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Pupils develop an early interest in non-fiction.

Byline: By Lucy Lynch, EDUCATION REPORTER

PRINCIPAL of Davenport Lodge School Maureen Martin began her working life as a librarian before moving into education.

So she's taken a personal interest in creating a library at Davenport Lodge School and made sure all of the 150 pupils have a chance to visit and borrow books.

Roald Dahl novels, notorious for stories of adults coming to sticky ends when children get the better of them, are popular with the older children. Shirley Hughes is another favourite, while younger children enjoy a range of fiction and non fiction picture books. She said: "We've got thumb print technology so they can just use a thumb print to borrow books.

"Because they start reading young we find they're interested in non-fiction as well as stories by the age of five. We've made sure we have a good and varied collection and we take the older children on a visit to Earlsdon Library so they can learn how using the library will help them when they move on to junior school."

Davenport Lodge School, in Earlsdon, is a fee paying school which takes pupils up to the age of eight.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 16, 2006
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