Library News | Preparatory School

The 2021 PRC is now officially over and we are incredibly impressed with everyone who has read all of their books and uploaded them to the website. This year has been a bit crazy, but we love that you have prioritised reading.

A special shout out to the following classes and their teachers, they all had everyone in the class complete the challenge. Congratulations!

KB – Mrs Bailey

KC – Mrs Cardiff

KS – Ms Clay

2G – Mr Goulbourne

5M – Mr Mugridge

6G – Mr Gannon

My favourite book this holiday was ‘How to Stop Time’, by Matt Haig. I love hearing what you have read, especially because it gives me new ideas of what books to read next, either to students at school or for pleasure in my own time. Please send me an email ( if you read a new book that you think I should read next.

On the topic of book recommendations, there is a wonderful website called Better Reading. They have put together a list of the top 50 books for kids. The top 10 are listed below, but if you would like to read the rest of the list, you can find it here.

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  3. Possum Magic by Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas
  4. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  5. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  6. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  7. Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
  8. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  9. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  10. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

We hope you can find your next great read here.

Author Spotlight | Cristy Burne

Cristy Burne grew up climbing trees, jumping drains, chasing cows and inventing stories. She has a passion for learning through doing and loves to inspire creativity, daring and resilience in her readers. Cristy is a children’s author and science writer with degrees in biotechnology and science communication. She has also worked as a science circus performer, garbage analyst, Santa’s pixie, and atom-smashing reporter.

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

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