I spent two years at Clifton College as a Patron of Reading and had lots of fun. I hope the next Patron finds new and interesting ways to encourage the children to read and enjoy books.
The school is well equipped and the libraries so marvellous that most children do read a huge amount. It was the students from other countries where English was a second language who were struggling but I had some great sessions with them too.
One very interesting phenomenon I noticed when judging the story competition was that the children who hand wrote their stories did much better than those attempting to use a computer. Computer generated work was never read through properly and often made no sense. Good old pencil and paper!
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March 3rd – My first day of workshops and talks at Clifton College.
I saw lots of people reading. Do write and tell me what those interesting looking books were. I’m looking forward to hearing from you. I welcome any comments from the children and staff of all the schools I visit.
Here is the wall outside the Clifton College Pre Library. I am a bit horrified to see my ugly mug up there, but at the same time proud. The pupils at this school love reading.
Many thanks to Ms Jones (Pre Librarian) for making this great display.
Ms Jones has also got some of my books on show in the library. We chatted recently about the Carnegie shortlist and what makes a good book and why some books are just so hard to put down. I took away THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green to read on the librarian’s recommendation. I’m looking forward to that.
Meanwhile I have the Easter Reading competition to judge. I was hoping for picture postcards but I didn’t tell the librarian and Ms Jones very kindly made some special forms for the children to fill in. Thank you!So to make up for not getting pictures I now have some delightful book marks:
Now I’ll never lose my place in my book again.