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(Book)shop till we drop!

(Book)shop till we drop!

Fearnhill School Library was recently awarded £350 by The Siobhan Dowd Trust to enable a group of students to go on a bookshop shopping spree.  The Siobhan Dowd Trust uses royalties from the late author’s books to give young people the opportunity to read and enjoy literature.

The trip took place on Friday 19 May at our local independent book retailer “David’s Bookshop” in Letchworth.  David’s kindly passed on a 20% school discount meaning that our award was worth a very generous £420 worth of books. 

Thirteen lucky students from Y7-10 took over the children’s section of the store. They took over an hour to browse and each choose around £32 worth of books which they would like to read.  They thought long and hard about their choices, and some even came with specific requests for titles from friends! 

Manga, graphic novels, contemporary young adult fiction and classics with modern covers were amongst the 57 books selected.  Children’s bookbuyer Kai Savage was on hand to provide guidance.  The books chosen will form part of the Library collection for other students at Fearnhill School to enjoy too. 

This was a unique opportunity for students to be directly involved in book buying decisions and choose books for the school that they themselves want to read.  There was a real buzz about the trip and we definitely made some memories for the young people at Fearnhill School.

Rui from Y10 said “It was a fun experience, but it was really hard to make decisions as there were so many good books to choose from”.  Trinity, also Y10, said “It was a brilliant opportunity to choose from a variety of books”.

OECD research (2002) shows that reading for pleasure is more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status.  Fearnhill School strongly encourages reading for pleasure and we support this by following the Accelerated Reader (AR) program for all Y7s starting at the school.

You can read the Comet’s write-up and view photographs of the trip at

Look out for this book plate in the books which were chosen on the spree.