Year 7 and Year 8 students commenced their school year with a riveting presentation on the pleasure of reading.
Paul Macdonald, Master Storyteller and owner of The Children’s Bookshop at Beecroft, delivered an hour-long discourse on the power and pleasure of reading which also improves literacy.
The presentation was wide-ranging, discussing various genres including the classics, young adults, picture books, graphic novels, and non-fiction. The presentation was interspersed with personal tales of reading, writing and bookselling plus plenty of opportunities for students to share their own thoughts on books they had read.
He encouraged the students to embrace reading, to not be afraid of reading challenging books, to try different authors and genres and lastly to pick up a classic every so often.
His energy and passion for reading for pleasure was contagious and the students left the Library full of enthusiasm for their next book.
Mrs Barbara Orrock, SGCS Librarian said,
We are always delighted to have Paul McDonald at our School. The students enjoyed meeting Paul again and shared eagerly about the books they like reading.
Students were reminded about the connection between reading for pleasure and becoming a great writer. Paul gave lots of examples of strategies in story telling from current novels that students could use in their own creative writing.
Paul reviewed lots of new titles for all ages and interests and, as a result, the Pop-Up Library was extremely busy at lunchtime with lots of students borrowing their next book! We look forward to a big year of reading in Middle School.
Exciting events like this help to build a reading culture at SGCS.