Library Services for Schools - Cumbria's primary schools book award

Spellbinding Shortlist 2020!

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Spellbinding is a fantastic opportunity to get your year 5's and 6's excited about reading. Now in its 13th year we have put together a new shortlist of books for the Spring Term 2020 that we think children will love to read. This annual book award aims to foster a love of reading and broaden reading horizons by introducing children to exciting new authors and titles. The award also gives pupils the opportunity to read, review and vote for their favourite book out of a shortlist of eleven. There is a range of titles to suit different abilities, a range of genres and titles aimed at both boys and girls. In addition there is a website allowing them to share their views and opinions with children from other schools - for last year's content

To take part, please complete the Booklist sign up form (PDF 1MB)

Primary Spellbinding web site - participating children can log in and leave comments about their favourite books, visit author web sites or try out the activities and quizzes. The staff section includes book review templates, bookmarks and activity ideas to download.

"We would like to take part again as it really gets the children excited about reading different genres of books."  St Bridget's CE School Brigham

"We have done it since the beginning and think it is brilliant." Staveley CE School

"The year 5 children have taken part in the awards this year and have really enjoyed it. Their enthusiasm to read the books and talk about them has been fabulous to hear. Many of them have found books, that they wouldn't normally choose, to be great fun and this has given them the confidence to try new and different genres." Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Barrow.

"Once again our children are really enjoying the Spellbinding experience and it's lovely to see some "reluctant" boy readers actively involved." Victoria Academy, Barrow

"I was very impressed by a year 6 less able reader who persevered to read all 7 books and had a great sense of achievement. All the children who read 7 books were really proud of themselves."

"It certainly raised the profile of reading amongst the children and their parents."

"Children were introduced to other authors and this will lead them to read a wider range of genre."

"Part of our project allowed time for follow up and discussion which developed useful skills in thinking about reading and thinking beyond what they read."

"Many children commented on the fact that they wouldn't have selected some of the books if they'd seen them in the library, yet they were surprised by how much they enjoyed them."

"All the pupils seemed to enjoy the variety and the poorer readers were keen to have a go at the more complex texts."

"Our year 6 are really enjoying the selection - two "reluctant" readers both spotted at playtime reading their books!!."

"My class have really enjoyed taking part in such an exciting project and just before the lockdown happened, reading and discussing the books and rewarding stickers for passports was the highlight of our day"! Broomfield Primary, North Yorkshire