TJS Reading Newsletter

Summer 2022


Summer Book Recommendations


Theme / Genre

Book Cover

What we say...


To commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee year, why not discover more about Queen Elizabeth II? A colourful, charming picture book by historian Kate Williams, taking young readers on an amazing journey through Queen Elizabeth II's seven decades on the throne. 





Rick Riordan has sold an incredible 60 million copies of this book worldwide. Wow! So, what can you expect?

· Monsters

· Greek Gods

· Laughs (and terrified screams)



This is an ‘unputdownable’ Victoriana adventure. It is a set among vibrant landscapes and peopled with dynamic and unforgettable characters.



The first book in an inspiring, yet hilarious, jam-packed new adventure series starring Scooter the inventor and his top secret alien sidekick.




This is certainly a book for our more grown-up readers, but a great one too! A fast-paced, moving story about a boy who just wants an ordinary life.


Meet Arthur and his brand new friend, Mister P - the world's most helpful(ish) polar bear!

Packed with gorgeous illustrations throughout, this story has heart and humour in equal measure and is sure to be a hit with developing readers and as a great book to be read aloud.





Packed full of silly, funny, or downright hilarious poems (with a few serious ones mixed in) this brilliant collection from exciting young poet, Joshua Seigal is perfect for fans of Michael Rosen and anyone else who needs a giggle. If you like poetry, you'll like this book. And if you don't like poetry you'll LOVE it!



A children's picture book written by Olympic medallist Ibtihaj Muhammad, who retells a beautiful and powerful story about the bond shared between siblings and being proud of yourself and your beliefs. The book is a New York Times best seller.



Enter a world of Egyptian pharaohs and ancient curses. This is a glorious historical adventure with a nimble, thrilling 1920s tale, as well as a wonderful subplot set back in Ancient Egyptian times, as found in a scroll written by Tutankhamun’s best friend.



One of the all-time great classics of children's literature, this gentle story with its kindly wisdom about friendship. The novel tells the story of a livestock pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte.


Written in first person, Wonder is about Auggie, an ordinary 10 year old boy and how he deals with bullies, losing friends, and making new ones. A truly coming-of-age story that will inspire, and have you crying with happy tears at the end.


This book brimming with first-person accounts of gripping adventures in explorers' own words. Find exciting tales complemented by rare maps, specially commissioned photographs, and artworks that re-create history's greatest expeditions. Get ready to take a leap into the unknown…



We’d love to hear what you think of these stories! Fill this in and bring it back to your teacher:


New Books!


We are very excited to announce that we have new Oxford Reading Tree Books for the children to take home and enjoy.


So, what is Oxford Read Tree?

As the UK’s most successful reading scheme, Oxford Reading Tree has helped millions of children from all over the world learn to read and love to read. Rooted in reading for pleasure and with synthetic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree‘s well-loved characters, breadth (over 800 books!), and varied writing styles give children everything they need to become confident readers.


What are Oxford Levels and Book Bands?

In UK schools, Book Bands are used across different reading schemes to indicate the reading level of each book. You will see our Oxford Levels alongside the Book Band colours on the back of each Oxford Reading Tree book. As children need a different type of support at home, we also have Read with Oxford Stages which follow the same order of progression as Oxford Levels.


How can I help my child learn to read at home with these new books?

Before reading, discuss the meaning of the focus words. These are displayed at the beginning of the books.


Use the question prompts displayed within the book to ask your child questions:



Further questions can be found at the back of the book:



This is all explained within every new Oxford Reading Tree Book



What about non-fiction?

We have a new section of books, known an infact, which are part of the Oxford Reading Tree family. These include a range of captivating subjects, which are explored in unique and child-friendly ways.










Gloucestershire Library Summer Reading Challenge





We're so excited to reveal the theme for the Summer Reading Challenge 2022!


Get ready for Gadgeteers, arriving online and in your local library this summer.


Science is all around you!


What do you love doing?  Are you a brilliant baker? Or a mega music fan?  Are you the tech wizard amongst your friends?


Join the Gadgeteers for the Summer Reading Challenge to discover the amazing science and innovation behind the world around you, including some of your favourite things!

Curious? Perfect!  Your imagination can unlock endless possibilities...


We're teaming up with Science Museum Group for a very special science-themed Challenge that will inspire you to use your imagination and creativity!  


Gadgeteers will feature amazing books, awesome rewards, and plenty of ideas for cool experiments and activities to discover the science all around you. 


The Challenge will be brought to life by top children's writer and illustrator Julian Beresford.  


Are you excited to join the #Gadgeteerst this summer?  Keep an eye on their blog for all the latest Summer Reading Challenge news.