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Exploring Books 

Bedford School Exploring Books with local community schools

We have had another successful year going in to local schools to do exploring book sessions. This year we extended the scheme to include Middle Schools as well; visiting Daubeney Middle, St Gregory’s, Goldington Academy, Lincroft and Harrold Middle School and we hope to extend the book collection to include more books for this age range. We also returned to Willington Lower and Springfield Lower as well as visiting St Lawrence Lower and Roxton for the first time.

The purpose of the visits is to support literacy and books and reading in these schools by introducing six book titles and then leaving multiple copies for the classes to read and explore over a six week period. The schools have used books to do reviews, paired reading and even encourage story writing. Where possible we return to the school when we collect the books and talk to the pupils about the books and they are usually very lively sessions. This year favourite books included Spy Dog, Mr Gum, Traction Man, The incredible Book Eating Boy, The Whisperer and Kaspar.

Pupils’ comments from St Lawrence Lower School Wymington


Mr Gum
- by Andy Stanton

“I liked all of it because it was detailed and it lots of imagination”


- by Emily Gravett

“Rabbit tries to borrow a book about wolves and nearly gets eaten by one”

“A rabbit who loved to read and it was accidently walking on a wolf but the wolf was a vegetarian so they shared a jam sandwich”


Incredible Book Eating Boy
- by Oliver Jeffers

“He eats a lot of books and eats too much so that he was ill and then he opened the book and read and then he read lots of books …it was very funny”

“Henry loved to eat books. He thought if he ate lots of books he would be the cleverest person on earth but he was sick so wasn’t allowed anymore books so he ate broccoli instead…. Henry eats too many books and he doesn’t know anything at all”

“I loved every bit of it and would like to buy a copy as well”

“I loved the book it was so funny and I wish there were lots more”

“I loved everything in the book everything is perfect and it was so so so funny”


If any school is interested in arranging an Exploring Books session please contact Bedford School Library

Telephone: 01234 362260

Lesley Harrison
School Librarian











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