encourage younger readers to feel part of the project, we have chosen
two books that address the theme of evacuees and children’s experience
of war. These are Nina Bawden’s Carrie’s War and
Helen Dunmore’s Tara’s Tree House.
Follow the links in the side bar to find out more about Nina Bawden and
about Karin Littlewood, the illustrator for Tara’s Tree House.
We have produced activity packs for these books. Download the packs as
a PDF and Word version at the bottom of the page.
To read about Helen Dunmore’s books for children, go to the Children’s
For background information on evacuees in Bristol go to the Evacuees
We would like to encourage schools and colleges participating in the project
to send us their drawings, poems, stories and other work inspired by their
reading of the books, and reports on classroom activities that are taking
place. We will publish a selection on the website and also forward some
to the Bristol Evening Post, who are partners in this project.
Follow the links below to submit your contributions.
To read about activities that have already taken place in schools and
other sites in the city as part of the Great Reading Adventure and to
submit your own reports, go to the News page.
To make a comment on the book you have read or to read
reminiscences of people who experienced the war in Bristol, go to the
Reader Contributions page.
For details of the special events taking place as part of the Great Reading
Adventure go to the Events and Competitions
For details of books and weblinks related to the topics raised in the
Great Reading Adventure go to the Bibliography and