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

News from the library

24 Dec 2019

Looking for a Christmas holiday project? Why not write a story… Last year, many of the children at St Stephen’s entered the...

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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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Competitions & Bookish Announcements...

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.


May 2020

Library Bookface Photography Challenge

At St Stephens we are obsessed with encouraging all of you children to love books. We mostly encourage you to read them but on this occasion your challenge is quite different. Here is what you need to do…..


  • Your bookshelf is a great place to start! Find a book cover with a face or some other portion of a body.
  • Use the book cover you choose to create a striking photo that will blur the lines between reality by replacing the book’s cover with parts of yourself.
  • Snap a clear picture.
  • Email your bookface picture to
  • Include the word “bookface” in the subject line of your email. In the body of your email, add your name and class and then attach your picture.
  • You can submit up to 2 photos for this challenge.
  • Winning entries will be announced after half term

April 2020

Calling all budding poets out there entries for the 10th Young People’s Poetry Competition are now open!! What a great opportunity to get the creative juices flowing. Entry is free and open to children aged between 8-12 years.

Poems can be on any topic area; the only stipulations are that each poem should be the child’s own work (with no parental help) and is limited to a maximum of 25 lines. Poems should be hand-written or typed and emailed to Please do not put your child’s name on the work but instead simply put their name and class in the email subject line. This will enable this local competition to judge anonymously. I will then submit the poems and keep a copy for the school Library. All entries must be received by Monday June 1st 2020 or earlier. Winners to be awarded in September.

January 2020

Daunt Story Competition 2020- now closed for entries. Winners to be announced in Summer term. Well done to the 27 children who entered.

500 Words- also now closed for entries. Fingers crossed!