Welcome Gomersal Primary School

Oxford Road, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, BD19 4PX

01274 879313


Last after School library for this school year will be Monday 25th June.

Welcome to our school Library


Regular reading at home has never been more important to support your child’s development.

Finding the right book is often key to turning a child into a reader – the book that connects with them, that makes them realise that reading can transport them, guide them, make them laugh, cry or simply entertain them, and some that might just make them realise that reading is fun.

Finding the right book takes time, to help choose why not look at the Books Trust website which gives recommended books for different age groups.  Click here to go to the books trust page.

We hope that within these lists you’ll find a lot of ‘right’ books, you may find some ‘wrong’ books too but that’s all part of the fun!

Let’s help our children to love reading!


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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was an excellent author of books and poems for children and adults but did you know he was also a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a medical inventor and a chocolate historian?


Born in Llandaff, Wales, on 13th September 1916 to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg, Dahl was named after Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian who had been the first man to reach the South Pole just four years earlier. A heroic start in life. But his early years were blighted by the tragic deaths of his older sister, Astri, and his father.

Wanting the best for her only son, his mother sent him to boarding school - first to St Peter's, Weston-super-Mare; then, in 1929, to Repton - where many bizarre and memorable events would later be recounted in Boy. Pupils at Repton were invited to trial chocolate bars, a memory that stayed with Dahl throughout his life, inspiring Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Schooldays happily behind him, Dahl’s lust for travel took him first to Canada, then to East Africa, where he worked for an oil company until the outbreak of World War Two. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force at 23 years old.

In September 1940, Dahl received severe injuries to his head, nose and back when his Gladiator crash-landed in the Western Desert. After six months recovering from his injuries in Alexandria he returned to action, taking part in The Battle of Athens. Later, after a posting to Washington, he supplied intelligence to MI6.

In 1953 Roald Dahl married the American actress, Patricia Neal, with whom he had five children. They divorced after 30 years, and he later married Felicity “Liccy” Crosland, who has furthered Roald’s legacy through the foundation of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity and The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

In 1960 Roald helped invent the Wade-Dahl-Till valve, prompted by the need to alleviate the head injuries endured by his son after an accident in New York.

There followed a burst of literary energy: in 1961 James and the Giant Peach was published in the US, followed by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald then wrote screenplays for the James Bond hit You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as adult novels such as Kiss Kiss. Fantastic Mr. Fox was published in 1970, the year before the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was released. The rest of the decade saw the publication of many other classics, including Danny the Champion of the World, The Enormous Crocodile, and My Uncle Oswald. 

Roald also enjoyed enormous success on television. Having already had his stories told in six episodes of the award winning US series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, his Tales of the Unexpected ran for several series between 1979 and 1988 in the UK. 

In the early 1980s he published The Twits, Revolting Rhymes, The BFG and The Witches. There followed two autobiographical books: Boy, in 1984 and Going Solo, in 1986. Matilda was published in 1988, Esio Trot in 1990, and finally, in 1991, came the posthumous delight of The Minpins.

Roald Dahl died on 23 November 1990, aged 74. He was buried in the parish church of St Peter and St Paul in Great Missenden - the Buckinghamshire village where today The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre continues his extraordinary mission to amaze, thrill and inspire generations of children and their parents.

Click the picture to be taken to the Roald Dahl website, where you can find out more about his work and his legacy.

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Thank you to all who attended the Harry Potter event, we were astounded at the response and hope you all enjoyed the day.  All money raised on the day will be spent in the library, already we have purchased some new book divider stands for the non-fiction section to help make things easier to find.


Book fair is coming to Gomersal Primary School this week....Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd 3.30-4.00pm in the main hall.  Please access the hall via the Early Years path. 

This year the book fair is being hosted by The Book People - we are hoping they will offer better value for money for all of you. Any book bought at the book fair will earn us points to spend on new books for the school library.   

We will also be running a raffle to try and raise some extra funds for the library, tickets are 50p each and we have some great prizes including an Amazon Echo Dot. Tickets will be sold to children during school hours and also be available at t.he book fair



All school library books will need to be returned to the library by Friday 6th July. Reminder letters will be sent out the following week for any outstanding books. 


Want to know more about your favourite authors or their characters? 

Most authors have brilliant websites with loads of fun information, games and competitions. Why not take a look at your favourite author and see what new things you can find out! 

Click on the a picture below to open one of these authors pages, or do a search for a different author.


We would love to know what books you would like to see in the library....click on the link to give us your ideas.

Let us know what books you'd like to see here


HOw the Library Works


Once a week each class will have time to visit the library, the library is set out  to try and make it as user friendly as possible, we have author sections, as well as sections of Dinosaur, Pirate, Fairy, Sports books etc.  If a child would like a specific book they should be able to find it or they can ask for the help Mrs Dewhirst who tends to know most of the books and where they are! 

Any book can be taken from the library, the only restrictions are that there is a year 5/6 area for some older children's books.

The children can keep the library book until they have read it but a reminder will be sent occasionally if the book has been out for more than a month, if for some reason the book gets lost or ruined we ask that you replace it with the same book or pay the lost book fee. Unfortunately we cannot let a child take a 2nd book out until the book is found/replaced or paid for.

Please encourage your child to look after the books, in book bags and rucksacks they tend to get shoved to the bottom, water bottles leak on them, pages tear and corners bend, so extra care needs to be taken if we are to keep these books for the years we need them to survive!


After school library club 

After school library club this year is on a Monday. This is an opportunity for parents to come in and help children to take another few books out in addition to the class library ones, again the library team are on hand to help with any requests and occasionally staff are around to read a story to those who come. (There's also juice and biscuits for anyone who takes a book or brings their child along so it's definitely worth a trip!)


Thank you!

Huge thanks to all the people who have kindly donated books to the library. We are very grateful to everyone.


Old books?

If your bookshelves are getting a bit full and you have out grown some of your books we would be delighted to give them a new home in the school library, these can be handed in to the school office.




Coming soon...

The new computer system in the library is now up and running and hopefully all teething problems have been sorted.

We hope that students will soon be able to log in at home and see which book they have out, check which books are in the library, write reviews on books they've read and give and receive recommendations on books.