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

Mary Poppins

06 Dec 2019

It is all about Mary Poppins this week and to celebrate our annual school production this week we read extracts from PL Travers. We gathered books about umbrellas, parrots, nannies and all things magical and read aloud the following stories…

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Back to school!!

06 Dec 2019

The topic this week is lots of attention devoted to Library Skills introducing stories & fiction about going to school. Plenty more school inspired stories for you to find in the Library...

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Happy birthday Roald Dahl!!

06 Dec 2019

2nd week back to the Library. This week we enjoyed fabulous lessons celebrating the world's number one storyteller Roald Dahl with a selection of extracts from The Roald Dahl Treasury. From Matilda to Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG to James and the Giant Peach, the children never tire of these stories.

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Competitions & Themed Booklists

January 2022

Daunt Story Competition

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Last year, many of the children at St Stephen’s entered the Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition. 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, I would like to encourage any other keen writers from St Stephens to enter, as it is a wonderful opportunity to write a story for pleasure and potentially see it in print!

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.

How do I submit? You should email your story as an attachment to by Friday 21st 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)

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 2022 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.

Good luck and I look forward to reading your children’s stories!

Yours faithfully,

Lia Pereira
(Spanish Teacher & School Librarian)

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