Buzzing For Books

Bookbuzz reading scheme 

To continue to inspire our students to read, Westholme School selected Year 8 pupils to be included in Bookbuzz 2017!

During an English lesson in the LRC, Year 8 students have been participating in Bookbuzz; a scheme designed to inspire students to read. They were shown a DVD of 17 carefully selected authors talking about their books. Famous writers such as RJ Palacio (author of ‘Wonder’) and Louis Sachar (‘Holes’ and ‘Fuzzy Mud’) each explained their new publications enthusiastically in order to win the students’ affections. The students then heard from pupils in different schools who had already read the books. They offered a ‘review’ to help Year 8 make their final decision.

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Research shows that allowing students to choose their reading material increases the likelihood that they will engage more in reading. Reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on educational outcomes.

Year 8 pupils waited in anticipation and last week the huge box of brand new books arrived and each pupil received their chosen book to read, take home and keep!

Pupils can now go to the Bookbuzz website to check out their brand new Student Zone which includes a great selection of author blogs, competitions, fun reading challenges and quizzes.

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We are encouraging pupils to share their books by reading passages to parents and friends, discussing the different books and being encouraged to try new authors.

“Bookbuzz stimulates an appetite for reading for pleasure that will last a lifetime.”

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