Bedales Book Day

By Hannah Parsons, Teacher of English

To celebrate World Book Night, the English department and Library collaborated with a mass distribution of books. Students and staff were asked which book they thought people might enjoy and a shortlist drawn up. After a variety of student pitches we voted on Facebook, and The Hunger Games came out as winner.

Bedales School - H Games

I ordered 200 copies imagining that we would read it together but quickly found that everyone had already read it! This called for a change of tack: Tim from One Tree Books came to the rescue with a book stall of all those shortlisted. We had themed food, made an audiobook, and dressed in costume, but by far the most rewarding outcome has been the conversations prompted by students recommending books. As Ernest Hemingway suggests, the pleasure of reading a brilliant novel for the first time is worth a million dollars. I hope our students will continue to enjoy their chosen books, long after the celebrations have ended.



Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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