Our work with schools

An important part of Kett’s Books’ work is to form mutually beneficial partnerships with schools.

  • Because of our links with publishers, we can provide up-to-the-minute information about new books.
  • Because we are a retail shop, we have access to discounts which schools may otherwise be unaware of.
  • Because we are neither home nor school, we form an independent voice to encourage and act as a role-model to reluctant and emerging readers.

We can also provide resources, from bookmarks and balloons, to author events.Back of child's head reading at Kett's Books

We are currently seeking partner schools who recognise that we are here to make literacy work easier, who wish to have discussions about how our unique position could complement their own work. For more information please contact the shop on 01953 603663, or send us an email via the contact form.

Some of our literacy projects and partnerships so far have included:
The sharing shelf, funded by James Patterson, is a sack-barrow converted into bookshelves. Members of the public leave a book for a child to discover, free of charge. (Spring 2015)

Even children whose parents will not bring them into a bookshop or the library should go home with a book in their hand.

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Sponsored Every Child is a Writer, the cluster-wide year-long writing project with Wymondham area schools (Summer 2015)

We attended each of the four gala days, gave out badges, stickers, bookmarks and balloons, talked to parents, and provided nine book vouchers as prizes

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Personal shopping service for Old Buckenham Primary, to refresh a tired book selection (Spring 2015)

We can work alongside teachers’ lesson plans to suggest fresh titles that bring topics to life.

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A Kids’ Book Group for KS2 brought boys and girls together to discuss issues such as tolerance and personal taste, and the responsibility to choose books which the child is ready for. (Summer 2014+)

I just wanted to thank you for book club again. Over dinner our son – a slightly reluctant reader – surprised me by saying he feels the club has made him want to read more – Pamela, mum to George

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Travelling large-scale book sales to parents, bringing latest publications, old favourites, balloons, stickers and advice to Morley Primary, Tacolneston, Wymondham College, Mulbarton Primary (From summer 2014+)

We want to create a sense of excitement around the books. Every child gets a balloon, even if they’re not buying anything.

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Supplied and advised on Reception story books for Robert Kett Primary School (Summer 2015)

We were thrilled to provide a competitive quote and offer advice on selections as the school transitioned from infant to primary.

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Advise parents on children’s reading selections (Feb 2014+)

I just wanted to thank you for talking with me about what my ten year-old reads before bed. She’s thought a lot about it, changed what she reads, and is now sleeping peacefully again. Thank you! – Emma, mum to Felicity

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Real-world opportunities for students to apply their learning (Feb 2014+)

We welcome students onto our volunteer staff. Our Christmas 2015 shop window is being devised and installed by students at Wymondham High School. One of our own key shop volunteers, a year 10 pupil, is leading the collaboration.

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Books in schools for World Book Day (2014+)

At World Book Day we have provided books for children to exchange their vouchers in-school, and hold competitions in the shop for book-related fancy dress. Our first World Book Day was only six weeks after our opening, yet we provided 300 books to Robert Kett Primary School.

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Children’s author event with James Mayhew (2014)

We welcomed James Mayhew to the shop. The writer and illustrator of the Katy art books, he’s worked with the) National Gallery for twenty years. The paintings he created while he told the children stories hang in the shop today.

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What can you think of?

We can also lead assemblies, talk to parents, hold evening ‘bedtime stories’ events – we are here to lend a hand, another pair of eyes, and a supporting voice in your literacy work. We’d love to hear about your needs, to create new solutions, and to talk about how we can work together.

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