[Q]ueen Elizabeth Grammar School’s year 7 students have all been given a new book in their first term at the school, as part of “Bookbuzz”, a national initiative to encourage reading for pleasure.
As part of their school library induction, students were able to choose their own book to take home and keep, from a list of 17 titles suitable for 11 to 13-year-olds. The books were carefully selected by a panel of experts to ensure quality and suitability.
Oliver Watson chose Wonder by R.J. Palacio. He said: “Since I got my Bookbuzz book I’ve been reading a little bit every night before I go to bed. It’s really nice to think that, since I’ve got the book, I want to read more, and I’ve been to the library about three times to read and browse the books.”
QEGS Librarian, Mrs Vicky Marshall, said: “Reading is a great habit to form! Studies have shown that reading fiction regularly has many benefits, including increased concentration and focus, decreased anxiety and stress, and greater empathy with others. Here at QEGS, we take part in Bookbuzz every year to encourage all our new students to get reading.”
Bookbuzz is a programme run by BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, and aims to help schools inspire a love of reading in Year 7 and 8 students.