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Jolabokaflod: an Icelandic tradition of Christmas Eve reading

Jolabokaflod sees Icelanders gifting books to each other on Christmas Eve. By evening, they snuggle up to read their new books.

If you want to join Mrs Fenton's campaign to start Jolabokaflod (literally translated as a flood of books) here in Rotherham or if you want to buy someone special a gift to treasure, here are recommendations from a great site called Books for Topics.

My Life as a Cat by Carly Sorosiak is currently being enjoyed by our Y5/6 classes. Her other book, I Cosmo is equally brilliant.

Mrs Fenton and Polly H both loved Ship of Shadows by Maria Kusniar.

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrani Farook is breath-taking with descriptions straight out of the latest Aladdin film.

The Nightbus Hero is by Onjali Rauf who also wrote The Boy and the Back of the Class, a firm favourite at Fitzwilliam.

In terms of non-fiction, Amazing Islands really does contain some amazing islands, a new one for Mrs Fenton being the beautiful island of Socotra.

Last but by no means least, if your child hasn't read the Flat Stanley books, why not? Mrs Fenton's favourites are his adventures in Egypt, Space and Mount Rushmore.

Have a jolly jolabokaflod!

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