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Daily What's On?

Toppsta, the reading recommendation website, gives us an excellent daily (weekly from 6 July) overview of all the fantastic read-alouds, interviews with authors and illustrators, activities etc taking place on various online platforms that day. We'll post this update here each day (week) so you can pick what appeals and plan it into your schedule. Visit their website for full details and continued updates.

Happy watching, listening and reading!

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Summer Reading Challenge - Silly Squad - in Pembrokeshire Libraries

Funny books are one of the most popular genres in our school library. We all need to have a laugh, and especially so at the moment!

The Summer Reading Challenge theme for 2020 has a timely focus on funny books and there are so many fantastic titles to try. It's easy and free to join in.

SRC2020sillysquad-cymSRC2020sillysquadVisit the Summer Reading Challenge website for more information and to join in:

You can borrow books from Pembroke Dock, Tenby, Milford Haven and Fishguard libraries via an Order and Collect service. Orders are taken over the phone or from an online form. The books are selected by library staff for collection at an agreed date and time.

Anyone borrowing books will be given a Silly Squad pack of goodies, including a poster, stickers, a pencil, certificate and medal.

Ysgol Harri Tudur staff would love to hear if you've taken part over the Summer, so do let us know and bring in your certificate and medal to show us!

24 July 2020

Reading Pick 'n' Mix

Thanks to all the pupils and staff who have sent in photos of current reads, your reading nooks, your pets being read to etc. Here's the first video - hope you enjoy it. Do keep reading over the Summer and keep sending your photos in!

Stuck for ideas for what to read? - scroll down for some slideshows of suggestions for Year 6, Years 7 and 8, and Years 9, 10, 11 & Sixth Form.

22 July 2020

Reading Together Day: 16 July 2020

To celebrate the day, Year 7 share what they've been reading recently...

Reading Together Day: 16 July 2020

ReadingTogetherDay16JulyA great way for families, friends, schools and wider communities to come together, start conversations, share stories, make connections, celebrate reading and have fun! Events include authors and other contributors reading, virtual panel events, book recommendations and much more!

cathycassidyBe part of the live launch of Cathy Cassidy's new book, Forever Phoenix, at 2pm...

Tom PalmerJoin Tom Palmer at 11 a.m. for some footballing fun - activities, videos and free ebooks to enjoy together at home...

benmillerBe part of an audience with author, actor and comedian Ben Miller at 9 a.m., and hear about his fantastic funny time-travelling adventure, The Boy Who Made the World Disappear ..

For more information about these sessions and the other exciting events to celebrate Reading Together Day, visit the BookTrust website to see the full programme and links to use to attend a session.

You could also download a copy of the OU Reading Together Treasure Hunt - have fun!

14 July 2020

Slideshow of Recommendations for Year 6. Welcome to Ysgol Harri Tudur!

Click the first thumbnail to start the slideshow.

Remember to have a go at these Library activities ready for September.

Looking forward to welcoming you all to your new school library soon!

Slideshow of Recommendations for Years 7 and 8

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Slideshow of Recommendations for Years 9, 10 and 12

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Cressida's Creativity Summer Camp


Waterstones Children's Laureate 2019-2022, Cressida Cowell, held a week of 'Summer Camp' creativity from 6-10 July 2020, with an all-star line-up of illustrators and authors taking part - Liz Pichon, Chris Riddell, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Onjali Rauf, Zanib Mian, Eoin Colfer, Dapo Adeola and many more!

Find out more, catch up and join in with all the amazing ideas and activities!

We'd love to see your creations - please send them to Mrs Smith in the Library.

14 July 2020

500 Words: Black Lives Matter

Along with many thousands, some of you will have taken part in the 500 Words competition each year, enjoying writing some amazing stories and developing your storytelling skills.

A new 500 Words is about to be launched on Monday 29 June 2020, and if you're between 5 and 13, you're invited to join in!

Mrs Smith is privileged to have been a judge, along with other librarians and teachers, for several years, and is delighted to have been selected to judge again this time.


To enter: Use your imagination and draw on your own thoughts and experiences when it comes to Black Lives Matter and some of the changes we are seeing in 2020. Then write a creative short story in no more than 500 words.

Find out more on the 500 Words: Black Lives Matter website. It includes some really useful ideas to think about to get you started...

Starts Monday 29 June, 6.30 a.m. until Friday 3 July 2020, 11.59 p.m.

