am
  • At Arborfield Library on Monday April 9 from 3.45pm to 4.15pm
  • At Lower Earley Library on Monday April 9    from 11.15am to 11.45am
  • At Woodley Library on Saturday April 14 from 11am to 11.30am

Wokingham Borough Libraries Contact details

Arborfield Library 0780 1664520

Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176

Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800

Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656

Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150

Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630

Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519

Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368

Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771 Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

What’s on in Arborfield Pop Up Library March 2018

What’s on for children in Arborfield Pop Up Library March 2018

Fairytale storytime

Come and hear some fairytales and a fun craft for children aged 7 and under.

On Monday March 12 from 3.45pm to 4.15pm                   

Just drop in to any of the events at Arborfield Pop up Library, The British Legion, Eversley Road, Arborfield, RG2 9PR or call 07801 664 520.

To renew your books online visit: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

 

Empathy Day Book Recommendations

Empathy Day Book Recommendations from Empathy Lab

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 Teachers and parents are increasingly concerned about the potentially empathy draining effect of social media on children and the new pressures caused by societal divisions.   To combat this Empathy Lab are delighted to announce our brand new 2018 Empathy Book Collection, specially selected by an expert panel.  Featuring picture books, powerful stories, poetry, and graphic novels, this collection for children aged 4 -11 years  will be an excellent resource to build their empathy skills. Download the 2018 Read for Empathy Guide here.

 Use these books in your classrooms and libraries in the run up to Empathy Day on 12th June 2018 and way beyond.

 All of the texts offer powerful insights into other people’s feelings and will help young people develop an understanding of a variety of different life experiences and issues that people face.  We hope they will inspire children to turn feelings of empathy into action – in their homes, schools and communities.

 All books are available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries – http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

If any schools would like to do a Empathy book visit to your local library then contact above please contact Elizabeth McDonald on (0118) 974 3709 or e-mail elizabeth.mcdonald@wokingham.gov.uk

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Discover new Ladybird Readers for younger children in libraries now

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Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters and modern stories. They are particularly suitable for young learners of English as a foreign or a second language. The series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.

We have new titles in libraries – look out for Peppa Pig Going Swimming, Peppa Pig In a Plane and Peppa Pig Playing Football. Also we have My Little Pony – The Pony Games and My Little Pony – The Pony School News.

At Wokingham libraries we grade young reader books into 3 different categories denoted by blue 1, 2 and 3 stickers. “Easy reader – First steps” (blue 1 stickers) have simple phonics and core vocabulary. “Easy reader – Gaining confidence” (blue 2 stickers) have more developing vocabulary, and “Easy reader – Taking off” (blue 3 stickers) contain several sentences per page, with more complex vocabulary and some reading independence.

Ask any library staff member for help in selecting the most appropriate level book for your child.

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Winter Reading Challenge for Young People

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This fun challenge ran over the festive season for young people in Wokingham Borough Libraries.

Everyone was challenged to read three books and write a book review.

171 young people entered and received a certificate on completing their challenge.

The prize draw winners for this year are:

 Phoebe, Age 9 Wokingham Library

Imogen Age 6 Spencers Wood Library

Brodie, Age 6 Finchampstead Library

Keshini, Age 7 Woodley Library

Ayushi, Age 10 Lower Earley Library

Matthew, Age 14 Wokingham Library

Krish, Age 6 Lower Earley Library

Baseem, Age 15 Winnersh Library

Molly, Age 7 Winnersh Library

Aya, Age 8 Wargrave Library

Marcell, Age 6 Twyford Wood

Xin Ling, Age 8 Maiden Erlegh Library

 

All of the prize draw winners will receive a book filled goody bag.

 

Well done to everyone who took part and enjoyed ready a wide range of amazing books from their local library.

 

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 Books for Children

In Support of Holocaust Memorial Day January 27, 2017 all Wokingham Borough Libraries will have materials on display along with information booklets and books to borrow from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.      

 Booklists have been created and a wealth of information is available to use on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website, http://hmd.org.uk/page/resources-your-activity

 

Suggested Book Titles for Children aged 5 to 8

And Tango makes three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

And Tango Makes Three is a true story for primary students about two penguins called Roy and Silo.  They lived with lots of other penguins in a special enclosure in Central Park Zoo, New York.  Roy and Silo were both boys.  They played together, swam together and built a nest together.  When other penguin couples hatched eggs and raised chicks, Roy and Silo placed an egg-shaped rock in their nest and kept it warm.  One day the penguin keeper noticed what they were doing and placed a real egg in their nest.  Roy and Silo care for the egg and soon baby Tango completes their penguin family.   – See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-youngs/and-tango-makes-three-justin-richardson-and-peter-parnell#sthash.P7WXVvPR.dpuf

