Today at Charles Dickens, the building was awash with weird and wonderful characters from the most amazing range of books!

Both children and adults was dressed up as their favourite characters – who did you think was wearing the best costume?!

Mr Windle organised a fun-packed day and an excellent assembly in which, with Ms Gemmell’s help, we sung our favourite book-related song!

Well done to everyone who dressed up and I hope you had a brilliant day – I know I did!

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A Wonderful Celebration of Books

There were Oompa Loompas, Wally, Harry, Winnie, Biggles, a boy in a dress, Henry ( the Horrid one), Hermione, Cats in Hats, Alice and in lots of ways, a bit of a reading “Wonderland’. We had such an inspiring day including lots of reading (sharing big books and little books with children who were in different classes) and talking about our favourite books, ,meeting authors and illustrators and best of all, being authors and illustrators!

We welcomed Andy Stanton and Peter Bailey to our school to help us celebrate books.

Andy Stanton writes the Mr Gum books and as well as being an amazing writer, it turns out that he is a very funny and clever man. He spoke to all the pupils in key stage 2 about writing, books, imagination and being creative. We think he is possibly our favourite speaker ever and we laughed and smiled so much. Thank you Andy for visiting us, signing books and being inspiring!

We were lucky enough to also welcome Peter Bailey. Peter is a truly wonderful illustrator and we have so many of his beautifully illustrated books in our library. Peter was so generous with this gift, drawing pictures with the children and lots of children were so pleased to have a beautiful picture in their art books. Thank you Peter- we have lots of budding illustrators in the school now!

Thank you to Mr Windle and Mrs Jenkins for organising all the super visitors, the ‘big book, little book’ and the art activities that the children enjoyed yesterday.

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Reading for Pleasure at Charles Dickens Primary School

Our friends at Nosy Crow book publishers recently asked Miss Chapleo to write a blog post for them to tell their readers all about what we have been doing to encourage reading for pleasure at our school.

Visit the Nosy Crow blog to read the full post about our Book of the Month initiative and how we have been rejuvenating our reading corners!


Book of the Month!

This week we launched our first Book of the Month books. Each month we will be selecting a few different titles, including classics, current favourites and new reads, to be shared and discussed throughout the school. You might be able to spot a theme in our book choices each month!

This month’s books are:

Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd
Harry The Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken


Look out for your children bringing one or two home to share with you. See if you can spot our special Book of the Month stickers on their covers!

If there is a particular book that you would like to see as one of our Book of the Month books, please let us know by leaving a reply.