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Mark Lemon – Patron of Reading

We are delighted to introduce our new patron of reading for Air Balloon Primary School. Mark Lemon is an award winning local author. Mark has already been into school to visit us on World Book Day and read us one of his stories. He also came in sold signed copies of his books earlier in the year. We hope to be seeing more of Mark soon when he will be coming to work with some of our children on story writing skills.

An extract from his website:

Lemon Drop Books is an award winning children’s book family publishers from Bristol, UK. Disillusioned with the lack of diversity in children’s books, Mark Lemon (with two mixed-race children of his own) decided to create a series of exciting story books with non-white characters. With thrilling tales and beautiful adventures, the Otis & Thea Lemon series is fast becoming a firm favourite in family households.

The debut children’s book from dad-author Mark Lemon, Otis Lemon & The Spectacular Submarine, was awarded the Platinum Junior Design Award 2016 in the Children’s book of the year (with words) (within last 12 months) category. The awards, organised by Junior Magazine, recognise the finest modern toys and books. The Platinum Award is the highest accolade possible and is reserved for those products that go above and beyond the high judging standards and showcase immaculate design.

Past Patron of Reading

Cavan Scott

To Parents and Pupils Cavan Scott our Patron of Reading now has a school email if you would like to email him with discussions on books or have any great stories or ideas for one please contact him on this email address.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 – Reading Recovery by Cavan Scott

Who doesn’t like having stories read to them?

Before half term, I had a special treat as I popped into Air Balloon Hill Primary School in Bristol, where I am Patron of Reading.

To celebrate their Reading Recovery programme, pupils who took part in the scheme read aloud to visitors and each other. If you’re not aware of Reading Recovery, it’s a special programme where five to six years olds who really struggle with reading receive 30 minutes one-on-one time with a specially trained teacher each and every school day.

The results at Air Balloon spoke for themselves.

Gathered in the school library, I listened to children who’d hardly been able to read a word when starting school. Now, they were happily picking up books and reading page after page out loud. I started the session sitting with Ned, who enthusiastically read me the first five pages of The Hobbit and chatted about Bilbo Baggin’s little hole in the ground.

At the end of the end of the session, I talked with Erica Rooney, Air Balloon’s Reading Recovery teacher. She was obviously very moved by the progress of the pupils who’d worked through the programme, and rightly so. What an amazing achievement!

Listening to Ned, I knew exactly what I wanted to say in this month’s post – a big thank you to all the teachers, teachers’ assistants, librarians and parent volunteers who go into school week after week and listen to children read. You are our unsung heroes and deserve all the credit you can get!

Erica Rooney and the Reading Recovery celebration at Air Balloon Hill Primary School

Gross Facts!

In this one I ask the pupils to find the most disgusting facts they can in a non-fiction book, so it would be great if you can encourage them to do this and I’ll read them out in my next message.

Cavan Scott Video

Cavan Scott becomes Patron of Reading at ABHPS

Some good news! We are pleased to say that Cavan Scott has become the Patron of Reading for our school.

What’s a Patron of Reading I hear you ask? Well, its an author that works with a school to promote the love of reading with its pupils. That’s not just fiction too – the scheme takes in non-fiction and comics as well.

Cavan had a brilliant meeting with Mrs Hennessy and Mrs Liley of a couple of weeks ago, when they started to draw up plans for the work he will be doing with the school.

On Monday 6th October, Cavan will be taking assemblies and then running workshops with year five for the rest of the day.

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