Summer Reading Challenge

Looking for something to do this summer? Oblivious to an obvious choice?

If not only for your own enjoyment, then for a little competition- the Summer Reading Challenge gives everyone something worthwhile to read.

It’s all completely up to you! Read as many books from any of the following categories as you can. But make sure you only enter one book per category. Either pick out your own book from outside school, or books that the library has categorised especially.

The winner with the most amount of books read can choose new books to join the library shelves. Which book do you keep begging for the library to get? Well, now you have a chance to choose!

Keep a record of the book title that you have read and their category- either print out the form below or go old school and write it down. Remember to include your name and form!

All entries are to be returned to the library for back to school in September. But that’s more than a month of page- turning excitment away. So for now:

Let the Summer Reading Challenge commence…

  • Beach Read: take it easy- light and breezy

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  • Summer Romance: featuring a (preferably soppy) love story

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  • Overboard: sail the seven seas between the pages

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  • Bright as Day: the front cover has a bright image

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  • Take Off: fly away abroad to explore another country

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  • Ice- Cream Needed: book + food= amazing, book featuring food= true summer

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  • Strawberries and Cream: read about any summer sport

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  • Sun’s Out: anywhere based in a sunny land with lots of outdoors

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  • Season Change: a change of all the seasons in one book

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  • Summer Tunes: listen to an audiobook

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  • Lemonade and an Umbrella: a character can’t not drink a summer drink

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  • Not so Long and Dreary: immerse yourself into a classic

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  • B for Beach: read any book written by another who’s name starts with ‘B’

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  • Paradise Island: set on a desert Island

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  • Quests aren’t Holidays: a character goes on an adventure, mission or quest

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  • Verses of Sun: read some poetry… honestly, they’re so much better than you think!

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  • Flourishing: the front cover features a flower

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  • Giggles: read a funny book that makes you lol

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  • Outside the Box: crosses between universes

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  • Book’s Better: read a book that was later turned into a film

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  • Sunburnt Kids: a group of young children outside or on holiday

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  • Short and Sweet: read a book of short stories

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  • Indian Summers: read a book set in mainland India

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  • That’s my Name: one of the main character’s name begins with ‘T’

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  • Once Upon a Time: based on a fairy-tale or old folk story

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  • Back in Time: set in the past centuries

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  • Proud of Pride: in the genre of LGBT+

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  • Curiouser and Curiouser: something that you’ve been waiting to read for a very long time

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  • Glinting in the Sun: featuring a special/ magical object

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  • Red: read a book that has ‘red’ in its title or the colour red on it’s front cover

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  • Let it Out: characters argue or fight with 2 people

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  • Spend it: a book that costs more than £8.99 (tag on  back)

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  • Joy: the protagonist smiles a lot

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  • Refreshing the Senses: involves somebody taking a splash in the pool or sea

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  • Go Long: a book with more than 650 pages

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Great prize, great books, great summer

 

Don’t get the brain drain over summer and turn into a robot- interpret the titles however you wish, as long as there is some sort of plausable reason. Have fun this summer and make sure to comment below:

 

Which books are you most looking forward to read?

Which books  do you think need to be in the library?

Summer Reading Challenge

Looking for something to do this summer? Oblivious to an obvious choice?

If not only for your own enjoyment, then for a little competition- the Summer Reading Challenge gives everyone something worthwhile to read.

It’s all completely up to you! Read as many books from any of the following categories as you can. But make sure you only enter one book per category. Either pick out your own book from outside school, or books that the library has categorised especially.

The winner with the most amount of books read can choose new books to join the library shelves. Which book do you keep begging for the library to get? Well, now you have a chance to choose!

Keep a record of the book title that you have read and their category- either print out the form below or go old school and write it down. Remember to include your name and form!

All entries are to be returned to the library for back to school in September. But that’s more than a month of page- turning excitment away. So for now:

Let the Summer Reading Challenge commence…

  • Beach Read: take it easy- light and breezy

______________________________________________________

  • Summer Romance: featuring a (preferably soppy) love story

______________________________________________________

  • Overboard: sail the seven seas between the pages

______________________________________________________

  • Bright as Day: the front cover has a bright image

______________________________________________________

  • Take Off: fly away abroad to explore another country

______________________________________________________

  • Ice- Cream Needed: book + food= amazing, book featuring food= true summer

______________________________________________________

  • Strawberries and Cream: read about any summer sport

______________________________________________________

  • Sun’s Out: anywhere based in a sunny land with lots of outdoors

______________________________________________________

  • Season Change: a change of all the seasons in one book

______________________________________________________

  • Summer Tunes: listen to an audiobook

______________________________________________________

  • Lemonade and an Umbrella: a character can’t not drink a summer drink

______________________________________________________

  • Not so Long and Dreary: immerse yourself into a classic

______________________________________________________

  • B for Beach: read any book written by another who’s name starts with ‘B’

______________________________________________________

  • Paradise Island: set on a desert Island

______________________________________________________

  • Quests aren’t Holidays: a character goes on an adventure, mission or quest

______________________________________________________

  • Verses of Sun: read some poetry… honestly, they’re so much better than you think!

