Much-loved children's author Dame Jacqueline Wilson thrilled pupils and staff alike when she visited Beavers Community Primary School in Hounslow, Middlesex on 6 June.
Her visit was their prize for winning a UK-wide competition in which primary schools were asked to outline why they want to run a Chatterbooks reading club: Dame Jacqueline is a Reading Agency Ambassador our official Chatterbooks patron.
She met members of the school's newly-formed Chatterbooks group, talked to all the school's Years 3-6 pupils in assembly, and signed books as prizes for children at the school.
Dame Jacqueline told us: "I very much enjoyed meeting the children and staff at Beavers Community Primary School. Reading was such an important part of my childhood. I would read a book a day, borrowed from my local library during school holidays - and I still enjoy reading just as much now. I am delighted to be able to work with Chatterbooks and help them inspire a love of reading amongst today's school children."
Beavers Community Primary School head teacher Dorina Scott said: "We really value reading in our school, and are excited at the prospect of running our own Chatterbooks group. We place a lot of emphasis on reading for enjoyment, and to have Dame Jacqueline Wilson visit our school was a truly wonderful opportunity for our whole school community."
Here you can see what the children thought about their Chatterbooks groups:
Our thanks to Beavers Community Primary School Hounslow for all their help.
See some more photos of the event on the Summer Reading Challenge facebook page.
Chatterbooks groups run in libraries, schools and wherever people want to set them up. They encourage reading for pleasure, an important factor in educational attainment, and in meeting schools' statutory targets and standards. If you'd like to set up a group in your school or library find out more or contact Lynne Taylor on Lynne.Taylor@readingagency.org.uk.