time out to download and freely photocopy bookplates from this
website for children without access to a computer at home
let them choose their favourites;
an occasional "book-plating" session during school lunch
times - children may want to colour in and decorate some of the
black and white plates, a perfect wet break activity;
a Home Library notice board: young readers post information about
their latest good buy, recommend places to find good second-hand
books, pin up reviews, list their top ten favourite books and
up a "book swap" scheme so that well-loved favourites
can change hands;
children to write wonderful reviews and submit them to us at the
Home Library website;
the children to enter the Home Library competitions as soon as
they are posted;
for a bit of fun, run a competition to see who finds the best
book for the lowest price.
Remember that the website will be the focus and platform for the
activities you set up, so do stay in touch and share your good ideas.
That way, your pupils may find their tips and recommendations on
the website and not just on the class notice board!
Book Reviews - a note to parents and teachers
Some young readers have written in to recommend Dave Pelzer's
book A Child Called It and its sequel The Lost Boy.
However, these books, which recount quite appalling physical mistreatment
of a young child by his mother, were never written for young readers
so we felt we should post a warning to teachers and parents that
these books were written for adults and would not necessarily be
books that they would recommend. At the same time you should be
aware that the books are clearly enjoying playground popularity
and perhaps you should read them and find out what the appeal is!
Greg Flucker, 13, says, This book is great and makes you appreciate
how lucky we all really are and all the little luxuries we have.
About The Lost Boy, Tom Higginbottom writes: This
is the sequel to the best selling A Child Called It. This
is an autobiography by Dave Pelzer about how he escapes from his
evil mother. He gets into all sorts of trouble, running away from
home and school. He spends time in lots of foster homes. In the
first foster home he gets too attached. He is very sad to leave
these people who have been his parents for one and a half years
but he doesn't have a choice. The first thing he knows about moving
is when there is a car outside ready to pick him up. In other homes
he learns not to get too attached, just hoping he could go back
to his first foster home. This is a good book for older children,
teenagers and adults. This book was hard to put down and makes you
want to find out what happens to David next.