Over the month of October the focus for reading was poetry in all beautiful shapes and sizes.
In celebration of this, our new featured authors are a perfect pair of poets whose latest book 'Reaching the Stars' is a celebration of extraordinary women and girls throughout history.
Liz Brownlee is a poet who is keen about animals. She has a very specially trained medical alert dog called Lola, who is by her side at all times. She is also a National Poetry Day Ambassador!
Michaela Morgan has been writing since 1987! With over 140 titles under her belt, including her latest poetry book 'Michaela's Wonderland: Alice in Poetry' which was shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award!
Check out links to their pages below!
Check out their response to our interview questions below!
After the success of the first featured author interview, Mrs Leath and the St Michaels' Reading Role Models decided to try contacting other authors to see if they would be happy to answer interview questions. A staggering 37 authors responded! Featured here are some of the great books we'll be getting to read!
With Mrs Leath busy sending off all the interview questions and the children enjoying a well earned half term break, you would think there wouldn't be time to fit in anything else...
...good thing we at St Michael's like to keep busy! Check out some of these photographs taken during the Spooky Welly Walk in Sefton Park! Mrs Leath took part in special story telling sessions during the course of the day, that is of course, until big storm Brian managed to blow the tent away!
This October the Reading Role Models took on the Readathon Sponsored Reading challenge. Their aim was to read as many books as possible within two weeks and to try and raise a little money for a good cause.
They were exceptional, raising more than £150 and reading over 145 books between them! The money raised will be donated to the Readathon Charity. Well done Reading Role Models, you've made us all proud!
For more information check out the link below.
This month's featured author is Catherine Cooper, author of the legendary Jack Brennin stories.
Having worked as a primary school teacher Catherine has moved on to writing for children and has published several fantasy books.
The first of these books - The Golden Acorn was the winner of the 2010 Brit Writers Awards and is available for free to download on most devices! Here is a link to download it. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Golden-Acorn-Book-Adventures-Brenin-ebook/dp/B004EHZDBQ/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1506376207&sr=8-1&keywords=the+golden+acorn
On Friday (8th September) our Reading Role Models held their first official meeting. Items on the agenda included creating a proper timetable for meetings and outlining and deciding what duties to undertake.
We're looking forward to holding more meetings in the future!
Taking part in the challenge is simple: join up at a local library and borrow a book. Every time a child borrows a book from the library they can earn a small prize. If they manage to go six times over the summer they earn a medal and a special certificate!
Here at St Michael's our goal is to see at least 58 children bringing in their completed challenge certificates.
Check out the link below to learn more or simply pop into your local library. It's a great way to keep children reading over the summer and best of all it's totally free!
What's not to like?
Spring is well and truly in the air which makes this month's author the perfect choice. Dick King-Smith is perhaps best known for his story 'The Sheep Pig' which was turned into the 1990's classic film 'Babe'.
Before writing children's books he was a farmer and used outdoor life as the inspiration for most of his works. "Writing my books is like handing out presents" he once said. Having just read and enjoyed 'Lady Lollipop' we can't help but agree!
This author is a man who really needs no introduction. You only need to ask our year 5's about Chocolate Cake and they can recite it word for word!
With popular titles such as 'We're Going on Bear Hunt' and 'Burping Bertha' it's little wonder that he is so well loved. He's also an excellent performance poet, with many of his poems being performed online. March's author of the month is none other than Michael Rosen. Check out some of his poetic performances on the link below!
Monday the 16th of January will see the release of the new edition of St Michael's Newspaper: One Voice. For one week only we will be selling a new bumper issue including staff interviews and a special 'Gramma Man' comic supplement!
There will be a reading Café for junior children on Tuesday and infant children on Wednesday to give everyone a chance to enjoy their paper with friends.
At only 20p a copy, what's not to like?
This November we are celebrating all things Non Fiction and so in recognition of his amazing work our 'Author of the Month' is the man behind the 'Horrible Histories' series: Terry Deary.
Since 1994 he has written more than 200 books which have sold over 25 million copies world wide.
Head out to your local library to see history made horribly interesting!
Looking for something to do this half term? Why not come down to Sefton Park and take part in the Spooky Welly walk. Every year the Spooky Welly walk is held with funds raised going to benefit the Roy Castle Foundation.
