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Pinewood Reading Group
Swindon, WILTS

Third book today!
We are reading our third book on the shortlist today. I have promised my group a happy title!
Posted on: 03 May 2018

Another year of Greenaway Shadowing
We are a very small group this year and will be looking at each of the shortlisted books every week on a Thursday afternoon.
Posted on: 26 Apr 2018

A new year of shadowing
Can't wait to start a new year of shadowing the Greenaway. It's good to see William Grill on the short list and some other favourite illustrators. First meeting of reading group will be on Thursday afternoon. I just have to decide which of the fantastic shortlisted titles to share with the group first!
Posted on: 11 Apr 2017

A new year's short list
This year there is a brilliant selection of books for the Carnegie and Greenaway. Some of our year 8's will be reading the Carnegie short list and our reading group on a Thursday will be looking at the Greenaway list. Cant wait to get started!
Posted on: 29 Mar 2016

Three books read!
We have read three books from the shortlist.
Posted on: 26 May 2015

Summer Term
The Summer term is brilliant for lots of reasons, the swimming pool is open, the sun is shining and there's loads of sport but it is also the term we shadow the Greenaway and Carnegie Book Awards in Reading group. Can't wait to get started this summer!
Posted on: 16 Apr 2015

Paper dolls in the library!
We plan to read 'The Paper Dolls' and make our own strings of dolls to go around the library. Hope to get some book characters in amongst them and see how many the children can recognise!
Posted on: 19 May 2014

Book number 3
Today we are reading the third Greenaway shortlisted book and one I think we are all going to like! The Day the Crayons Quit!
Posted on: 15 May 2014

Second Greenaway book
Today we are going to read the second Greenaway book. I have chosen Oliver by Birgitta Sir
Posted on: 08 May 2014

About to start reading...
Some of our year 8 pupils are reading books from the Carnegie short list. We are going to start reading the Greenaway books in reading group this afternoon.
Posted on: 01 May 2014

A new set of shortlisted books
Hoping lots of children join Reading Group this term as there are some super shortlisted books for both the Carnegie and the Greenaway.
Posted on: 13 Apr 2013

The Gift
We all enjoyed this story although some of us thought it was a bit sad. We liked the illustrations as well.
Posted on: 17 May 2012

Puffin Peter
This week we are reading 'Puffin Peter'. I wonder if the children will connect this story with the nursery rhyme about the two birds, Peter and Paul.
Posted on: 10 May 2012

There are no cats in this book
I love this book and hope the children do too! We all liked the first book by this author, which was short listed last year. We will be reading this together today and posting reviews.
Posted on: 03 May 2012

Getting started!
This is our first Reading Group session. We are looking at some of the previous Greeenaway winners.
Posted on: 26 Apr 2012

New set of books, new term!
The short listed books are on order and the titles look interesting. I hope lots of children will sign up for Reading Group this term, looking forward to some good discussions. We haven't yet agreed with the judges over the winner - maybe this year?
Posted on: 11 Apr 2012

Two more books to go!
This week we will be reading the last two books on the Greenaway shortlist. Next week the winner will be announced. Before we open the envelope we'll do a final vote for our favourite book and see if we agree with the judges.
Posted on: 16 Jun 2011

Cloud Tea Monkeys
We didn't have time to write individual reviews for this book as it was a much longer story to read. We all loved the illustrations and thought they were very finely drawn. The faces are most expressive and the colours are brilliant. They make you feel the heat of India. Could this be a winner?
Posted on: 03 Jun 2011

Not sure what the children will make of JIM. Mini Grey has visited Pinewood and her illustrations are great but it will be interesting to discuss what age this book is for.
Posted on: 26 May 2011

Ernest by Catherine Rayner
I love this! Hoping the children love it too when we read it today in Reading Group. Mrs Matthews
Posted on: 19 May 2011

First book read!
The Reading Group have read and reviewed the first book, Me and You by Anthony Browne. Anthony Browne has won the Greenaway twice before and his books are very popular. This book was good but the general feeling was that it wasn't one of his best and probably not a winner - we might be wrong....
Posted on: 06 Apr 2011

Eagerly awaiting the winner!
All the books, bar one, have been read and reviewed and we are eagerly waiting to hear the winning title announced. My favourites are Satoshi Kitamura's tale of Millie's Marvellous Hat and Viviane Schwarz's book of cats. The group enjoyed 'The Dunderheads' probably because the story was of more interest to their age group. On Thursday at Reading Group we will be having a Greenaway cake as we discuss the winning title!
Posted on: 21 Jun 2010

Crazy Hair
Most of the group enjoyed this book and even if they didn't like the illustrations, agreed they matched the story.There was plenty to talk about and discuss.The wacky story reminds me slightly of the classic picture book, Mr Magnolia but I am unsure whether it will 'stand the test of time' in the same way. Looking forward to reading our next book with the Reading Group on Thursday.
Posted on: 10 May 2010

First Meeting
Today we are going to read our first book, Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. It will be interesting to see what everyone makes of this unusual book. Reviews will be posted soon!
Posted on: 06 May 2010

Short listed books are on order!
We are eagerly awaiting the short listed books for the Greenaway Award. This week in Reading Group we are going to visit the living archive and look at some of the past winners.
Posted on: 27 Apr 2010