Some book-loving pupils from Caol Primary School in Fort William were invited to write about what reading means to them. Here’s what they had to say!
Kayla, Primary 4
Hi my name is Kayla, I am 8 years old and I love reading books. I have been reading since I was 4 years old starting with small picture books and now I read very large chapter books. At the moment I am reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it's amazing.
At school we are doing a project called ‘Reading is so Caol’. We have been doing loads of fun things like voting for our favourite books and dressing up as characters. I think the First Minister’s Reading Challenge is a very good idea and gets people to read more. I am on my 3rd reading passport and enjoy every book I read.
Reading is important because it lets you open up your imagination and picture what you think is happening in a book. I also love reading both fiction and non-fiction because you get to learn interesting facts.
Lucy, Primary 7
Reading is an adventure - with every book you make new friends (AND ENEMIES!), you get to understand the character’s story and how they face difficult situations. A good book should have an impact on your emotions. It should make you happy, sad, angry or inspired! Most people think non-fiction’s really boring but in my opinion it is more interesting than fiction because the things in the book have actually happened, it’s so cool to think they can happen to you!!
Books can mean so many different things to different people, like a fairy-tale may seem crazy and overrated to adults but to young children it is a story of good and bad and real people fighting for the things they love and want to protect.
Everyone should have the chance to read because they should be able to have their own adventures! At night for instance, some people are afraid of the dark so reading is a way to escape their fear and enjoy a new world of adventure.
These people in your unique adventure can help you conquer ANYTHING or you can help them conquer something, whether it’s a place, a fear or a problem! These adventures are fundamental to my imagination to write new tales of adventures for other people to enjoy.
My favourite book is Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth. This is a tale of rebellion, love, loss and adventure.
Josie, Primary 7
I absolutely love books because you can travel to any place, any time, and meet anyone you could possibly dream of. And if you enjoy an adventure - who’s to say you can’t read it again!
In my opinion, the best place to read is in bed - maybe you might even find stories slipping into your dreams at night!
Some of my favourite books are The Witches by Roald Dahl, The Secret Seven Series by Enid Blyton and Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens. I like Roald Dahl’s books because they are so imaginative and humorous, and I always enjoy them loads.
I think that everyone should read, whether it is a page of a novel you found in the sofa, or a whole book on your kindle at home.
Also I think every child has the right to learn to read and write, whoever and wherever they are. And that is what reading means to me.
To find out about how Caol Primary School have built a reading culture with the help of parents and their local community, read this blog post from teacher Kerry Lamont.