Book lovers give reviews to Blue Peter show

Bookworms at a Cramlington school will soon become stars of the small screen as part of a nationwide competition to find the best children’s book of the year.

The youngsters at Cragside Church of England Primary School are one of ten schools nationally to be selected by television show Blue Peter to review the books on the shortlist for children’s book of the year.

The pupils read all six books on the shortlist and prepared detailed reviews on each, and Blue Peter then selected two of the ten schools to film pupils critically evaluating each of the books.

Assistant headteacher and literacy leader, Caroline Bilton, said: “I am delighted at the enthusiasm and commitment of our children to this fantastic project.

“Cragside really promotes the wonder of reading and our children have proved themselves to be wonderful reviewers. Cragside was chosen as one of the two schools, due to the commitment and enthusiasm of the children.

“Having taken part in the programme the children in Year 6 are now very proud Blue Peter badge holders.”

Headteacher Paul Rusby said: “I am delighted that the passion and enthusiasm for reading by our children has been acknowledged by the Blue Peter team.

“Our school motto is ‘let your light shine’ and it was so wonderful to see our children shine so brightly in front of the BBC camera team, and to hear their eloquence and passion for reading.” The Blue Peter programme featuring the Children’s Book Awards will be aired later this month.