Reading for Enjoyment

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library”

Albert Einstein

Story Time

In school we place a great deal of importance on story time. Every class in school has a daily dedicated story time session where we choose a variety of books designed to foster curiosity and interest. The children vote for their daily story from this special collection of books and love to see which stories are chosen!

School Library

At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary we believe that developing a love of reading is vital. We have a high quality library which is well stocked with a variety of both fiction and non-fiction texts covering all genres. Every class in school has their own opportunity weekly to access and explore the library.

Shirebrook Library

We have also developed close links with the local Shirebrook library, who have supported weekly library visits for every class to access the wide variety of books and learn about how to independently find books to borrow.

Author of the Term

Within each year group we have an ‘Author of the Term’ focus, where the children are exposed to age appropriate texts by a mixture of traditional and modern authors to help foster and develop their recognition of a wider variety of authors.

NurseryAxel SchefflerEric CarleDavid McKee
ReceptionOliver JeffersSue HendraNick Sharratt
Year 1Claire FreedmanTony RossGiles Andreae
Janet and Allan AhlbergJudith KerrDr Seuss
Year 2Jill MurphyMartin WaddellRachel Bright
Julia DonaldsonTom FletcherRoald Dahl
Year 3Alan MacdonaldDick King-SmithJeremy Strong
Francesca SimonSteve ColeHolly Webb
Year 4Chris RiddellMichael MorpurgoAF Harold
Guy BassChris MouldPamela Butchart
Year 5Eva IbbotsonPhilip PullmanRobert Swindells
Enid BlytonElen ColdecottPete Johnson
Year 6Cornelia FunkeAnthony HorowitzEoin Colfer
Rick RiordanEmma CarrollDavid Almond

Reading Cafe

Friday morning’s are an exciting time at St Joseph’s Primary, as our weekly Reading Cafes take place in the school hall. These are designed to give parents the opportunity to come in to school and share in their child’s love of reading through sharing books together from our school library over a cup of tea and biscuit. The children come together at the end of the session to enjoy a shared text read aloud by the class teacher, which allows our parents to immerse themselves in the joy of listening to others read also.

World Book Day 2023

We enjoyed celebrating World Book Day 2023. Dressing up as our favourite character and sharing stories with our parents and friends. We love to read at St Joseph’s and enjoy sharing our favourite books and authors with others to inspire them to read also!