Reading Tip

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you to all the parents who helped get their children organised for WORLD BOOK DAY on Friday. The children (and the teachers!) had a wonderful time.

We were so busy enjoying WORLD BOOK DAY that we didn’t send out our Weekly Reading Tip.   Here it is…

Picture books are for older readers too!

As anyone who has spent 3 or 4 years building a library collection’s worth of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books will tell you, picture books can be an enthralling read for many younger children. Then, as children get older, they move away from picture books towards novel texts. However there are a number of wonderful authors and illustrators who produce picture books with content and imagery more suitable for older children. Our favourites are mentioned below:

David Weisner – an American author and illustrator who produces wonderfully illustrated (almost completely wordless) books. Last year, Burford used his picture book ‘Flotsam’ as the inspiration for our Creative Arts Week. His books ‘Tuesday’ and ‘Freefall’ are also worth a read – older children can create their own words and dialogue to accompany the pictures.

Shaun Tan – an Australian author, illustrator and film maker, writes books filled with short stories, which are beautifully told and illustrated. ‘Tales of Outer Suburbia’ features many heart-warming stories, including Mrs P’s all-time favourite short story ‘The Dugong’. ‘The Lost Thing’, ‘The Red Tree’ and ‘The Arrival’ are similarly worth a read.

Anthony Browne – a very well-known British picture book author and illustrator, his books can reach children of all ages, however older children may be better placed to understand some of social themes subtly threaded through his books, tackling such subjects as family relationships, bullying, gender equality and animal rights. ‘Zoo’, ‘Gorilla’, ‘Willy The Wimp’, ‘Into The Forest’ and ‘Piggybook’ are all excellent reads.

Libby Hawthorn – an Australian author and illustrator, who produced one of the finest picture books for older children, ‘Way Home’, themed around life on the streets for young homeless people, a book which is still popular in schools today.

Colin Thomson – an English/Australian author and illustrator, who crafts inspiring, thought-provoking journey stories themed around mortality. ‘How To Live Forever’ and ‘Falling Angels’ are classic reads, with beautifully-designed, detailed illustrations that deserve time to explore.

Thanks for reading.

Mrs Puddephatt, Mrs Andrews, Mrs Barton