Pupils at New Hall School in Chelmsford, Essex, pick books from a list of exciting titles

New Hall School in Chelmsford, Essex, has joined forces with Booked Up, the national programme run by the independent charity Booktrust, which aims to encourage Year 7 children to read for pleasure.

Several weeks ago Year 7 students were given the opportunity to pick a book from a list of exciting titles, and the arrival of them has been eagerly anticipated. Yesterday morning, each Year 7 student was delighted to receive the free book of their choice.

The books are chosen by a panel of teachers, writers, publishers and librarians with the intention of offering something to appeal to everyone, no matter what their interests or reading ability are.

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This year’s most popular books were Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur for girls and How to Avoid a Wombat’s Bum and Other Fascinating Facts by Mitchell Symons. Alex Matthews (Year 7 student), said: “I was so excited to receive my free book, Aliens, which I have already started reading, it’s great.”

Jennifer Tait, librarian at the school, said: “The Booked Up initiative helps the students to see books and reading as important and exciting.”

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