Reading - Bellerive School


At Bellerive, we are very clear about the importance of reading. By encouraging students to read both for pleasure and to improve their subject knowledge, we wish to foster a life-long love of reading.  We have recently refurbished our library and a number of reading initiatives are taking place including ‘Drop Everything and Read’ (DEAR) and pupil-led reading groups.

Recommended reading lists can be viewed on our LoveReading4Schools page. All books listed are available to borrow from the school library. If you wish to purchase any you can do so though the website too. To view our page please click on the link above and enter the password: BelleriveReads


Spring 2021

World Book Day took place on 4th March and we marked it in a number of creative ways, not least our Book Art competition.  Here are the entries:

World Book Day Art Competition

School is looking a little different lately with many students learning remotely and our usually busy school library empty. The good news is there are still plenty of ways we can help to share the joy of reading! Ms Gillen is setting a weekly Lockdown Reading Challenge to offer students the chance of winning gift vouchers, as well as a welcome creative break. Students have also been invited to join our online book club, happening every Tuesday and Friday 12.40-1.10pm on Teams. Look out for our regular ‘Bellerive Reads’ e-newsletter too, shared with our whole school community via email and on Twitter.

In other news, the Liverpool Children’s Festival of Reading, 25th January-9th February, has gone online. You can enjoy live author events and watch replays for a limited time on their Youtube channel

Resources to support the events are available here

Liverpool Children’s Festival of Reading Online A collection of resources to support the LLP festival. Scroll across for more. Check back soon for more resources!
 2021 is also officially Liverpool’s Year of Writing – watch this space for details of upcoming events and opportunities to get involved!


Autumn 2020

We may have to do things a little differently at the moment but that hasn’t stopped us spreading the joy of books and reading at Bellerive! As part of Booktrust Represents, a programme promoting diversity and representation in children’s literature, our new Year 7 students enjoyed a virtual talk from award-winning author Candy Gourlay. Candy answered questions from students and talked about the inspiration behind her book Bone Talk, which students also received a copy of to keep.
Set in the Philippines 100 years ago, Bone Talk is a thrilling adventure story told through the eyes of Samkad, a young boy from a remote tribe called Bontok, at the time of the American invasion. This was a great opportunity for students to engage with an author in a new way and to hear stories of a time and place that many would not have come across before.

While the Library space isn’t able to be open to all students, Ms Gillen is operating a ‘mobile’ service, visiting a different year group area each day during form time with a selection of books for students to borrow. We have also installed ‘Book Boxes’ in each of the year bubble areas, full of books students can take away and keep.

The links below will help parents and students alike with reading outside of the classroom:

100 best books for young people

Booktrust ‘Bookfinder’

Liverpool Libraries

Read Liverpool

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards

The Reader

Books for Keeps

Bellerive Reads

Love Reading






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