BOOKS TO LOVE & SHARE

There is no Frigate like a Book

To take us Lands away,

Nor any Coursers like a Page

Of prancing Poetry

This Traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of Toll;

How frugal is the Chariot

That bears the Human soul.

 

 

Emily Dickinson

 

AN INNOVATIVE BOOK RECYCLING PROJECT TO HELP YOUNG CHILDREN WITHOUT BOOKS HAVE THEIR OWN BOOKS AT HOME

 

The Own Books scheme was founded by Julie de Bastion in January 2014, who through being part of the Reading Army at the local Henley primary school, who were the first to take up the scheme, discovered that several children did not have books at home. This inspired her to come up with this idea to provide children in school with free books that they could take home themselves, to either keep or return if they wished. The Henley Community Library managed by Judith Lindley was the first to recognise the potential of this scheme and gave it her full support, helped find volunteers, funding and space in the library for the special Own Books bookshelf.

WHAT THE PROJECT AIMS TO DO

 

1   Encourage young children to develop an early love of books and reading through choosing and having their own books at home.


2  Allow children to select one or two books a week for themselves from the age appropriate categories, to take home when it suits them.

 

3  Avoid any need to buy or obligation to return the books.

 

4  Remove any stress and financial constraints on parents over acquisition of books.

 

5  Encourage parents to read with their children at home.

HOW THE PROJECT WORKS

 

Books are collected from local participating charity shops or books are donated to the schools directly by parents.

 

The Own Books scheme relies on volunteers to collect books from the charity shops and deliver them to the participating schools.


LABELING & CLEANING

 

All books are "processed", being cleaned and labelled with the Own Books logo so as to identify them to the children.

WARWICKSHIRE AREA

PARTICIPATING PRIMARY SCHOOLS

 

Henley-in-Arden Church of England Primary School, Arden Road,
Wootten Wawen Primary School

St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Studley

Kingsway Primary School, Baker Avenue, Leamington Spa

Lapworth Primary School

Whitnash Primary School, Leamington Spa
Shrubland Street Primary School, Leamington Spa
Sydenham Primary School, Leamington Spa

St Nicholas C of E Primary School, Alcester
Bishopton Primary School, Stratford-upon-Avon
Alderman Green Primary School, Coventry
Courthouse Green Primary School, Coventry

St. Osburg's Catholic Primary School, Coventry


 

 

 

PARTICIPATING PRE-SCHOOLS

 

Whitnash Nursery School

Pathways, Henley-in-Arden

Little Nutkins, Henley-in-Arden
Bishopton Childrens' Centre, Drayton Avenue,
Stratford-upon-Avon
The Childrens' Centre, Parenting Project, Alcester
Clopton Nursery School, Stratford-upon-Avon
Bridgetown Nursery School, Stratford-upon-Avon
The Clopton Childrens' Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Conkers, part of Court House Green School, Coventry
Courthouse Green Pre-School, Coventry
Polka Dot Nursery, Stratford-upon-Avon

Lillington Childrens Centre, Leamington Spa

PARTICIPATING SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Northleigh House School, Haseley Knob
Henley-in-Arden High School
Riverside House School, Henley-in-Arden
Alcester Academy
Stratford-upon-Avon School

OWN BOOKS Co-Ordinator for Warwickshire area Julie de Bastion juliedebastion@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

PARTICIPATING PRIMARY SCHOOLS

 

St Richard's First School, Evesham

 

 

 

WORCESTERSHIRE AREA

 

 

 

 


St Andrews C of E First School, Evesham
Kingfisher School, Redditch