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Hello to all of the children, parents and staff of our wonderful schools.


As we reach the end of term we wanted to tell you a little more about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge from Stoke-on-Trent Libraries and The Reading Agency.


This year our theme is Wild World Heroes and we’re challenging children to visit their local library 3 times and read 6 books during the summer holidays – we’re also challenging children to learn a little bit more about nature and to see if there are any little things that they can do to help the world around them and to become Wild World Heroes themselves!


The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to encourage children to keep reading throughout the summer holidays – when, research shows, there is often a ‘dip’ in literacy levels.


Click on the link below for a short infographic to share in class, assembly or at home which explains the

Summer Reading Challenge and how to join.


Stoke-on-Trent Libraries Summer Reading Challenge by Stoke-on-Trent Libraries on Genially




If you’d like more information about The Summer Reading Challenge then please contact your librarian:

Amy Capewell:

Janet Eardley:

Kylie Scott:

Chris Thomas:

If you’re not sure who your librarian is, don’t worry – get in touch with any of our librarian team, let us know what your school is and your librarian will be in touch!


We hope that you all have a wonderful summer and we look forward to working with all of you in the new academic year!


Many thanks

Amy, Janet, Kylie and Chris - The Librarian Team

Take Ten Reading Challenge!

As part of the National Literacy Trust’s #Take Ten Reading Challenge and in conjunction with Mental Health Week, St Mary’s took ten minutes out of their day to enjoy some reading time. Research from National Literacy Trust shows that children who enjoy reading are three times more likely to have good mental wellbeing. Reading for just 10 minutes a day can help children and young people relax, unwind and explore their emotions.  Here are some of our Year 5 and 6 children enjoying their favourite books.

Oak Academy


Oak National Academy are working with the National Literacy Trust to launch a new online library for pupils. The Virtual School Library hosts free reading and writing content from children’s authors, providing a free-to-access book every week from the platform’s author of the week. This week’s author is Jacqueline Wilson.

A great way to keep children reading at home!