Thursday 19 February 2015

Book Bench Completed

Pupils from Broadford Primary School completed their very own book bench this week, with the help of artist Jenny Leonard. Inspired by the The National Literacy Trust's Books about Town project in 2014 the pupils asked if they could have their very own book bench for the library area:

"I went on the trail with the other Spinebreakers. We loved the amazing book designs and the art that had been created. When we got back to school we asked our School Council if they could persuade Mr Drakes to buy one for us!"
Sienna Nickson - aged 8 Rowan Class

Miss Sparkes, the school librarian, consulted with the children and asked about their favourite books and characters. These ideas were then put together to form the basis of the design.

"It was great to hear the children talking so excitedly about their favourite book characters. We have also had a number of authors to visit and it was a fabulous way of creating a lasting memory of how they have encouraged the children to read"
Miss Roseanne Sparkes - school librarian

In the Summer of 2014, trails of benches shaped as open books, decorated by professional illustrators and local artists, appeared around London for the public to enjoy. The National Literacy Trust, which was established in 1993, is an independent charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK - their Patron is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. They work to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK's most disadvantaged areas via community projects, support for schools and campaigning.

If you were to design a book bench of your own, what characters or books would you choose?

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