Reading boost earns Bromley school £1,000 prize

PUBLISHED: 16:18 11 December 2012

L-R Ben Travers, Negin Teymuir, Albie Haywood and Evangeline Berks

L-R Ben Travers, Negin Teymuir, Albie Haywood and Evangeline Berks


Innovative ways of getting Bromley pupils reading has earned The Ravensbourne School £1,000 worth of books as part of a nationwide campaign in the memory of author Siobhan Dowd.

Children are urged to ‘take a risk’ in their school library as staff wrap books in brown paper, meaning students have no idea which book they’re borrowing.

The idea was a hit with the Siobhan Dowd Trust, set up shortly before the author died in 2007, who were searching for ideas on how to spread the joy of reading.

Ten schools were chosen to receive £1,000 worth of books each. Ravensbourne school librarian, Eileen Roberts, says it has been “wonderful to see the children so excited by books”.

She added: “We have such fun thinking up ideas to capture the imagination of the students and we all enjoy the activities that make reading books a popular thing to do.”

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