For years our college has bought into the Bookbuzz scheme that is run by BookTrust. It aims to inspire a love of reading amongst our Year 7 students.  We receive 2 copies of each book on the list for Library stock which helps to create the initial buzz about books – but what is really exciting is that students get to choose one of the 17 brilliant titles from the list to take home and keep!    Different books are selected each year by a panel of experts to encourage reading for pleasure.

BookTrust put together a promotional author video where authors talk about each book. The range is varied, including fiction and non-fiction, all especially chosen for early secondary school students and they get to hear what other young people of their age thought about each of the them too. This year the video was shown to Year 7 students during their fortnightly Library lesson.

Check out the BookTrust website which has lots more detailed information about each title by clicking this link:

We have found that the initiative really helps our new Year 7’s to make good reading choices and think about what books they like to read.  Moreover, they can then borrow any of the other titles on the list from the Library as more often than not, it will have been a difficult choice to narrow down the list to just one title.

This year there is also a competition for Year 7 students to enter. All you have to do is design a new cover for one of the Bookbuzz books. Please collect an entry form from Mrs Cheetham in the Library. Hand in your entry at the Library by Friday 18th February.