Here are the previous few MBR Newsletters for you to browse through:
The February MBR newsletter is now available to read. It contains all the details about the Ocean Alive! event that is taking place on the weekend of 5th and 6th March. You can read the newsletter here:
MBR February Newsletter
The November MBR Newsletter is available to read and includes an article about reading reluctance as well as news about the ongoing preparations for next year's Big Read Festival in March. The December newsletter will be available in a couple of weeks.
The MBR October newsletter is now available for you to read. In this month's edition, you can find out more about the plans for next year's book festival (1-10 March 2022) including details about our confirmed presenters. We've also been working on a Book Trail, more details for which are coming soon. There's an article about the benefits of audiobooks and, of course, you can find out about our book of the month. Enjoy!
From this September, the Maidenhead's Big Read team will be producing a monthly newsletter. The September edition is hot off the press and can be accessed here:
Feel free to forward this link to anyone else who may be interested.
Author and illustrator Nick Sharratt joined Cookham Dean school for Maidenhead's Big Read on World Book Day to tell children all about his books and how to draw some of the beautiful illustrations in them. Nick's sessions went extremely well and the children produced some fantastic artwork. Cookham Dean Headteacher Fenella Reekie gave a short poetry recital at the end to thank Nick for his session. Here is her poem.
We’d like to thank you so much Nick
You taught us to draw and you taught us quick
To draw a king in a royal crown
A frog on a lily pad jumping up and down
A parrot on a pirate squawking in delight
And a troll eating goat pie in the middle of the night.
You’ve inspired us to try something different, quite new
And given us ideas during lockdown to do
So we thank you, with our hearts, very much indeed
But we leave you now, we’re going off to read!
Headteacher, Cookham Dean School
4th March 2021
Here are some lovely thank you messages from Year 2 at Cookham Rise school who enthusiastically took part in Arti and Jane's Once Upon a Bus storytelling session. One of the books they read was Stick Man and clearly it went down very well with all the children.
We've had a busy week here at Maidenhead's Big Read!
Simon Mole, the National Poetry Day Ambassador joined us on Wednesday to encourage children to write their own poems and also to talk to them about his book 'Kites'. Simon is clearly a natural teacher and getting the children to produce and recite their own poems was wonderful.
Once Upon a Bus also stopped by with Arti and Jane telling lots of really engaging stories including The Gruffalo, The Witch in the Broom Cupboard and Stick Man. Lots of fun was had by all!
Thursday was, of course, World Book Day and Kate Poels, Nick Sharratt and Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell joined us to present fantastic workshops. The children learned how to plot and prepare a story as well as lots about illustration. All the children took part enthusiastically in all the sessions, asked lots of great questions and many had made wonderful costumes especially for World Book Day.
And we encouraged everyone in Maidenhead to Drop Everything and Read for World Book Day. What did you drop and, more importantly, what did you read?