Books bonanza for Portsmouth primary pupils who love their library

SMILES, Logan Cole, seven, and Fiona Curphey, five, from Highbury Primary School with some of the books collected at Sainsbury's.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (121613-3)
SMILES, Logan Cole, seven, and Fiona Curphey, five, from Highbury Primary School with some of the books collected at Sainsbury's. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121613-3)

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READERS had a day to remember at school when they were surprised with a giant stack of donated books.

They were given by Sainsbury’s customers backing The News’ Read All About It literacy campaign.

In total, 300 books in excellent condition were delivered to Highbury Primary from the superstore’s Farlington branch that has so far collected more than 500 books to restock school libraries.

The Cosham school, which encourages children to read and be read to every day, now has even more books for pupils to choose from, ranging from Mister Men to Shakespeare.

Jonah Spence, seven, who is half-way through a Harry Potter book, said: ‘We’re so grateful for these books. We will take good care of them.

‘As soon as I’ve finished Harry Potter I’m going to enjoy looking through the new ones before I decide what to read next.

‘I like all sorts of books, made up ones and real-life stories – they’re all packed with amazing ideas.

‘This is so exciting as it’s the first donation we’ve ever had and it’s huge.’

Fiona Curphey, five, has already claimed a Spiderwick Chronicles book.

She said: ‘I’m going to read this as soon as I get home – I love scary stories, I can’t wait.

‘I feel very lucky to have all these extra books to choose from. It’s going to be lots of fun.’

Holly Johnstone, 10, said: ‘It’s good to have a big selection of books.

‘It means there’s more chance for everyone to find something they like.’

Sarah Sadler, the headteacher of Highbury Primary, which has signed up to The News reading campaign, said: ‘This donation is great. We’re always trying to stretch our budget, but to have 300 quality books given to us is great.’

Sainsbury’s stores in Farlington, Portsmouth and Broadcut, Fareham, will continue to collect new or good quality second hand books.

Lesley Powell, of the Farlington store, who dropped off 200 books to Medina Primary in Cosham earlier this month, said: ‘The public realise the importance of reading and they are sharing their enthusiasm for books.

‘When we took the children to the library and showed them the books you could see their eyes light up.

‘We’ll be thanking our customers for their generosity and asking them to keep the book donations coming.’