Library Corner


Welcome to the school library. Where Mrs Pereira post regular updates on Enjoy ‘reading for pleasure’, library skills, weekly updates about class visits, stories, books and library news.

Topic of the week

Library News: Loving Libraries

18 Sep 2023

  This week we are enjoying stories about libraries and library books.  How far would a librarian travel to bring a book...

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Library News: ‘Back to School’

11 Sep 2023

This week the Library will be flinging it’s doors open. We will be reading stories relating to our weekly topic ‘Back to...

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A Friday Night Round Up and Staffing Update!

23 Jun 2023

Good afternoon, What a scorcher of a week! So much has been happening in and outside of school. You will need a...

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Competitions & Themed Booklists

Deadline January 2023

Daunt Story Competition

This week we will be introducing the Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition in the Library. Indeed, we even had some winners from our school over the past few years. What an honour to have four published authors in our own school. This year, we would like to encourage any other keen writers from St Stephen’s to enter, as it is a wonderful opportunity to write a story for pleasure and potentially see it in print! Winning stories will be published in an anthology with a cover designed by illustrator and author Marion Deuchars. The anthology will be introduced by Katya Balen, author of The Light in Everything and OctoberOctober (and winner of The Carnegie Medal!).

How do I submit? You should email your story as an attachment to by Friday 20th January. Please put your child’s name, age and class as the email title and on the story attached. Eg: Sally- Y4 Rosen (Age 9). The competition is open to all children aged four to fifteen. The story must be all your child’s own work and must be between 300 and 1500 words.

Please make sure that the stories are typed, double-spaced and single sided. We will then forward all St Stephen’s entries to Daunt bookshop by the closing date. A copy of the children’s stories will be kept in a special folder in the Library for all to read.

Results will be announced in April 2023 and winning stories will be published in during summer term. A copy of all entries will be kept in the school Library as a keepsake for the children to read.

November 2021

Author Day & Booksale

What a great success! Our Author Day & Book sale raised £415 to buy more books for our school Library. A huge thank you to non fiction author, Christopher Lloyd, illustrator, Fiona Lumbers and Claire Gill for bringing Mr Benn to our school in the form of theatre. Also thank you Daunt Books for another wonderful book sale!

June 2020

500 Words Black Lives Matter

A special edition of the 500 Words competition for children, focusing on themes related to the Black Lives Matter movement, was announced on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio UK this week.

Former children’s laureate Malorie Blackman is on the judging panel for the competition. She has written more than 60 books for children and teenagers and is best-known for her critically-acclaimed young adult book series ‘Noughts & Crosses’, which addresses racial injustice.

Also on the judging panel are authors Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon.

The competition opens at the start of The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio UK on Monday 29 June at 6.30am. Entries will be accepted until 11.59pm on Friday 3 July. Visit 500 Words to find out more