Susan Laughs by Jeanne Wilson and Tony Ross

This is a picture book for foundation and key stage one students. It is a happy book for children inviting them to share a day in the life of Susan.  There is very little text, sometimes only two words to a page.  We read that Susan laughs, she splashes, she swings on her swing.  There are lots of pictures of Susan enjoying life with her family and friends.  Young children will enjoy sharing her laughter.  The final sentence is ‘This is Susan through and through, just like me and just like you.’  On the last page is a picture of laughing Susan sitting in her wheelchair. As the story is so simple there is no need for formal questions for discussion.  Teachers are encouraged to use the book with young children to focus on the joy of being an individual child. An important part of HMD’s 21st century message is recognising differences and valuing individual people. See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-youngs/susan-laughs-jeanne-wilson-and-tony-ross#sthash.nQMoSdqs.dpuf

The Colour of Home – Mary Hoffman and Karin Littlewood

Hassan joins a new school.  He is very sad and does not say very much. He paints a picture of his pet cat and his old house.  Slowly, through the picture, his teacher and classmates begin to understand his story and why he must try to build a new life a long way fromhome.  Some things to think about with primary students. – See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-youngs/colour-home-mary-hoffman-and-karin-littlewood#sthash.mPvDQKrm.dpuf

Suggested Book Titles for Children aged 9 to 12 years old

Put Out the Light by Terry Deary

The book is split between two groups of children, Sally and Billy Thomas in Sheffield, England and Manfred and Hansl in Dachau, Germany during World War Two.  In England, Sally and Billy are investigating the mysterious case of the ‘Blackout Burglar’ who is stealing money whilst the neighbourhood seeks refuge in the community shelters.  Telling the story from their perspective, we find out about tiny rations of meat, the black market and the problems caused by ‘phony’ air raid warnings. Manfred’s story begins in Dachau.  His class have been given the opportunity to talk to his brother Ernst, a member of the Luftwaffe, and they ask him what it is like to fly a plane.  The book helps us to imagine what life might have been like at the beginning of the war in both countries for children, as well as being a thrilling adventure tale.

– See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-youngs/put-out-light-terry-deary#sthash.Fu3DX8VX.dpuf

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Bruno is unhappy when his Father is given an important new posting far away from Berlin.  It means that he will have to move from his familiar, comfortable home and part from his friends.  At nine years old, Bruno, like most German children, is unaware of the atrocities being committed by the Nazis.  All he knows is that his father works for a person Bruno thinks is called ‘The Fury’.  The new family home is a grim place.  There are no young people to join in Bruno’s games and he is not encouraged to ask questions.  Bruno is lonely.  Then, by chance, he meets Shmuel, a boy who shares his birthday but lives in shadow, on the other side of a barbed wire fence. – See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-youngs/boy-striped-pyjamas-john-boyne#sthash.4qnc3wf5.dpuf

The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier

Ian Serraillier began to write The Silver Sword in 1951, a mere six years after the end of World War Two.  It took five years to research and complete.  Although the characters Serraillier brought to life were fictitious, the story was created from historical fact and the young heroes Ruth, Edek, Bronia and Jan were based on real children found in records compiled by the Red Cross.  The Silver Sword is the story of four Polish siblings and their experience of the war and its aftermath.  When their father, the head teacher of a Polish primary school, turned a portrait of Hitler to the wall, the Nazis found out and the family was thrown into a nightmare scenario.  With the arrest of both parents Ruth, Edek and Bronia face great hardship and struggle to survive in the chaos of Nazi occupied Warsaw.  Then they meet Jan, a streetwise boy whose most precious possession is a silver paperknife in the shape of a sword; a paperknife which once belonged to their father.  With this silver sword as a talisman of hope the four young people set out on a journey from Poland to Switzerland in an attempt to meet up with their missing parents. – See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/books-for-youngs/silver-sword-ian-serraillier#sthash.MPwgdKvo.dpuf

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

BBC 500 Words Competition

Twitter-PalacesmallerThe 500 Words competition, created by Chris Evans on his Radio 2 Breakfast Show, launched on Monday 15 January. It is one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world, and helps to get children excited about reading and writing.

This year, the amazing live final event will be held on 8 June at Hampton Court Palace! Every child who takes part, and every teacher and librarian who helps with the judging, will be entered into a draw to attend the event.

How it works

It’s very simple. Children write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 words or fewer and submit it online. Over 130,000 children took part in the competition last year, and the winners have their stories read live on Radio 2 by a superstar celebrity! Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories.

There are two age categories, 5-9 and 10-13, and stories can be entered from now until the deadline on Thursday 22 February.

Do you know any children who would like to take part in the competition this year? Encourage them to write their story and submit it online. It’s a really fun activity to do as a family – why not all write a story and then read them to each other?