The Old Hall School


Dear Readers,

Welcome back to the second half of the Michaelmas term!  I hope you all had a good break and perhaps found the time to relax and read a book or two. I did lots of reading, of course, and enjoyed losing myself in a good story.  I like this time of year when nature starts to slow down and the nights draw in: it encourages us to take up more indoor pursuits in the evenings. Reading, perhaps snuggled up cosily by the fire, is one of the best autumn/winter pastimes – in my opinion.

You may remember from my last ‘Holdall’ that I am always really excited when I find books about worms (or Erics, or even books written by Erics...), so I was thrilled to find a book entitled ‘I Can Only Draw Worms’ by Will Mabbitt. This book was recommended in The Book Trust’s ‘Great Books Guide’.  It is reported to be a funny and entertaining book that asks the question, ‘What happens when an illustrator can only draw worms?’. Quite simply, he makes them different!  One has glasses, one is yellow and one is tragically cut in half! And two worms have an amazing (imaginary) journey in space.  It looks like a good book, and I wondered if the illustrator might have included a picture of Bookworm. That would be nice: we are a sadly overlooked species... it would be easy to draw a Bookworm, wouldn’t it, even for the least talented of artists?

I enjoyed browsing through the ‘Great Books Guide’ and I thought I would pass on to you those titles that appealed to me.  Please let me know what you think of them if any of your children read them.

For pre-school children

‘A Busy Day for Birds’ by Lucy Cousins

‘Quiet!’ by Kate Alizadeh

Age 4 – 7

Anywhere Farm’ by Phyllis Root

‘Izzy Gizmo’ by Pip Jones

‘Cinnamon’ by Neil Gaiman

Age 7 – 10

Tales from Weird Street’ by Anne Fine – one of my favourite authors!

‘The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart’ by Stephanie Burgis

‘Stuff You Should Know About the Human Body’ by John Farndon

Age 10+

‘100 Women who made History’ published by Dorling Kindersley

‘The Song from Somewhere Else’ by A F Harrold

‘Ruby Redfort – Look into my Eyes’ by Lauren Child

And finally, one to challenge older readers (or adults)

‘Welcome to Nowhere’ by  Elizabeth Laird – this is a story about a 12-year-old boy living in Syria.  It is 'perfect for developing understanding of conflict and the refugee crisis’.

Happy reading!



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