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Reading at Home - Design a Book Cover Competition
Win a FREE book of your choice delivered to your door with the latest in our weekly reading competitions. See winners from previous weeks.
This week - Design a book cover
This week - design a book cover for a favourite book. They say 'Never judge a book by its cover' but the cover design is so important and one of the first things that helps draw you to a book.
Think of one of your favourite books and redesign the cover. How will you tempt other readers to discover the book? What will you show? Don't forget the title and author and any key quotes you want to include. To you help inspire you, we will be featuring some of the shortlisted titles from the Kate Greenaway Award 2020 in our Reads of the Day this week.
Take a photo of your finished design and email it to me, Ms Mead, at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of Friday 5 June. The winner will be announced at lunchtime on Monday 8 June.
PS All entries will get 10 Harris Points and count towards a prize draw for £5 and £10 Amazon Vouchers. Good luck!
Reads of the Day
Every school day we're posting a new link to an author or book that we know our boys love. Do email me, Ms Mead email@example.com, if you have a suggestion of a book or author to feature.
The acclaimed Old Vic theatre production of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (one of our DEAR Time titles), is available to watch free online from 7pm on 5 June for one week. Click here to watch the trailer and get all the details.
Patrick's latest book, Burn, was published in May, and features FBI agents and dragons! Visit his website for more information, a sample chapter to read, and links to video reviews.
June 5 is World Environment Day! Action for our planet is more important than ever. Click here to see what's going on, get involved and test your knowledge in a great biodiversity quiz.
Alex Rider on TV!
The new Alex Rider series arrives on Amazon Prime today! Find out all the details and watch the trailer here. Twenty years since Stormbreaker was published, Anthony Horowitz's latest book, Nightshade, came out last month. Hear him talk about the new book, read an extract and answer readers' questions.
And for super fans, click here to watch Anthony reveal his Top 5 Alex Rider greatest escapes (contains spoilers if you haven't read all the books!).
David Almond - The Dam
Another of our favourite authors shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal this year is David Almond, author of Skellig. He has teamed up with illustrator Levi Pinfold to create the hauntingly beautiful book, The Dam. The book explores the music and poetry of a village in the valley that was flooded to create Kielder Water in Northumberland 40 years ago. You can listen to David talking about the book and the creation of the lake here.
And for inspiration for our book cover competition, click here to find out about David Almond's favourite childhood book which had a very special cover.
Kwame Alexander rocks!
Kwame Alexander, the hugely popular author of Booked, Rebound and The Crossover, is shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal this year, with his book The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson. His poem remembers unafraid and unbowed figures from black history - watch him read aloud from it here.
And fans of Kwame's previous books will love this funny interview with him. Check out his passion: "If you don't like reading, I get it. I think you've got to read poetry. Pick out one poem. Poetry rocks ya'll."
Fantastic illustrated books
On 17 June the winner of the annual Kate Greenaway Medal for the best illustrated book 2020 will be announced. Check out the inspirational shortlist here.
Many of you will know the wonderful style of Shaun Tan, creator of The Arrival, which we have in our library. His shortlisted title imagines a whole host of animals in bizarre settings in the inner city - maybe not so strange now with sightings of goats and deer wandering in to our towns during lockdown! Have a look at it here and take a peek at Shaun Tan at work in his studio in this video.
See previous 'Reads of the Day' in our Reads of the Day archive.
Southwark Library online
Southwark Libraries have a great e-library, accessed through BorrowBox, where you can download books and audiobooks for free. If you do not have a Southwark Library membership, you can join now for 90 days without a signed application form (you do not need to be a Southwark resident). Join Southwark Library Once you have your membership number, log in to BorrowBox. If you are a member of other London borough libraries you can access them using the Libby app through overdrive.com
Other sources of books
Project Gutenberg is completely free and good for classic fiction, books in other languages and older non-fiction.
If you have Amazon Prime you get access to Prime Reading which has over a thousand books (fiction, non-fiction, children's books), comics and magazines free to download.
Currently the free 30 day trial for Kindle Unlimited on Amazon is easy to double up to 60 days through PC magazine and other sites. You just need to remember to cancel before the end of the trial to avoid payment starting.
There is a free 30 day trial for Audible's audiobooks.
The World Book Day website has several complete audio books for all ages which are completely free to listen to.
Wondering what to read?
Download Ms Mead's top picks for horror, sci fi, World War II, humour, fantasy and more besides, in our new 'top picks' lists below. Happy reading!
|Action and Adventure Top Reads||06th May 2020||Download|
|Diversity and Experience Top Reads||06th May 2020||Download|
|Fantasy Top Reads||06th May 2020||Download|
|Horror Top Reads||06th May 2020||Download|
|Humour Top Reads||06th May 2020||Download|
|Mystery and Thriller Top Reads||06th May 2020||Download|
|Sci Fi and Dystopia Top Reads||06th May 2020||Download|
|Sport Top Reads||06th May 2020||Download|
|Teen and Young Adult Top Reads||06th May 2020||Download|
|WW1 Top Reads||06th May 2020||Download|
|WW2 Top Reads||06th May 2020||Download|