Having Fun With Books
Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals
We have really enjoyed looking at the books on the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie shortlists this year. 16
students from Ms Gratton’s Year 7 class worked hard to make a
brilliant presentation of David Almond’s book ‘Slog’s Dad’ illustrated
by Dave McKean. As an added bonus our speaker at the event hosted
by Pathfield School was artist and illustrator James Young. The superb
art work made by our pupils is now featured at the Devon School
Library Centre in Barnstaple. We met students from other local
schools who presented their books in a variety of ways, some in
costumes and beautiful masks. Before voting for our favourites the
audience really appreciated the impromptu ‘Wolf Won’t Bite!’ rap
given by our lads. We also went to Barnstaple Museum – very popular
with the students and FREE so do pay a visit yourself! Well done to
the students and thank you everyone for making it such a great visit,
even the singing on the bus was good!
The Carnegie day was hosted by the School Library Services at Rosemoor
Gardens. The guest speaker was former medal winner Mal Peet. Mal visited GTS
students two years ago with the Appledore Book Festival but this time he
brought his solid gold Carnegie medal with him! He congratulated everyone on
their interpretations of the books in such entertaining ways. 11 students from
Year 7 & 8 were coached by English teacher Nicky Taylor and presented another
David Almond book ‘My Name is Mina’ (a prequel to his Carnegie medal winning
Skellig’). Skilful and dramatic presentations including films were given by
Bideford, Braunton, Holsworthy, Park and South Molton schools. There was a very enthusiastic response to
the presentations and then the voting. Later we enjoyed the Quentin Blake exhibition and played on ‘The
Ship’ and the huge seesaw in Lady Anne’s Garden. Visit our library for the latest books and Happy
Reading! Mrs Ward
Dates for your Diary – Appledore Book Festival
Monday 1
October Tim Bowler Tuesday 2
October Ally Kennen
Friday 5
October Chris Higgins
It was a different
Luke Hooper
Enjoyed other
people’s efforts”
Matt Fahy
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