Every Decorated BookBench Tells a Special Story…

Thousands of young people from over 140 schools and community groups in the West Midlands have decorated 175 BookBenches with designs inspired by their favourite novels, comics, poems and prose.

With the help of generous partners, supporters and venues, we are thrilled to share their wonderful designs with you.

 

1. The Enchanted Story Tree

The Big Read, 1. The Enchanted Tree
Broadmeadow Infant and Nursery School BookBench inspired by the theme of habitats, flowers and insects. The children on the design team explored non-fiction books and the theme of habitats, and this....

2. Horrid Henry

The Big Read, 2. Horrid Henry
Broadmeadow Junior School BookBench inspired by Broadmeadow Junior School’s interpretation of the Horrid Henry series, written by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross. During World Book We....

3. Our Favourite Books

The Big Read, 3. Our Favourite Books
Chilwell Croft Academy BookBench inspired by the characters from our favourite books. Chilwell’s school council worked in collaboration with artist-in-residence Andrew Tims to develop ideas and pa....

4. A Journey Through Words

The Big Read, 4. Journey Through the Woods
Christ Church C.E. Primary School BookBench inspired by how a book can feed your imagination. The process started with the idea that a book is best when shared, so Christ Church CE Primary School as....

5. Myths and Monsters!

The Big Read, 5. Myths and Monsters
Colmore Junior School BookBench inspired by ancient Greek Myths and Monsters. The children in Year 5 were studying Ancient Greece. They particularly enjoyed reading about the myths and legends and w....

6. Gilbert’s Rest

The Big Read, 6. Gilbert's Rest
Gilbertstone Primary School BookBench inspired by our children's favourite literary characters. The children spent time thinking about what makes a book special. It is the characters, they decided, ....

7. You, Me and a Cup of Tea

The Big Read, 7. You, Me and a Cup of Tea
Hallfield School BookBench inspired by our favourite book characters. Children from across the Upper School submitted BookBench designs that were based on their favourite books and characters. A tea....

8. The BFG

8. BFG Hillstone Primary
Hillstone Primary School BookBench inspired by Roald Dahl's The BFG Hillstone Primary School is passionate about giving children a real love for reading, not just because attitudes are linked to att....

9. A Fairyland Dream

The Big Read, 9. A Fairyland Dream
Kings Rise Academy BookBench inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream and the art of the Pre-Raphaelites. The BookBench depicts a fairyland dream, using the colour palette of the Pre-Raphaelite artists....

10. Pandora’s Box

he Big Read, 10. Pandora's Box
Mansfield Green E-ACT Academy BookBench inspired by the Greek myth of Pandora's box. Year 3 enjoyed exploring the wonderful topic of 'Gods and Mortals.' They read about a wide range of Greek myths. ....

11. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with Perry Beeches II

he Big Read, 11. The Mad Hatter's Tea Party with Perry Beeches II
Perry Beeches II The Free School BookBench inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. During PSHE lessons, the whole of KS3 participated in a competition to come up with the best design idea f....

12. The Jungle

The Big Read, 12. The Jungle
Perry Beeches IV The Free School BookBench inspired by the book The Jungle Book and the work of artists Henri Rousseau and Pierre Maxo. Students generated ideas around the theme of The Jungle Book a....