New books for the library

Thank you to all the families who have sponsored new library books. These books are being purchased and a special bookplate with your message will be inside the book you purchased. All of these new books will be on display in the library; please come by and see “your” book!

To make helping the library even easier, the school has set up a list of books we’d like for the library on Amazon. To find our wish list, use the “Your lists” tab then click on search, using our e-mail address admin@maplecross.herts.sch.uk.

All you need to do is search this list, purchase the book and type your personalised message for the book in the area where you can include a gift message. The book will be delivered straight to the school and put in the library. We will let you know when the book is in school and ready to be borrowed by the children.

Thank you for any way you can support keeping high quality, exciting, and interesting books in our school library. This library is a vital part of learning at Maple Cross and your support is very much appreciated.

If you have any questions, please contact me through the school office or post a comment on this post.

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Manatee Baby


In this week’s library session, Year 5 finished reading Manatee Baby by Nicola Davies. What an ending! I found the epilogue had a mix of emotions for me; what did you think?

The circumstances of the manatee’s rescue and his protection seemed to inspire some ethical questions around hunting for sport. Year 5, are you ready to have a debate in next week’s library session?

To get you ready and to give you more information about the world’s oldest living manatee in captivity, who I have met by the way, have a look at his Guinness World Records entry and his live cam.

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The Lion Who Stole My Arm… We did it!


In Wednesday’s library sessions, Years 5 and 6 finished reading The Lion Who Stole My Arm by Nicola Davies. What a book! I thought the ending was perfect and especially appreciated the epilogue. What did you think?

If you want to re-read chapter 1, check this out.

Summer term will include more from Nicola Davies’ Heroes of the Wild series. Year 5 will be reading Manatee Baby and Year 6, Walking the Bear. I’m really excited!

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