Join the Welwyn Hatfield Times Book Club

Each week we will publish youngsters’ views on the books they’ve loved or loathed, in a bid to inspire them and encourage reading.

In partnership with Monk’s Walk School, whose librarian Adam Lancaster is chairman of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, the WHT Book Club is open to everyone aged under 18.

Mr Lancaster said: “I think it’s fabulous to have a partnership like this that puts reading in the spotlight as something that is important and to be celebrated.

“Reading is the best marker of future success.

“Regardless of ethnic or social background, if a child can read they will have a higher chance of future success.

“Positive reading opportunities are some of the best ways to create and sustain reading for pleasure in a child – the most important type of reading.”

He added: “We already run a number of outreach projects for our parents and feeder schools but to be involved with the WHT sharing our readers’ favourite books is a great opportunity to create more of these reading opportunities for others.”

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WHT chief reporter Kelly-Ann Kiernan added: “Finding a book or author you enjoy is one of the great pleasures of being a reader. “And the chance to give your views about a book, good or bad, and then debate it is a fantastic way to encourage more reading.

“The WHT Book Club is all about giving youngsters that opportunity.”

*To become a member of the WHT Book Club email with your name, age, school/college and one sentence saying why you enjoy reading.

(You need to live or go to school in the Welwyn Hatfield Times circulation area and be under 18.)

*If you would like to get your review published, keep it under 150 words and email it with your name, age, school/college and a photo of yourself to

*To see this week’s review see Wednesday’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.