World Book Day 2013


Our vote for this World Book Day’s favourite book is Holes by Louis Sachar.

This book has proven itself as a “must read” for Year 6 students, including reluctant readers, at school and at home for parents too. It’s storyline is very clever, intertwining different stories which in its conclusion come together to provide a very satisfying ending to the tale.

While this book fits the bill as a novel that children can read for pure pleasure, it also provides an amazing amount of discussion topics including valuable PSHE areas - as, in contrast to many books, it can be related to real life and the hardships many people experience, yet with a clever angle so it never appears depressing, more “enlightening” and thought provoking.

So we recommend it as great book to read in class as it can form the basis of many discussions and also we thoroughly recommend it for parents too – it will similarly have “grown ups” transfixed (my husband and I were addicted to it!) and will therefore enable parents to create their own “life” based discussions at home, while demonstrating a valuable shared interest both in the child’s reading choice and education.

As a further reward for sharing the book at home, we also had a family film show watching the story on DVD. Yet another great shared experience. (Top tip: the film on its own isn’t as inspirational as the book but is well worth viewing after reading the book.)

So if you’re looking for a good book to share in school or as a family, give this one a go and let us know what you think.