Seven Stories Partnership

Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children's Books, so when St John's wanted to do more to foster a love of reading, we thought who better to help us? We became part of the 'Hooks into Books' scheme, where a special parcel of books arrives each term for us to share and enjoy. These are books that might be by new authors or maybe a little 'different', so it means our school library is varied and keeps on growing. It's really exciting when the books arrive and are unwrapped in assembly...
Our school has been part of the Reader in Residence programme with Seven Stories since 2014. We are so lucky to have a lovely lady called Natasha who visits every Thursday to share stories and encourages us to talk about our reading.
Natasha's first group every week is a family story time session in our conservatory. The session is open to all children in the Early Years and their adult - little brothers and sisters are welcome too! The sessions are fun and lively and are really well attended every week. What a great way to start a Thursday!
Natasha's day then whizzes by, with story and book sessions with children from every class in the school. Children love to share examples of what they've been reading in their spare time and enjoy recommending favourite books and authors to their friends.
We all love Natasha's stories and the way the different books make us think and feel. There's always such a buzz in school on a Thursday!
We don't know how she manages to do it, but Natasha's final job each week is to choose someone to receive a book in our Achievement Assembly at 3pm. Sometimes, the book might even be signed by the author, so is extra special.