This year St Michaels' very own Mrs Leath will be there to take part in story time sessions run by the Liverpool Library Service. We would love to see you there!
Tickets are available by clicking on the following link:
This month St Michael's will be focusing on the legendary Roald Dahl as the world stops to acknowledge his 100th anniversary. His books have become icons with more than half of them being turned into films (some of them several times)! With titles like 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'George's Marvellous Medicine' and 'Matilda' there's something out there to suit everybody. Pick up a Dahl today!
Head down to your local library and take up the Summer Reading Challenge, where you can work towards prizes for every book you manage to read during the summer holidays.
This year's theme is Roald Dahl based: The Big Friendly Read!
Have a look at the link below to head to the website and get more information.
As part of our continuing work this year to promote reading for pleasure, the staff and children of St Michael's decided to take up the challenge of working for the Reading Quality Mark. The Reading Quality Mark is an award given out by the National Literacy Trust in recognition of outstanding dedication to reading.
The award is given on three levels: bronze, silver or gold and is only given out after a full inspection and assessment takes place.
St Michael's had their assessment on the 11th of July and we are proud to announce that we were awarded the gold level! This would not be possible without the hard work, effort and commitment shown by the staff, children and all of our wonderful parents, carers and friends.
On behalf of the school we would like to say a big thank you! Happy Reading everyone! And enjoy your summer break!
Every Thursday morning this half term we have been inviting parents to come into class and share a story with their children. The sessions have been an enormous success, with children earning prizes for collecting special 'stickers' every time a family member or carer comes to read with them. Our first two prizes went to two lovely children in the Quick Thinkers!
This week's book of the week has been chosen by Mrs Leath in honour of the great playwright, William Shakespeare. It has been 400 years since the day Shakespeare passed away, leaving the world a legacy that will last for 400 more.
This week's 'Book of the Week' is a child friendly version of his most famous play: Hamlet! Find it in our junior library today!
'Murder most foul, an action packed retelling of Shakespeare's dark tale of revenge and murder!'
With the Blue Peter Book Awards just announced and the shortlists for the Kate Greenway/Carnegie Book Awards already out it's worth having a look into books that are currently topping the book charts.
Check out the link below for a look into what's hot for reading!
Luke is a comic-mad eleven year old who shares a treehouse with his
geeky older brother, Zack. Luke's only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he's gone, an alien gives his undeserving never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe. Luke is massively annoyed about this but when Zack is kidnapped by his arch-nemesis, Luke and his friends have only five days to find him and save the world.....
Coming soon to our library!
The Wicked Witch of the West poses for a moment next to Dorothy, Glenda the Good Witch of the North and the Scarecrow!
On March the 17th the book store chain 'Waterstones' will award it's annual Children's Book Prize to one amazing and talented author. For a list of the finalists please see the link below.
The first week of February saw St Michael's fall in love with books all over again as children's author Cathy Cassidy visited the school to talk about the importance of reading, writing and daydreams!
We also saw our second ever Harry Potter Night in which more than 50 families packed out our junior hall to take part in activities and special story time sessions!
The news was so big it made the top page in the St Michael's website! To see more about it check out the link below!
As part of a special 'one off' choir performance at the Rowan Garth Care Home two of our pupils performed a special reading of the famous poem 'A Night Before Christmas'. The residents were thrilled to hear their performance which they'd worked very hard for.
This November pupils from the Hot Shots Class took part in a challenge set by 'Penguin' Books. The challenge was linked to the release of the book 'Wonder' by R.J. Palacio.
The challenge itself was simple: for every kind deed the children performed they would earn a special 'Kind pebble'. This could then be placed in a specially labelled jar. They were given two weeks to fill this jar with 'Kind Pebbles' and true to form our Hot Shots did it in one!
Their reward was five free copies of the book along with copies of other books by the same author.
Well done Hot Shots for showing us what being kind is really about!
Our yearly World Book Day event is back and bigger than ever! Featuring two reading based dance performances from St Michael's children as well as a new story read by our very own deputy head Mr Ronan! This year's contest was saw three staff contestants battle it out to see who could read the best story out loud to the whole school.
The winner? Our very own Reading Ambassador Mrs Leath!