JAB North met tonight to enjoy biscuits and books in spite of the heat! The chocolate was slightly sticky, but the conversation was brilliant!
We were delighted to welcome Naomi from the library who came to talk to us about this year's Summer Reading Challenge and Peter from Beanstalk who came to tell us all about their work in schools.
We then discussed our two books for the term: Fabio and The Return of the Railway Children. Both of these are on this year's long list, both in the 'Read Aloud' Category. 'Fabio' was thought to be very appealing for the Year 3/4 age range with lots of potential for sharing, and enjoying, with a class. The group were divided over the bright pink and green pages- some thinking them great fun, whilst others found them hard to read.
'The Return of the Railway Children' was a very popular choice. Many of us have fond memories of the original story- and the film version- and really enjoyed discussing how the characters had developed from the original. There were many aspects to the plot which were also felt to be relevant/ good for discussion.
We also discussed 'Thornhill' which was a great hit with those who have read it. Pam Smy's fabulous artwork was much admired and there was very lively chat about the story. Many of us are looking forward to seeing more from her!
The next books we have chosen to read are 'Sky Song' by Abi Elphinstone and 'The Book Case' by Dave Shelton.