Today we can order books from bookshops online. I LOVE bookshops and I also love libraries (which we can’t visit at Level 3). So i thought it would be a prefect time to celebrate go-to places for book lovers: LIBRARIES and BOOKSHOPS!
Some of you will be going back to school tomorrow and some of you will continue to learn and explore in your bubbles.
Daniel (11) wrote a poem to celebrate his neighbourhood library because he can’t visit it at the moment! So I thought this would be a cool thing to do too.
Challenge: write a poem for your favourite bookshop or library or librarian or bookseller.
I will have at least one book to give away.
– For Jos and Kerri of Whitby Library
In this lockdown
I have books
I have ebooks
I have audio books
I have school books
I even have library books
Can’t return books
Read 100 times books
But I don’t have a librarian
To quiz me
And tease me
And suggest things to me
And reserve things for me
And pretend the only person in the library is me
And remind me how much they know me
I can’t visit and that is sad for me
But I have learned how important my librarians are
They have known me my whole life
My reading life
My school life
My travelling life
They know just about everything
And I know the first place I will be heading
After this lockdown
Daniel L (Age 11, year 7, Hadlow School)
I wrote a poem about libraries for my book The Letterbox Cat
‘The Library’ by Paula Green in The Letterbox Cat (Scholastic)
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There is no deadline while we are living in our bubbles! Every Friday I will post some work by children. I will always answer your emails but not straightaway. If I haven’t replied after 3 or 4 days nudge me as I may have missed it.
You can also try these Poetry Box activities:
Listen to Ashley (8) read: try my dinosaur, pets and swip swap challenges
Have fun with SOUNDS, muck around with WORDS
Listen to Amelia (8) read 3 poems from The Treasury and try my activities
Listen to Philippa Werry read her poem and try her simile challenge
Make a memory album or page
Try my lost-wonder challenges and listen Sarah Ell’s new book Lost Wonders!
Loads of MAKING ideas inside and outside
Do something rainy or snowy! Watch me read my rain and cold poems from The Letterbox Cat
Listen to Melinda Szymanik read her alien mother story and try your own
Send me pictures, photos or poems of curious things you see on your walks
Listen to Maisie and I read fish poems and invite you to do fishy things
Listen to my unpublished very very very strange tail story and do some illustrations for it or invent your own strange tail!
Try writing a postcard poem from where you’d like to be!
Mixed up animals and hear Paula read ‘Anifables’ poem
Sally Sutton’s magic hat challenge
Celebrate your hero and listen to Barbara Else read
Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library
Try my Pass the Poem challenge with friends and family by phone or email
Write draw video comic strip letters poems stories about being in your bubble
My cloudy challenges and hear my cloud poem
My thank our supermarket workers challenge
Listen to me read Aunt Concertina and offer a cool challenge
Listen to me read my poem ‘Lick Lick Riff’ dog poem and offer a doggy cat tiger bat any animal challenge
Check out David Hill’s wonderful photo challenge
Listen to Swapna Haddow read her book and try a rabbit challenge
Try Johanna Aitchison’s hunt the teddy challenges
Ruth Paul reads her muddy poem and I offer muddy challenges