Today is a special day. It’s not only St Valentine’s Day, with all the hearts and flowers and chocolates associated with showing your love for a favourite person, but also Book Giving Day, where you gift someone special something special to read.
With this in mind, I prepared a display in St Michael’s library for the children to express their love of reading, books and authors. They leapt at the chance to make a reading heart, and this was the result.
I had some snapshots of individual hearts that were really beautiful and unusual but my phone seems to have lost them! Apart from the more generic ‘I love reading’, we also had featured authors and books, including:
- Abi Elphinstone
- JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit
- Harry Potter (one child wrote ‘I love Harry Potter so much that I am writing a book based on it!’)
- animal books
In addition, I did a quick search on our library database to see which books were the most borrowed. Bearing in mind the results will still be skewed to reflect the months when we still had the most popular books on the shelves that were repeatedly renewed, these were the results:
- Oi Dog! by Kes and Claire Gray and Jim Field
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, by Jeff Kinney
- Jacqueline Wilson’s books
- Dog Man, by Dave Pilkey
- Supertato, by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
- Disney film adaptations
- Alex Rider series, by Anthony Horowitz (particularly the graphic novels)
- The Fairytale Hairdresser series, by Abie Longstaff and Lauren Beard
- Dinosaur books
- Tom Gates series, by Liz Pichon
- The Dork Diaries series, by Rachel Renee Russell
It will be interesting to see how this is affected by this term’s ‘popular books holiday’!
- Tell me which book it is that you love?
- Do you have a special author who you adore reading?
- Does one particular genre steal your heart?
If you want to find out more about Book Giving Day, and the activities that have been taking place today, visit https://bookgivingday.com/. There are some lovely, heart-warming stories on there!