Librarian Rosie Pike from Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School shared with us this inspiring story. I would love some of these beautiful benches in my school, wouldn’t you? Rosie says:
“This project has been achieved with the help of a donation from the Friends, allowing the acquisition of book benches and colourful exterior bean bags and seating. Inspired by the National Literacy Trust’s book bench project in London we were able to buy two blank book benches. Author and illustrator of the Katie books, James Mayhew, who also created a ‘Katie in London’ bench for the ‘Books about Town’, joined Prep School pupils in the art room to help create a special ‘Katie in Bishop’s Stortford’ bench, painted by the pupils, and another inspired by the theme of gardens in children’s books. Pupils had previously engaged in a competition to design the two benches and the winners of this competition contributed tothe final painting of them.
The College is extremely grateful to the Prep School Friends and James for making this fantastic project possible. The Prep School Librarian Rosie Pike said, “It was a thrilling day for all involved. Seeing how the benches developed during the course of the day was amazing, and an idea of the fun that was had can be seen in this time lapse video.
The benches are now a focal part of our new library garden, and as you can see are well used by the children!”
(All photos of pupils used with full permissions)
If you would like to purchase one of these book benches, they can be backordered from the Wild in Art website. Contact Joy Young, and she will be able to help you.
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