Book Buddy Scheme
In early February, author Maz Evans (Who Let The Gods Out series) set up http://www.bookbuddy.org.uk/ in response to the national shortage of funding for school libraries. Book Buddy aims to match schools with donors – often authors and reviewers who receive books from publishers, but also generous people willing to support schools on a regular basis. Ashleigh Primary signed up to the scheme immediately, knowing how important books are to our children, and we were lucky enough to be matched with a wonderful donor straight away. Our Book Buddy has chosen to remain anonymous (she says “it's the closest I'm going to get to having a mysterious alter-ego!”), and she has already shipped us the books in the photo below, both from our wishlist and from her own collection. Our Fantastic Book Awards team had the privilege of opening the parcels just before February half-term and they were absolutely overwhelmed and excited by this wonderful bundle of books. These book are now available to borrow and there are more to come! We couldn't be more grateful for our Book Buddy's support. It means such a lot to the children and to the staff to know that someone out there feels as strongly as we do about giving our children access to brilliant, up to date books.
The Book Buddy scheme is national, and there is no limit to how many Buddies a school can have, so if you'd like to join in please contact Mrs Wood – or if you prefer to be an anonymous superhero, visit the map on the Book Buddy website here: http://www.bookbuddy.org.uk/book-buddies/ to sign up. If you have books to donate which are for older children (11+) then please do look at the map as local high schools are also listed.
We've also created arrangements with several other primary schools to swap duplicates, so even if you think you have very popular books that Ashleigh already has, do get in touch – you may be able to help another school in need.