For some, it’s a good romance, adventure or crime novel. For others, the lure is in the non-fiction section with the promise of a special poem, some sage advice from the self-help books or some gardening tips for those with a green thumb. Whatever your preferences, reading is a popular pastime for people of all ages.
Reading has many benefits, allowing us to relax, escape, dream, learn, grow and imagine. Reading has even shown to be beneficial for good sleep, as anyone who has fallen asleep with their book resting on their face will tell you!
Whether the traditional paper book, or the more contemporary digital book, encouraging your child to read for pleasure may well ignite a passion for reading that will stay with them forever.
Some of our staff shared their favourite books with us. What’s your favourite book?
Ms Janet Wilmot, Director of Pedagogy, Preparatory School
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day by Doctor Seuss because it tells us that what is important is teaching.
Dr Julie Harris, Director of Teaching and Learning
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell because it is an amazing story. You can’t put it down because you really want to know what happens. It’s not the usual happy ending and it makes you think about it for ages afterwards.
Mr Adrian Creuzot
Lord of the Rings by J R Tolkien because I love fantasy worlds and he wrote it with so much detail that he really makes you believe in his world.
Brooke Vance, Preparatory School Teacher
Matilda by Roald Dahl because it hooked me into reading and I loved how a little girl could turn the tables and trick all the adults around her!
Clark Wight, Head of Preparatory School
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay because it is a timeless story of resilience, mate ship and following one’s dreams.
Mr Glen Williams, English Teacher
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay because it is an amazing tale of a young man’s journey during the apartheid in South Africa. The friendships and connections he makes with people from all walks of life are a beautiful reminder of how we should treat each other.
Mr Simon Lumbus, Head of Woodbridge House
The Wee Dee Free Men by Terry Pratchett, which is a young adult fantasy book which has meant a great deal to my family. It is not a sooky, vampire, love story about a beautiful teenager full of angst in need of saving. It features an incredibly brave and strong-minded young girl who learns that common sense, hard work and consideration of others trumps wishful thinking every time. As a father of 3 girls, I have read this book to my girls when they were young and they have all read it by themselves and we have laughed and cried and held our breath as Tiffany Aching stands up for what is right. My oldest daughter is 25 and we still talk about this series often. I would love all young girls and boys to visit the Discworld and meet Tiffany to see the world through her eyes and to know what is possible.
Mr James Perrin, RPE Teacher
The Expanse Series by James S A Corey because the authors have done such a good job of imagining what it will be like when we colonise the rest of the galaxy. I especially love their imagining of ‘Better’ (people who are born, live and die in space) culture.
Mr Travis Roost, Health & PE Teacher
Above the Line by Urban Meyer with Wayne Coffey because it contains great practical tools to teach leadership, culture and behaviour and how it can be applied in sport, education, business and life.
Mr Kieran Hurley, Head of Music
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury which is a narrative about how humanity, in their quest for comfort, destroy an entire civilization before realising that in the process they themselves have been inexorably changed. Beautifully written by one of the masters of science fiction.
Mr Peter Ashby, Director of Outdoor Education
Past Tense by Lee Child – this is the 23rd book in the Jack Reacher series so it is my favourite until the 24th comes out next year! I love the stories of the ex-MP who travels around with just his toothbrush and not much else. Along the way he manages to right some wrongs and then moves on again.
Mrs Siza MacDonald, Science Teacher
The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones – I love thrillers and this definitely delivered!
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