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Launched in September 2023, EXTOL Reads is a Trust-wide initiative designed to kindle excitement for books among our children. The primary goal is to nurture a genuine love and passion for reading, presenting it as an enjoyable and enriching experience. A key emphasis is empowering children to cultivate their own voices and opinions. Understanding that expressing thoughts on a book contributes to informed future choices, EXTOL Reads encourages youngsters to vocalise their reflections on the books that they engage with.


The event was inaugurated by Hilary Robinson, the Trust's Patron of Reading and the renowned author of 'Peace Lily' and 'Where the Poppies Now Grow.' A dedicated space within schools has been allocated for children to select an EXTOL Reads book, spanning various genres such as fiction, non-fiction, picture and wordless, to read and subsequently review. This dynamic approach aims to not only enhance literacy skills but also foster critical thinking and self-expression, ensuring that the joy of reading becomes a lifelong pursuit for the participating children.


Below, you can read some of the reviews left independently by our children or alongside their families at home.

Our Reviews

Olivia-Rose – Year 6

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant - Nizrana Faroo; Year 5/6 Fiction; Rated: 5/5

"I loved this book because it was about adventure, comedy and mystery. It is very exciting and it will leave you laughing, questioning her choice of transport and feeling so sad that the book has ended. You will surely read it again!"


Lillie – Year 4

Seed - Caryl Lewis; Year 5/6 Fiction; Rated: 5/5

Amazing book about a magical seed! It’s Marty’s birthday and, as a present, his grandad gave him a seed. The magical seed grew bigger and bigger and launched them up. It is amazing!


Cece – Reception

Flashlight - Lizi Boyd; Wordless Books; Rated: 5/5

There’s no words in the book. You can see lots of different animals. I like it when you can see the owl peeking.


Alice – Year 5

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant - Nizrana Faroo; Y5/6 Fiction; Rated: 4/5

I liked this book because it is my favourite genre - adventure! This book builds a picture in my head and you can imagine being in the jungle. My favourite character was Princess Leela because she had an interesting story about how she got to be there. She treat the villagers with care, love and respect. Chaya was also brave and adventurous and a strong character.


Henry – Reception

Caged - Duncan Annand; Wordless Books; Rated: 4/5
Henry really enjoyed this book. He liked looking at the pictures and talking about the bluebird building her nest. His favourite part was when all the parrots were freed.


Leo – Year 5

Wilder - Penny Chrimes – Y5/6 Fiction; Rated: 3/5

I can decide whether I liked this book or not because I prefer to read non-fiction books . However, I did like the mystery of the characters in, they made me ask a lot of questions.


Oliver – Recpetion

Flotsam - David Wiesner; Wordless Books; Rated: 3/5

We enjoyed the pictures in this book and making our own story up.


Violet – Reception
Flashlight - Lizi Boyd; Wordless Books; Rated: 5/5

I really liked this book. You can see different things with the torch.


Florence – Year 2

Last: The story of A White Rhino - Nicola Davies; Picture Book; Rating: 5/5

Florence thinks this book is heartbreaking but good.


Lewis – Year 2

The Artist - Ed Vere; Picture Book; Rated: 5/5

Lewis loves this book, he likes it when the pictures come to life! Enchanting book, kept Lewis wanting to read until the end.


Harry – Reception

Flotsam - David Wiesner; Wordless Books; Rated: 4/5

This book got my child looking at the pictures and making up a story as to what’s happening!


Ava – Reception

The Tree & the River - Aaron Becker; Wordless Books; 5/5

Ava loved the colours of the towns as they evolved over time and the great details on every page.