______________________________________________________

  • Flourishing: the front cover features a flower

______________________________________________________

  • Giggles: read a funny book that makes you lol

______________________________________________________

  • Outside the Box: crosses between universes

______________________________________________________

  • Book’s Better: read a book that was later turned into a film

______________________________________________________

  • Sunburnt Kids: a group of young children outside or on holiday

______________________________________________________

  • Short and Sweet: read a book of short stories

______________________________________________________

  • Indian Summers: read a book set in mainland India

______________________________________________________

  • That’s my Name: one of the main character’s name begins with ‘T’

______________________________________________________

  • Once Upon a Time: based on a fairy-tale or old folk story

______________________________________________________

  • Back in Time: set in the past centuries

______________________________________________________

  • Proud of Pride: in the genre of LGBT+

______________________________________________________

  • Curiouser and Curiouser: something that you’ve been waiting to read for a very long time

______________________________________________________

  • Glinting in the Sun: featuring a special/ magical object

______________________________________________________

  • Red: read a book that has ‘red’ in its title or the colour red on it’s front cover

______________________________________________________

  • Let it Out: characters argue or fight with 2 people

______________________________________________________

  • Spend it: a book that costs more than £8.99 (tag on  back)

______________________________________________________

  • Joy: the protagonist smiles a lot

______________________________________________________

  • Refreshing the Senses: involves somebody taking a splash in the pool or sea

______________________________________________________

  • Go Long: a book with more than 650 pages

______________________________________________________

Great prize, great books, great summer

 

Don’t get the brain drain over summer and turn into a robot- interpret the titles however you wish, as long as there is some sort of plausable reason. Have fun this summer and make sure to comment below:

 

Which books are you most looking forward to read?

Which books  do you think need to be in the library?

How to Read More

I agree. Reading’s hard work; especially when you’re thinking of all the other books that you just have to read. The stress of it all can make you want to skip the book you’re on- if only for the satisfaction of getting through your 49th book this year.

The book you’re reading at the moment, however breath-taking, can still become a bit of a drag when you look at the long, dreaded, ever-growing list of books to buy and read. It’s like some sort of serpent that grows longer and longer until it’s ready to coil itself around you…okay- maybe not that serious.

Sitting down (even finding the time to do that) and reading with all these distractions flying around your head can make you struggle to enjoy the present page flicking moment.

If only you had a little more time…*

 

1.           Trust the person who brings a book. Everywhere. If there’s one advantage of technology, it’s that you can (not only read this time- consuming blog) read on your phone, kindle or kobo. Not only are they light, but super easy to carry around which means…yep! You can take your book anywhere and everywhere. Journeys to school, trips to the shops, in the car and basically wherever you want. All those small 5 minute bursts of reading will add up before you know it.

 

2.          Remember those old-fashioned heavy lumps of papers? They were pretty popular back in the day. It can help sometimes just to change the format that you’re reading on. Don’t get put off by the weight of 459 pages. Real life, hardback paper books can be a real investment. Expensive, yes- but owning a book that’s yours- and only yours- one that you can hold in your hands and feel the weight on your hands covered with paper cuts-that’s a reading experience. Changing to either a digital or paper book could also change your attitude and motivation to reading.

 

3.          Audiobooks. A gift from God. Whether you borrow one from the library to listen to on car journeys or download one on your phone- you can never go wrong. Unless, of course, the reader’s voice is so irritatingly annoying. In which case, I advise you to find another version of the book. When you can put up with the most terrible pronunciation of names, you can put up with anything. Think about the time you can save and how much you can read- or listen too- when walking from one place to another.

 

4.          Shorten your too read listen. Yep- you heard me.

‘So many books, so little time’.

So use those great prioritisation skills to help you fine tune what books you really want to read.  Use libraries to help- try reading a few chapters of a book before buying a copy yourself, especially if it’s a new author. You’re welcome, I’ve just saved you a ton money! Of course, the downside to a reader’s open mind is that you’ll probably end up with a few more books on your mind after a library visit. Perhaps even try a few short stories, poetry or even blogs… it is still reading after all!

 

5.          Do you have a regular reading habit? Find a quiet place. Sitting in the same room as a sibling playing ‘fortnite’ and constantly hearing the roar of guns is not very helpful.  Sit in your own comfort- try to make it a regular pattern, that way you’re more likely to stick to it. Through doing this you’re automatically reminded of the peaceful reading times you spend nearly every day at the same place. 

 

Now- do you really have any excuses for not having the time to read? Stop reading this blog: go and find yourself a good old book.

 

*I am not a magical witch who can summon and create time- but there are so many ways to make time for time… so I guess I am a magical after all

World Book Day at AGGS, 1st March 2018

World Book Day, 1st March 2018Schools, libraries, and bookshops all celebrated the 21st World Book Day on March 1st. Here at AGGS staff shared their favourite stories with pupils during a special lunchtime book reading session. Thanks to Mrs Clark, Mr Lovelady, Mrs Cleary, Mr England and Mr Hodgson for dazzling us with a diverse selection of novels and poems.

Mr. England Read World Book Day Mrs Clark Read on World Book Day

Book Promotion Blind Date

Book Promotion Blind Date Book Promotion Blind DatePupils chose a hand-wrapped book tagged with clues to give them an idea of what is inside. The books were specially chosen by the librarians as their favourite books. The idea was to promote reading over the holidays and “Don’t Judge a Book by it’s Cover”.

World Book Day Thursday 1st March

I Believe in Book Fairies

On World Book Day, Thursday 1st March, to celebrate reading and promote books, the librarians will be organising a Book Fairies Event.

What are Book Fairies?

Book Fairies hide books around the world, every day, for other people to find, read, then leave for the next person.  This World Book Day you can get involved too and share your books.

Want to get involved?

  • Choose one of your own books that you think someone else might love
  • Decorate it with a ribbon (optional)
  • Come to the library to get an I Believe in Book Fairies Sticker (from 26th February)
  • Hide your book somewhere around school on Thursday 1st March
  • We’d love to see what you leave and find so please share your books on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #AGGSbookfairies and #ibelieveinbookfairies

Book Fairies

Give a book a new lease of life this World Book Day and pass it on for someone else to enjoy.