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Primary school receives 100 new books through the Mercury’s campaign

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 15 December 2017

Vicky Angear handing over school books to Mendip Green School head teacher James Oakley and the school's reading champions.

Vicky Angear handing over school books to Mendip Green School head teacher James Oakley and the school's reading champions.


Mendip Green Primary School has received 100 new reads as part of our Books For Schools campaign.

Books for Schools campaign. Books for Schools campaign.

It is the first school in Weston and Worle to win books through the Mercury’s campaign and we are hoping to give out hundreds more to pupils across North Somerset.

The school, in Greenwood Road, runs a number of innovative schemes to encourage children to read.

Torie Walton, assistant headteacher and English lead, said: “Reading is at the heart of our school. We have a plethora of incentives to enable a love of reading to thrive at Mendip Green.

“We have appointed reading champions across our junior classes. The role models for reading will read and review all new library books.

“Their reviews are shared with the school and families, as well as being displayed in the library alongside the new book.

“All genres of reading are valued and celebrated – graphic novels, picture books, poetry, non-fiction as well as stories from all cultures and traditions.

“In addition, there are special shelves within the library containing ‘reading quest’ books which have been carefully selected for each year group.

“These books offer challenge, diversity and will hopefully introduce children to a wider range of authors, illustrators and genre than they might otherwise have encountered. Certificates are offered for each completed stage of the quest.

“Our long-standing relationship with the North Somerset Branch of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups has enabled us to have a number of author and illustrator visits.

“This year, we have started a programme of book-related events to help engage children with a wider range of books. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Owl Babies we had a lovely session making owl babies, drinking hot chocolate and meeting real owls.”

The Mercury is desperate to provide new books to cash-strapped schools across North Somerset to help foster a love of reading in pupils.

Our aim is to give 100 books to a school in Weston each month so they can replenish their libraries.

We are appealing for donations of new and secondhand books and gift vouchers which can be dropped into our office in Waterloo Street.

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