There was a real buzz in school this week as every student in Year 7 received their brand new book from Bookbuzz.

Bookbuzz is a reading programme from The Book Trust, which supports schools to encourage reading for pleasure, independent choice and to develop a whole school reading culture. Students can choose from seventeen books, carefully selected by a panel of experts who ensure the Bookbuzz programme is fully inclusive and offers something for every student.  The scheme, designed to be flexible, is paid for by TCS library and has been delivered jointly each Autumn Term by the English Department and Library staff.

Mrs Masterman, School Librarian explains “Choice is central to engaging students with reading, however, coming up to secondary school with a larger library can be overwhelming.  Bookbuzz provides a really high quality focus of attractive new books with a great selection of award winning authors, and really does create a “buzz” in December about reading because students get their very own book to keep as an early Christmas present!”

This year the most popular choice by far from the 2019 Bookbuzz list was the quick read “Still Water” by the award winning writer and illustrator Chris Priestly – an atmospheric and spooky ghost story, guaranteed to send chills down your spine! Coming a close second the engaging American author Kwame Alexander with his novel “The Crossover” told in free verse about 14 year old twins who are basketball players wrestling with the ups and downs of the game. In third place came the vibrant and entertaining non-fiction book “Animal Records” by National Geographic Kids – bursting with interesting facts and colourful pictures!

Pictured below are some of our Year 7 students helping library staff to sort and pack the choices for this year which were then distributed to all tutor groups so students had their new book for our December Drop Everything and Read celebration yesterday.