This morning 15 KS2 children were lucky enough to visit Moor Allerton Library and take part in a session with author Tom Palmer as part of his Tour De Leeds Libraries in celebration of Le Tour De France.
Tom showed off his bike that he had ridden to the library (Tom will be riding his bike from library to library over the next two weeks), spoke about reading and writing books, about his love of football and read his short story that he has written for the tour about a girl who visits her local library (on her bike).
Everyone enjoyed the morning and posed for a photo at the end of the session with Tom.
World Cup fever has taken over the library!
How many flags do you recognise on display? Can you name all 32 countries participating in the World Cup?
(if you need help you could use an atlas which can be found in the reference section)
Write a book review (collect a football shaped review sheet from Miss Whiteley) and add it to the many already included on the display.
This morning the book club (who have been participating in the Leeds Book Awards since January) accompanied Miss Whiteley and Mrs Glazer to Pudsey Civic Hall to attend the Awards Ceremony.
It was all very exciting, there were over 400 children attending from Primary schools across Leeds. The ceremony was hosted by poet Craig Bradley who told lots of silly jokes and performed some poetry.
Six primary schools each did a performance based upon one of the shortlisted books and then the winner was announced…..
Everyone held their breath.
The winner of the 2014 Leeds Book Awards was –
Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones!
After the ceremony the group had the opportunity to meet the authors (5 of the 6 authors had attended) and have their books or notepads signed.
Everyone left the Awards Ceremony having had a great morning.
However, the exciting day didn’t stop there, at Leeds train station the book club were extremely fortunate to meet Olympic cyclist, Jason Kenny!
The group rode bikes and then had their photograph taken with Jason. What an amazing ending to an already fabulous day!
This Morning years 3, 3/4 and 4 visited Moor Allerton Library to meet author Sarah Shafi.
Author Sarah Shafi reading an extract from one of her books.
Also pictured with her two latest books from the Ridiculous Witches series.
The children heard about how Sarah became a writer and about her books. They then listened to Sarah read from one of her books from the Ridiculous Witches series and afterwards asked lots of great questions.
What an enjoyable morning.
On Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th June Leeds will be celebrating all things wordy. There is planned an adults, young people and children’s programmes.
There is lots on for kids, from making your own bookends to create your own poems to meet authors such as Kate Pankhurst who came into school last summer (wrote the Mariella Mystery books) and much much more.
All the activities and author sessions are included in the festival ticket price which is £3 per day or for the weekend £5 per child (max of 2 per child go free).
For more information visit
The voting has now closed for this year’s Leeds Book Awards. Having thought carefully about the books that they have read over the past few months, deliberated very hard, this I how the group from ACE have voted:
The Great Ice-Cream Heist by Elen Caldecott 0 votes
Battles of Ben Kingdom by Andrew Beasley 0 votes
Ways to See a Ghost by Emily Diamand 0 votes
Osbert the Avenger by Christopher William Hill 0 votes
The Childs Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston 1 vote
Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones 7 votes
Looks like Wild Boy was greatly enjoyed by the group!
I wonder who will win????
The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony at Pudsey Civic Hall on Thursday 20th May.
The Young Editors have been working really hard this week trying to finish reading through the manuscripts. It has all been a bit of a rush because of the Easter holidays, still Mrs Johnston and Miss Whiteley were confident that the Young Editors would finish in time and they have!
Five groups have been reading A Perfectly Ordinary School by Jeremy Strong and another 5 groups have been reading The Girl with the Sunshine Smile.
All the groups thoroughly enjoyed reading the manuscripts and can’t wait for the nextones to become available.
Miss Whiteley posted off the manuscripts to publisher Barrington Stoke this afternoon.
For more information about Barrington Stoke or the Young Editors Scheme please visit
Moor Allerton Library have invited years 3, 3/4 and 4 to an author event on Monday 19th May. Sarah Shafi will be talking about her series of books, Ridiculous Witches and after the session there will be the opportunity to buy a book or two and have them signed before returning to school.
Books will be priced at £4.99 each or 3 for £12.
Thirty Five KS2 children have been competing in the Read for My School Competition since 29th January and have been trying to read as many books as they can. The competition ended today!
As a school the group managed to read 239 books, the people I have nominated to have a chance to win a prize for reading the most books from our school are Abi ( age 7 – 8 category) who read 13 books and Iman (9-11 category) who read an amazing 100 books!
Well Done to everyone who took part!
The group has been reading the six short listed books and we have been swapping our thoughts on them.
With the Easter holidays looming and only one group member, Hannah, who has read all six books so far, the rest of the group will be doing lots of reading over the holidays so that they can cast their votes (each person can vote for their favourite shortlisted book)before the voting deadline on Friday 25th April.
Come back soon to find out which book/s ACE have voted as their favourite/s.
To find out more about the Leeds Book Awards or to read the group’s book reviews please visit www.leedsbookawards.co.uk