Here at Book People, we think reading and writing are exciting ways to spend your time but we know not all children may agree with that. Encouraging kids to read and write can be tough when there are so many other things to distract them in this technologically driven world. But, reading books can be the break from the screen that many children need. Plus, getting the opportunity to let their imagination take over and finding themselves in an amazing place can be the perfect escape from the real world. With so many exciting children's and young adult books available right now, taking children to all manner of strange and wonderful places, from Hogwarts to Neverland to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, there are so many options to grab your children's attention. However, it isn't the choice of books that's usually the issue, it's the task of getting them try them out in the first place. With this in mind, one determined teacher at a school in Yorkshire got in touch with us to tell us about her plan to get her students reading.
Miss Honey, an English teacher at Howden School, wanted to encourage her students to get reading and writing over the summer holidays so she created an exciting competition for her kids. The competition involved the students reading a variety of books which they documented with selfies! Once back at school, the students completed fun reading and writing tasks but the ultimate challenge involved the students writing a story based on an image of Hull Fair.
One of the winning students, Martyna Wojcik, aged 11, wrote a beautiful piece. Here's a snippet of her work:
'Crowds gathering, people laughing, toddlers crying...this was the start of Hull Fair. Swept up by the river of people rushing down the street, I gazed in amazement. Luminous lights in all directions, blinding all who watch in awe. Never have I seen such a sight.'
Martyna won a set of the hilarious Geek Girl books by Holly Smale. The other winner, Ellie-Diane Wilson-Waltham, also aged 11, won a copy of James Dashner's thrilling The Maze Runner. The books were donated by us to support Miss Honey's competition.