As part of the celebrations for Children’s Book Week at M and J’s school, all Year 2 children (aged 6-7) wrote a short book review for display in our local bookshop, Waterstones. The idea behind this was to encourage them to visit a book shop, to talk about their favourite books, and to give them a “real life” writing opportunity. Here’s what some of their reviews looked like:
This is M’s book review: “My favourite book is the blak book of colas because it is about colas and a blinde chiled” (To find out more about The Black Book of Colours you can read this post on Playing by the book)
Here’s part of the display with reviews and books in the bookshop:
I really hope this experience will encourage the families of the reviewers to visit the bookshop and talk about books together, as well as generating a little bit of pride and excitement amongst the six year olds!
I also have to commend the staff at Waterstones for being so open to the idea of having book reviews from the children and taking the whole idea on board with such enthusiasm. It’s been a pleasure to work with them.