Tune into Virgin Radio Breakfast Show to keep up with the competition.

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30 Days Wild - Wildlife Trusts

#30DaysWild-logoGreat to hear many of you have been taking part with Miss Thomas and the Wildlife Trusts in the #30 Days Wild Challenge.

It's the Big Wild Weekend from 19-21 June 2020. Lots to do and get involved in, all connected with enjoying the world around us and the wildlife within it.

readingpicknmixRemember you can use your wildlife sightings for your 'Reading Pick 'n' Mix' too - "Find out about a bird, animal or plant you see on a walk, or can see from your house".

Thanks for all the pictures of your pets reading, your book nooks, etc. Keep sending them in to Mrs Smith and happy reading!

17 June 2020

CILIP Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal: Twitter Takeover

On Sunday 14 June, 11 am - 5pm, there is a #CKG20 Twitter Takeover with authors and illustrators from the 2 shortlists discussing their books with some of this year's judges.

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Prisoners of Geography

Hear Tim Marshall live - Friday 12 June at 2pm

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Listening to stories...

Lots of authors and their publishers have been really generous during the 'lockdown' period, offering activities around their books, plus interviews, and opportunities to hear their books read aloud!

Here are some links if you fancy sitting back and listening to a relaxing read...

Empathy Read Aloud! Enjoy listening to some empathy boosting stories and poems.

#EmpathyDay - Read stories. Build empathy. Make a better world.


World of Stories Audiobooks


Tom Palmer reads D-Day Dog to his own dog, Finn



9 June 2020

Young Wild Writer Competition:

hen-harrier-writing-posterShare what you love about the wilder side of Britain!

Write a story, poem, article, prose or letter on any theme or topic related to British Wildlife.

Hear your work read by Michael Morpurgo on Online Hen Harrier Day on 8 August 2020! Plus book bundles and a visit to school from author Gill Lewis to be won!

Closing date: 24 July 2020

Find out more!

5 June 2020

A week of YA - starts Monday 25 May

Join the 10 fantastic authors on this year's YA Book Prize shortlist for a week of chat about their books!

If you missed them, you can still catch up on The Bookseller's YA Book Prize website. All well worth a watch! A great insight into their writing, their inspiration and motivation, and the challenges and joys of writing.

Huge congratulations to Juno Dawson on winning the 2020 prize from all your fans at YHT!

[Don't forget you can reserve a copy of Meat Market or any of the books on the shortlist from the Library (just email Mrs Smith), and find some as ebooks via Pembrokeshire Libraries' BorrowBox.]





29 May 2020

hay-festival-logo-on-white-bgHay Festival on now!

The annual Hay Festival programme for children and young people takes place between Monday 18 May - Friday 22 May!

General events continue from Friday 22 June - Sunday 31 May - browse the programme here.

Watch amazing authors such as Onjali Q. Rauf, Cressida Cowell, Emma Carroll, Christopher Edge, Eloise Williams, Bali Rai, Liz Pichon, Muhammad Khan, Patrice Lawrence, Dean Atta and many more!

All free and easy to access on the Hay Festival website - and afterwards just catch up via Hay Player.

[Mrs Smith really recommends 2 excellent sessions from 18 May - Muhammad Khan and Patrice Lawrence - both really entertaining and thought-provoking. She loved Onjali Rauf and Emma Carroll too.]

18 May 2020

Reading Rainbow of Hope

rainbowofhopewithbooksThe Library's entry in the Expressive Arts Faculty 'Rainbow of Hope' Competition.

Why not enter the competition too?

Find out more...

27 April 2020

The Book of Hopes - edited by Katherine Rundell

bookofhopes-rundellThe Book of Hopes, edited by Katherine Rundell, has contributions from over 100 children's authors and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson. There's something for everyone!

It's completely FREE for young people and families - Read it here!

The collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.

27 April 2020

Book in a Jar Competition

Book in a JarThink of a book you love - or it could be a family favourite.

How could you recreate it in a jar? Now is your chance to get creative!

House points and prizes to be won

Find out more...

2 April 2020

Identify the Book Jacket Competition

The title and author's name have been removed from a selection of books. Can you still identify the book?

One point for the title and an extra point if you name the author too.

House points and prizes to be won!

Email your answers to Mrs Smith or

Find out more...

2 April 2020