Young readers get books bonanza at Etz Chaim


Children at Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School will not be lost for words after the opening of its new library.

Chris Wormell, author of Two Frogs and Scruffy Bear and the Lost Ball, dedicated the £20,000 room, which can seat a whole class and comes equipped with £2,000 worth of new books donated by the Parent School Association as well as internet access.

"We believe that a reading child is a successful child," said Yvonne Baron, head of the free school, which opened three years ago in Mill Hill, North London.

Parent Lynn Zeloof was "excited my kids will be able to take out books that they're interested in. I think it is great to get them encouraged in reading at home."

Her son, year three pupil Eli Zeloof, seven, said: "They have lots of good books in there and it is very big. I'm most excited about non-fiction, science and history."

His sister Lia, four, in reception, preferred stories. "I like Owl Babies [by Martin Waddell]," she said.

Sam Rose, seven, said: "Chris came into school and taught us to make up new characters that we can put on the wall in the new library. We did a drawing for the wall - it had dragon wings and a giraffe neck."

Rocko Lewis, also seven, was particularly looking forward to getting his hands on the school's Dan Freedman collection.

He said: "There is lots of football in them and I support Spurs."

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