Island Read 2007 aims to get thousands of people reading and talking about Andrea
Levy’s award winning novel Small
The novel should be suitable for confident readers at upper
secondary school level and above, though it does include adult
themes and language that may be deemed inappropriate. Teachers
are therefore advised to read it before passing it on to their
To encourage young adult, reluctant and emergent adult readers
to feel part of the project we are also using Benjamin Zephaniah’s
Refugee Boy. This has been chosen for the thought-provoking way
in which it highlights the plight of asylum seekers and the valuable
contribution made to this country by immigrants. Follow the link
in the side-bar to find out more about the author. An activity
pack to use with this book has been produced and can be downloaded
For nursery, reception class and lower primary children (KS1,
reading level 2), we are recommending Amazing
Grace by Mary Hoffman.
This has been chosen because of its message that colour is no
barrier to ambition. Follow the link in the side-bar to find
out more about the author and suggestions for activities inspired
by this book, including downloadable activity sheets. The book
will also be of value at KS2 for prompting small-group discussions
in which pupils ask each their own questions about the feelings
of the characters and the issues raised by the story.
Copies of both books, along with the Refugee
Boy activity pack,
are being distributed by partners in the project via schools
Schools, colleges and adult learning groups participating in
the project are encouraged to send us their drawings, poems,
stories and other work inspired by their reading of the books,
and reports on educational activities that are taking place.
We will publish a selection on the website.
For details of the special events taking place as part of Small
Island Read 2007, go to the What’s
To read about activities that have already taken place in schools
and other sites as part of Small Island
Read 2007 and to submit
your own reports and material, go to the News
and Press page.
To make a comment on the book you have read or share your own
tales of migration, go to the Reader
For details of books and weblinks related to the topics raised
in Small Island Read 2007, go
to the Resources page.
Pupils at Colston’s Girls’ School taking part in a
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory workshop linked to Small
Island Read 2007.
Pupils at Hannah More Primary taking part in a Our Stories Make
Waves workshop. Read a report from Our Stories Make Waves here.
Pupils at Badminton School with books and display.
Pupil from Notre Dame High School Glasgow.
Valda Jackson, Ruth Pitter, Val Mower and Ros Martin who are running
assemblies and workshops in Bristol schools as part of Small Island
Read 2007 (Laura Thorne).
Display organised at Taunton Children's library in Somerset by