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?

 

100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge

100 MILLION MINUTES READING CHALLENGE

From Thursday 1st March 2018, children and young people will try to collectively read 100 million minutes in a week!

If you’re an early years setting, school, college, parent, carer, childminder or other community group across the UK you can register for the challenge and be in with a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Why 100 Million Minutes?

At Achievement for All, we know that introducing all children and young people to the habit of reading in everyday life can improve communication skills and brighten future prospects, unlocking new worlds and possibilities.

10 minutes of reading a day can make a huge impact to a child’s development, so imagine what 100 million minutes can achieve.

Taking part in the challenge is completely free, so what are you waiting for? Sign up today and let the challenge commence!

https://millionminutes.afaeducation.org/

 

 

 

Winnie the Pooh Celebrations

Winnie the Pooh Celebrations

It’s Winnie the Pooh day on Thursday January 18, we will be hosting the following activities to celebrate:

Winnie the Pooh Storytime – Come and celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day with this special story and colouring session. For children aged 8 and under. Spencers Wood Library Monday January 15 4pm to 4.30pm Woodley Library Thursday January 18 3.45pm to 4.15pm

Winnie the Pooh Day– Just drop in and colour in your favourite characters from Winnie the Pooh to help us decorate the children’s library. Winnersh Library Thursday January 18 2pm to 5pm Wokingham Library Thursday January 18 9.30am to 5pm

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What’s on for Children and Families in Wokingham Borough Libraries February Half Term 2018

What’s On for Children in Wokingham Borough Libraries 

February Half-term 2018

Baby Sensory- Free taster from Baby sensory, for babies up to 18 months old. Places must be booked.

Wokingham Library                             Thursday February 15                        10am to 10.30am

Explore Learning – Fun with Phonics – The children will investigate rhyming words and why they rhyme. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 4 to 6 years old. Places must be booked.

Wokingham Library                             Wednesday February 14                    9.30am to 10.30am

Lower Earley Library                           Thursday February 15                         9.30am to 10.30am

Woodley Library                                  Friday February 16                              9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning – Be a Master Maths SorcererThe children will go through the steps to becoming a maths whiz(ard). Free session with Explore Learning for children aged 7 to 9 years old. Places must be booked.

Wokingham Library                             Wednesday February 14                    10.45am to 11.45am

Lower Earley Library                           Thursday February 15                         10.45am to 11.45am

Woodley Library                                  Friday  February 16                             10.45am to 11.45am

Feathers and Fur Falconry SessionCome and meet some Birds of Prey with talk and hands on experience. For families with children aged 4 and over. Places must be booked. £4 charge.

Wargrave Library                                 Monday February 12                          12.30pm to 1.30pm

Maiden Erlegh Library                        Monday February 12                          3pm to 4pm

Get Arty – Fantastic Beasts arts and crafts for children aged 4 to 12 years old. £1.50 charge, Just drop in!

Wokingham Library                             Friday  February 16                             10.30am to 11.30am

Lower Earley Library                           Friday  February 16                             11am to 12noon

Finchampstead Library                       Friday February 16                              11.30am to 12.30pm

Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. For children and adults.

Woodley Library                                  Monday February 12                          10am to 12noon

Mini Professors – Science based taster session for children aged 2 to 5 years old, Places must be booked.

Wokingham Library                             Thursday February 15                        11am to 11.30am

Woodley Library                                  Tuesday February 13                         11.15am to 11.45am

Owl Experience – Come and find out about some British owls with this fun hands on experience. For children aged 6 and over. Places must be booked. £4 charge

Winnersh Library                                 Tuesday February 13                          2.30pm to 3.30pm

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

Finchampstead Library                       Friday February 16                              11am to 11.30am

Woodley Library                                  Tuesday February 13                          10.30am to 11am

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

Wokingham Library                             Monday February 12                         10.30am to 12noon

Lower Earley Library                           Tuesday February 13                          10.30am to 12.30pm

Woodley Library                                  Wednesday February 14                    10.30am to 12.30pm

Spooky Creatures with Cathy MacLennan –  Come and hear a Spooky story from Illustrator Cathy MacLennan, then create our own fantastical beast collage. For children aged 3 to 8 years old. Places must be booked. £3.50 charge

Woodley Library                                  Thursday February 15                         11am to 12noon

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

Arborfield Library                                Monday February 12                          3.45pm to 4.15pm

Wokingham Library                             Tuesday February 13                         4pm to 4.30pm

Storytime with My Journey Team – Fun stories from the Road Safety Team – My Journey. For children aged 7 and under.

Lower Earley Library                           Monday February 12                         11.15am to 11.45am

Three Tales Theatre Show – Family Theatre show from the Enchanted Players Theatre Company. Come and see these stories performed: Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  For adults and children aged 9 and under.  Places must be booked. £5 charge per person.

Woodley Library                                  Monday February 12                          2.30pm to 3.30pm

 

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 for Children in Lower Earley Library February Half-Term 2018

What’s On for Children in Lower Earley Library  

February Half-term 2018

 Storytime with My Journey Team – Fun stories from the Road Safety Team – My Journey. For children aged 7 and under.

Lower Earley Library          Monday February 12                  11.15am to 11.45am

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

Lower Earley Library          Tuesday February 13          10.30am to 12.30pm

Explore Learning – Fun with Phonics – The children will investigate rhyming words and why they rhyme. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 4 to 6 years old. Places must be booked.

Lower Earley Library          Thursday February 15        9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning – Be a Master Maths SorcererThe children will go through the steps to becoming a maths whiz(ard). Free session with Explore Learning for children aged 7 to 9 years old. Places must be booked.

Lower Earley Library          Thursday February 15        10.45am to 11.45am

Get Arty – Fantastic Beasts arts and crafts for children aged 4 to 12 years old. £1.50 charge, Just drop in!

Lower Earley Library          Friday February 16              11am to 12noon

To book onto any of the events,

Please contact Lower Earley Library on 0118 9312150

 

 

What’s on for Children in Woodley Library February Half Term 2018

What’s On for Children in Woodley Library  

February Half-term 2018

 

Guide Dogs Morning – Just drop into learn and meet guide dogs and their owners. Free event, for children and adults.

Woodley Library                    Monday February 12            10am to 12noon

 Three Tales Theatre Show – Family Theatre show from the Enchanted Players Theatre Company. Come and see these stories performed: Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  For adults and children aged 9 and under.  Places must be booked. £5 charge per person.

Woodley Library                    Monday February 12            2.30pm to 3.30pm

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

Woodley Library                    Tuesday February 13            10.30am to 11am

 Mini Professors – Science based taster session for children aged 2 to 5 years old, Places must be booked.

Woodley Library                    Tuesday February 13           11.15am to 11.45am

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

Woodley Library                    Wednesday February 14      10.30am to 12.30pm

Spooky Creatures with Cathy MacLennan* Come and hear a Spooky story from Illustrator Cathy MacLennan, then create our own fantastical beast collage. For children aged 3 to 8 years old. Places must be booked. £3.50 charge

Woodley Library                    Thursday February 15          11am to 12noon

Explore Learning – Fun with Phonics – The children will investigate rhyming words and why they rhyme. Free session with Explore Learning, for children aged 4 to 6 years old. Places must be booked.

Woodley Library                    Friday February 16                9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning – Be a Master Maths SorcererThe children will go through the steps to becoming a maths whiz(ard). Free session with Explore Learning for children aged 7 to 9 years old. Places must be booked.

Woodley Library                    Friday February 16                10.45am to 11.45am

 

To book onto any of the events, please contact Woodley Library on 0118 9690304