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The Library Corner - January 2023

By Mrs Campling, Librarian

Happy New Year (if it’s not too late to say it)! This time last year I set myself the challenge of seeing a) how many books I could read in a year, and b) if I could read as much children's literature as I did grown-ups. I started at an alarming rate, averaging 2 books a week, which I felt compelled to maintain, and kept a list from Jan 1st to Dec 31st 2022 of everything I read.

This list did not include books I read to my children (if it had, it would be a LOT longer). Now, before I share the total please bear in mind that years of practice (and being an introvert), plus the professional advantage of being a librarian, have made me a very quick reader. I almost want to give you the classic disclaimer: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! The grand total of books? 118.

As much as I enjoyed the challenge, I have to say I don’t recommend it. While I was pleasantly surprised at my ability to keep up the average of 2 books a week, there are definitely books on my list that I don’t remember at all, and also books that I wished I had savoured more.

This year, I am setting out with the intention of fully enjoying things - not just books - and giving whatever I am doing my full, immersive attention. Rather than setting myself more goals this year, I want to change my mindset and my experience of life, and savouring everything is one of the simplest ways to feed our inner selves I’m envisioning a more contented, relaxed me at the end of 2023 (and throughout)!

Top Ten Books for Children and Adults from 2022

Now I know what you’re REALLY wondering is which of those 118 books are worth YOUR time, so here are my top 10 from the year, for children and for adults:


Amari & the Night Brothers - BB Alston

Secrets of the Stars - Maria Kuzniar

When Fishes Flew - Michael Morpurgo

The Lost Girl King - Catherine Doyle

The Grumpus - Alex T Smith

Morrigan Crow Series - Jessica Townsend

By Ash, Oak & Thorn and By Rowan & Yew - Melissa Harrison

The Wolf Wilder - Katherine Rundell

The Thief Who Sang Storms - Sophie Anderson

The Who’s Whonicorn of Unicorns - Kes Gray & Garry Parsons



The Goddess of Buttercups and Daisies - Martin Millar

The Song Collector - Natasha Solomons

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow - Natasha Pulley

The Book of Lost and Found - Lucy Foley

Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

The Dictionary of Lost Words - Pip Williams

The Island of Missing Trees - Elif Shafak

The Missing Sister (and Seven Sisters series) - Lucinda Riley

Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to Happiness - Bill Bailey

The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood

In the Library this term

Both story writing club and KS1 library club will be returning this term, with help from the Y6 Library Ambassadors; the library is also open to parents after school on a Friday until 3:30 if you want to pop in! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @owpslibrary for any updates too.

A polite reminder

Towards the end of last term we had several library books discovered on the shelves in unacceptable conditions – damp, mouldy, covered in paint, and even food. We expect a little wear and tear (and even the occasional water bottle leak mishap) but several books had to be disposed of due to the extent of the damage. These books are for the use and enjoyment of the whole school, so please encourage your children to treat them with respect. If an accident does occur, please let Mrs Campling or the office team know.

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