Reading For Pleasure

Reading is a great way to relax and unwind after a challenging day, make it part of your routine by reading before bed. It’s a great way to wake up – try doing some reading first thing in the morning to warm up your brain for the day ahead.

Are you missing your library lesson or tutor time reading slot? Just looking for something to read? There are a huge collection of ebooks and audiobooks available online – click the links below to find out more.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic” Stephen King

Michael Rosen is an English children’s novelist, poet, and the author of 140 books, including ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. He served as Children’s Laureate from June 2007 to June 2009. He has been a TV presenter and a political columnist. To find out more about Michael Rosen, follow this link: https://www.michaelrosen.co.uk/

Michael Rosen tells us why ‘Reading for Pleasure’ is so important

 

Where can I listen to books?

Audible  is offering, as long as schools are closed, free to stream stories on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet to listen to. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. It’s that easy. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Here are some titles from the Duke’s library that also on Audible:

 

Please note that you can also visit https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home 

 Where JK Rowling has announced the launch of a brand new resource for fans called Harry Potter at Home. Aimed at first-time readers but fun for all, the site is filled with activities like crosswords, puzzles, word searches, videos and guides. You can test your knowledge on a range of ‘first year’ quizzes, watch a craft video on how to draw a niffler, and check out a handy guide to reading Harry Potter for the first time.

Feeling nostalgic? Remind yourself of storytime:

Kristen Bell reads ‘Quakenstein Hatches a Family’ by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen 

Chrissy Metz reads ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ from Grimm’s Fairy Tales 

Chris O’Dowd reads ‘Arnie the Doughnut’ by Laurie Keller 

Kevin Costner and Jillian Estell read ‘Catching the Moon’ by Crystal Hubbard

 

Rose Byrne reads ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ by Beatrix Potter 

 

James and the Giant Peach in full, across 10 episodes

Over the next few weeks, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi will be reading James and the Giant Peach in full, across 10 episodes – and he’ll be joined by some rather famous faces along the way.

This collaboration between Roald Dahl, Taika Waititi and the star-studded line-up of guests is part of our commitment to giving £1 million to COVID-19 impacted charities, including Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which provides specialist nurses to seriously ill children in the UK – and Partners In Health, a global health non-profit, who are operating at the front line in the battle against COVID-19 in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world.

 

Please note Duke’s does not endorse any apps and you must seek the bill payer’s permission. Duke’s are not in control nor do we have any responsibility for the content on these websites. As always, please view these pages responsibly and if in doubt, have a responsible adult with you when you view or download any content.

 

Newsflash!!!!!

Northumberland County Council have an excellent resource that allows students access to hundreds of ebooks for free!

“Northumberland Libraries have been working hard to ensure that during these difficult times their members, and new members, will still be able to enjoy many of their services online.

With their digital library available at mylibrary.co.uk anyone with a library card can access hundreds of eBooks and eAudio titles for free without leaving their house.

With BorrowBox and RBdigital members can download eBooks, eAudiobooks and over 20 eMagazines for free.

For anyone who is not currently a library member you can join online today for Free. Due to the current circumstances your temporary membership will allow you access to BorrowBox and RBdigital. You will not need to collect a library card.”

To join the library online:

https://northumberland.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/JOIN

 

To celebrate World Book Night and William Shakespeare’s birthday,  some of Duke’s staff have shared what they are reading, what they recommend and what their favourite books and Shakespeare plays are.

Mr Atkinson:

Favourite Shakespeare play: The Merchant of Venice

Currently reading: “In A House of Lies” by Ian Rankin 

Favourite book: “I am Pilgrim” by Terry Hayes

Recommended read: “The Machine Gunners” by Robert Westall

 

 

Mrs Wardle:

Favourite Shakespeare play: The Tempest

Currently reading: “The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper” by Hallie Rubenhold

Recently read: “Unnatural Causes” by Dr Richard Shepherd – I loved it. It’s a fascinating autobiography of the life and cases of “Britain’s top forensic pathologist”.

Recommended read: “The Hobbit” by J.R.R.Tolkien

 

Miss Gill:

Favourite Shakespeare play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Currently reading: “Loved” by P.C Cast and Kirsten Cast which is an extension of the House of Night series.

Favourite book: “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte, I find the relationship between Cathy and Heathcliff really interesting, especially how it impacts the lives around them, even after Cathy is dead. 

 

 

Miss Nicol:

Favourite Shakespeare play: Titus Andronicus. 

Currently reading: “Bridge Of Clay” by Markus Zusak. 

Favourite book:The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson. I found this in Barter Books and loved it! It follows the story of a man called Allan who accidentally steals a suitcase full of money at 100 years old and how he tries to evade the police and spend the money. Alongside this is narrates the story of Allan’s life and what happened to him before he turned 100. 

 

Miss Donnelly:

Favourite Shakespeare play: Othello.

Currently reading: “The Humans” by Matt Haig.

Favourite book: “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” by Anne Bronte, “The Giant’s House” by Elizabeth McCracken. I also love The Jackson Brodie series by Kate Atkinson. A detective series which is funny, touching and all of the stories have amazing twists and turns. 

 

 

Mrs Chima:

Favourite Shakespeare play: Othello

Currently reading: “The Last Train to Memphis: the rise of Elvis Presley” by Peter Guralnick 

Recommendation:About a Boy” by Nick Hornby

 

Mrs Littlewood:

Recently read: “Noughts and Crosses” by Malorie Blackman and the rest of the series. All available in our Library and recently shown on TV which is still available on I-player, well worth a watch!!

 

 

Mrs Gray:

Favourite Shakespeare play: Twelfth Night

Currently reading: “Blue Moon” by Lee Child’ and “Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs 

Recommendation: children “The Amazing Maurice” by Terry Pratchett (soon to be released on film).

 

Mrs Wilkinson:

Favourite Shakespeare play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Currently reading: “The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood 

Recommended read: “Eve of Man” by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

 

Miss Keenan:

Favourite Shakespeare play: Hamlet

Currently reading: “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley 

Recommended read: “Ghostwritten” by David Mitchell

 

Miss B Nicol:

Recommendation: children “The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat” by Oliver Sacks

 

Miss Toles:

Currently reading: “Aleph” by Paulo Coelho 

Recommendation: “The Struggle of Letting Go” by Suvimalee Karunaratna

 

Miss Lee:

Currently reading: “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson 

 

Miss Renshaw:

Currently reading: “Sea of Lost Love” by Santa Montefiore

Recommendation: “The Sound of Laughter” by Peter Kay

 

Mr Storey:

Favourite Shakespeare play: Romeo and Juliet

Currently reading: “12 Rules for Life” by Jordan Peterson 

 

Mr Line:

Favourite Shakespeare play: The Tempest

Currently reading: “Humans: A brief history of how we messed it all up” by Tom Phillips 

Favourite book: “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding

Recommendation: “The Explorer” by Katherine Rundell

 

Miss Ireland:

Favourite book: “A Child called It” by Dave Pelzer

Recommendation: “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck

 

Mrs Young:

Favourite Shakespeare play: Romeo and Juliet

Recently read: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama 

Favourite book: “The Famous Five” by Enid Blyton

 

 

Mrs Yates:

Favourite Shakespeare play: Romeo and Juliet

Recently read: “World War Z” by Max Brooks 

Favourite book from childhood: Little Miss Chatterbox

 

Don’t forget there are more resources in your google classrooms.