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The British Library needs you this week!

Hello Year 5. We hope you are all well and keeping busy - we have loved seeing all your work this week. You are all brilliant!


This headline caught my attention this week


'British Library asks nation's children to write miniature books in lockdown'


Two hundred years ago, children stitched together old brown paper bags and strips of wall paper to make tiny books to read to their toys! They were tiny (57mm high and 47mm wide)– around the same length as a mouse’s tail!


The British Library is calling on children to write their own miniature books which will form part of an online National Gallery of Miniature Books for the toy world.


Are you up for the challenge?

What would you write your story about?

Would it be a bedtime story? A pirate adventure or a fairy tale?

Would it be a factual book about other countries and cultures?

Or about a famous period of history such as Ancient Egypt or the Fire of London?


Perhaps you could do a bit of research about the library that used to be inside the British Museum ( Check out the topic page this week)

There are many cats who have lived at the museum over the years .The most famous one was one called Mike who used to guard the gate! Perhaps you could write one about him?!


The British Library have shared a series of videos of famous authors reading their miniature books.


Jacqueline Wilson has shared hers about a rabbit called Radish that sits on her desk!

Axel Scheffler (the author of the Gruffalo tells his about a squirrel called Fipsy who is getting used to life in lockdown!


Please see the link below which shows you how to make a miniature book and be sure to send us a photo!


What would be really special for us to see, would be if you made a video of you reading your miniature book!

Go on - give it go - we would love to see it!!



Fipsy - Axel Scheffler

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Tips for writing your own miniature book from SF Said the author of Varjak Paw

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