There was a buzz of excitement in the atmosphere at the Academy this week as extremely enthusiastic Year 7 students took part in Bookbuzz, a reading programme from the Book Trust through which every student in the year group was given the gift of a free book.
The programme was run through the Academy’s Library and the books were supplied with financial support from the local charity Let June Make a Difference.
The scheme is designed to encourage reading for pleasure, independent choice and to help develop a reading culture among young readers.
The students were able to choose their own book to keep from a list of 15 titles suitable for 11-13 year-olds. There is a book for every reader on the Bookbuzz list, which includes a wide selection of titles from debut novelists in addition to bestselling titles such as ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio. The most popular student choices were ‘Murder in Midwinter’ and ‘The Girl on a Plane.’
The programme was launched back in October when students were shown a video about the book collection which featured comments from authors, publishers and young people. Following on from this Academy students were able to select the book of their choice.
“Bookbuzz promoted a great deal of excitement and anticipation amongst our Year 7 students,” said Academy Librarian, Mr Naylor. “It has proved to be a wonderful and exciting scheme and is all about the pleasure of reading. It has also introduced students to a variety of different authors.”
Graham Dewhirst and Colin Bradley, two of the trustees from the charity, Let June Make a Difference, presented students with their books during a special assembly.
Mr Naylor said, “I am extremely grateful to Graham and Colin for their financial support in making it possible for us to run this programme and for coming into school to engage and inspire our students.”
The Academy’s Library will stock copies of all the books from the collection, so all the titles will be available for everyone to borrow and read.
A list of this year's Bookbuzz books can be downloaded from the link below: