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Artist/s: North City Library Tiny Tots and Toddler Time
A design based on hands and how they are used to play games, sing and rhyme, express love and friendship, point to letters and pictures, turn bookpages…









All Join Hands...It's Story Time! 

Artist/s: North City Library Tiny Tots and Toddler Time
A design based on hands and how they are used to play games, sing and rhyme, express love and friendship, point to letters and pictures, turn bookpages…
Artist/s: St Peter's CE Primary School
Key Stage 2 children discussed books that take them to parallel worlds, like Scream Street, Elindor, The Narnia Chronicles and Alice in Wonderland. Artist Gillian Parish helped bring ideas together.










Reading... A Portal into Another World

Artist/s: St Peter's CE Primary School
Key Stage 2 children discussed books that take them to parallel worlds, like Scream Street, Elindor, The Narnia Chronicles and Alice in Wonderland. Artist Gillian Parish helped bring ideas together. 
Artist/s: St Peter's CE Primary School
Key Stage 2 children discussed books that take them to parallel worlds, like Scream Street, Elindor, The Narnia Chronicles and Alice in Wonderland. Artist Gillian Parish helped bring ideas together.










The Wonderful World of Reading
Artist/s: St Margaret Mary's RC Primary School
All pupils were asked to submit a design to reflect a love of reading and to encourage others to pick up a book. The winner and runner-up’s designs were combined to complete the final BookBench.

Giraffes Can t Dance










Giraffes Can't Dance
Artist/s: Saviour C of E Primary School
Pupils felt that the vibrancy of Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae celebrated the inclusive vision of the school and every individual in it; the uniqueness, differences, gifts and talents that they bring to our world.

The Elephant Thief










The Elephant Thief
Artist/s: Stanley Grove Primary Academy
The design is inspired by The Elephant Thief by Jane Kerr, which explores the story of Maharajah the elephant who, after walking from Edinburgh to Manchester in 1872, lived around the corner from the school! 

Webster Loves Reading









Webster Loves Reading
Artist/s: Webster Primary School
The design is inspired by the whole school’s love for reading, learning and creativity.

Webster Loves Reading









Heroes
Artist/s: Wood Street Mission
Families voted for an author whose stories would inform the design and Roald Dahl, with his young, kind-hearted and heroic characters, was a clear winner.

The Amazing Manchester Travel Guide













The Amazing Manchester Travel Guide
Artist/s: The Manchester College Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Department
The students wrote about why Manchester is special to them and created a travel guide to celebrate and explore the city’s iconic, multicultural attractions. 

Joey s Bench










Joey’s Bench
Artist/s: The Lowry
The artwork is inspired by the National Theatre's production of the well-loved Michael Morpurgo novel, War Horse: it’s an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey.

MCMA BookBench










MCMA BookBench
Artist/s: Manchester Creative and Media Academy
Students’ favourite books inspire the design.

The Journey










The Journey
Artist/s: Heald Place Primary School
The school shows its allegiance, respect and support for the plight of refugees all over the world through its design - inspired by the moving story of The Journey by Francesca Sanna. 

Books Behind the Wall










Books Behind the Wall
Artist/s: HMP Manchester
Prison learners shared favourite books with the prison community by writing reviews to encourage others to explore these titles, and stimulate an appetite for reading and increasing knowledge. 

The Greatest Stories Ever Told









The Greatest Stories Ever Told
Artist/s: Holy Trinity C.E. Primary School
Pupils from the church school chose their favourite stories from The Children's Bible and designed their own interpretations - exploring the school’s teachings of good morals and values.

Briscoe Lane s Favourite Characters











Briscoe Lane's Favourite Characters
Artist/s: Briscoe Lane Academy
This design represents the children’s favourite characters such as Paddington Bear and Tracy Beaker, and much-loved books including: Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Gruffalo, and Fantastic Mr Fox.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory









Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Artist/s: Oswald Road Primary School
The whole school was invited to participate in an online vote for its favourite book, followed by an exciting art competition. The story chosen holds an enduring appeal for all children and families.


Freedom Bench










Freedom Bench
Artist/s: Loreto High School
The Carnegie Shadowing Group’s design symbolises themes from books nominated for the 2017 award. Images of oppression and captivity are contrasted with light and hope. 

Mr Men and Little Miss









Mr Men and Little Miss
Artist/s: St Luke's CE Primary School, Longsight
The pupils have used this BookBench to express their sense of humour and wide variety of unique personalities. 

I Spy









I Spy
Artist/s: St John Bosco RC Primary School
The School Council suggested a fairy tales theme. After a competition to draw fairy tale characters, the winning drawings can be found hiding in the beanstalk that is inspired by the book Each Peach Pear Plum.

How to Train Your Dragon










How to Train Your Dragon
Artist/s: St Luke's CE Primary School, Longsight
The protagonist, Hiccup, is an inspiration for many of our pupils due to his resilience, hard work and determination to “become a hero the hard way”. 

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant









Elmer the Patchwork Elephant
Artist/s: St Luke's CE Primary School, Longsight
St. Luke’s core values of respecting others and celebrating difference are explored through this colourful design.

The Values of Reading a Good Book









The Values of Reading a Good Book
Artist/s: The Co-operative Academy of Manchester
Favourite books and characters illustrate the Academy’s values of fairness, ambition and respect, while quotes show what it means to pupils to read widely and for enjoyment.

Always Time to Read









Always Time to Read
Artist/s: St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School
Pupils believe there is always time to read, no matter what time of day or night! For design inspiration Key Stage 1 pupils thought about their favourite characters in both classic and modern books.

Cool Characters Unite









Cool Characters Unite
Artist/s: St. Bernard's RC Primary School
The entire school explored ideas for the BookBench. It became apparent that familiar and similiar characters were being drawn and talked about. The focus for the design became cool characters!

Keep Calm and Read Everyday









Keep Calm and Read Everyday
Artist/s: St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School
The school encourages pupils to read for pleasure everyday. For design inspiration Key Stage 2 pupils discussed their favourite book characters from both classic and modern texts.

Chorlton the Secret Garden









Chorlton the Secret Garden
Artist/s: Chorlton Library and Chorlton Traders
This design idea was inspired by the gardens and green spaces around Chorlton, joined with a love for books and literature. It was brought to life by artists Jo and Fi.

Get lost in a good book 1










Get Lost in a Good Book
Artist/s: Moston Fields Primary School
Key Stage 1 pupils had lots of fun discussing their favourite books and bringing them to life through some amazing designs. They were inspired after exploring different book covers and reading new stories.

Get lost in a good book










Get Lost in a Good Book
Artist/s: Moston Fields Primary School
Key Stage 2 pupils discussed and explored different stories that had been read independently and as a class. They have created a design that showcases and brings to life lots of their favourite characters. 

Our Bee









Lifelines - Drawing the Threads in Newton Heath’s Wildlife and Waterways
Artist/s: Newton Knitters & Art Club and Friends and Families of the Library
Inspired by traditional canal art and the working people who lived around the Rochdale Canal. 

All At Sea 2










All at Sea
Artist/s: Forum Library and the Paint Pots group
The group members, supported by artist Lydia, created a design inspired by their love for painting the sea and their memories of a famous novel set at sea. 
If Music be the Food of Love...Books Must Bee...













If Music be the Food of Love...Books Must Bee...
Artist/s: Archives + and Central Library
Archives+ and artist TJ Dolan (Krek) encouraged visitors and youngsters from Manchester Youth Council to explore Shakespeare's influence on literature and reading via multi-artform creativity. 

A Visit to the Museum...









A Visit to the Museum...
Artist/s: Medlock Primary School
The pupils were inspired by their special relationship with Manchester Museum, its collections and the book The Boy Who Really Really Loved Lizards, which documents a boy's visit to the museum. 

A Balloon for Grandad








A Balloon for Grandad
Artist/s: Wilbraham Primary School
Across the school, memorable images and phrases from the book by Nigel Gray were used to make designs. Some were chosen and combined to create images of amazing places from across the world.

Please note: this bench is displayed at Alexandra Park Cafe, which does not open until Wednesday 19 July.

Bear Hunt  Chocolate Cake   Bad Things









Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake & Bad Things
Artist/s: Z-arts
This design commemorates Z-arts' interactive ‘Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things’ experience, inspired by the well-loved author Michael Rosen.

We Are All Born Free










We Are All Born Free
Artist/s: Z-arts
For this design, children, young people, parents and carers chose favourite illustrations from We Are All Born Free, exploring why they are important to them and reflecting Z-arts’ caring community. 

Super Srcrumptious StoryBench










Super Scrumptious StoryBench
Artist/s: Martenscroft Nursery School and Children's Centre
The children discussed their favourite nursery rhymes and stories while sitting on the bench for inspiration!. They then created designs based on their favourite story The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Lost Happy Endings










The Lost Happy Endings
Artist/s: Ravensbury Community School
The school believes reading for enjoyment is the key to unlocking the rest of the Curriculum. The children discussed what they enjoyed about reading and selected one of their favourite stories.

Bezzie Mates








Bezzie Mates
Artist/s: Beswick Library Community Book Bench
Friends from Mary and Joseph House were inspired by their shared enjoyment of reading and games like chess and scrabble during their weekly visits to the Library.

Library of Souls









Library of Souls
Artist/s: Chorlton High School
This competition-winning design, created by Year 8 students Maisy Halley and Billie Tyrie, was influenced by the mysterious world of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Come Read With Me








Come Read With Me
Artist/s: Chorlton Park Primary School
Pupils in every year group discussed the books that they liked to read and the stories that ignited their imaginations. Their favourite characters and quotes are displayed on the BookBench.

When You ve Got a Book  You ve Got a Friend










When You've Got a Book, You've Got a Friend
Artist/s: Claremont Primary School
The design is an exploration of characters (and some settings) from traditional tales, myths and legends, to science fiction and stories from other cultures.

A Stitch In Time









A Stitch In Time
Artist/s: Gorton Library
The knitting, cross stitch and craft group have created a light-hearted and fun reflection of their many creative talents and love of the proverbial text!

The Ice Cream Heroes of Haveley Hey









The Ice Cream Heroes of Haveley Hey
Artist/s: Haveley Hey Community School
The design is inspired by The Ice Cream Heroes of Haveley Hey, an original children's book written and illustrated by all of the pupils with the help of the Fantastic Fiction Factory.

Someplace To Go

 

 

Someplace To Go
Artist/s: Levenshulme High School
Pupils researched their favourite books and many chose books with inspirational female characters. The school’s own novella features in the design as well as the four women that the school Houses are named after.

Magic and Imagination at Lily Lane










Magic and Imagination at Lily Lane
Artist/s: Lily Lane Primary School
Upper Key Stage 2 competed to have their design on the Bookbench. The winning designs were the ones that expressed a sense of magic and imagination.

The Crane and the Peacock









The Crane & The Peacock
Artist/s: Longsight Library & Learning Centre
The Library's Reading Hack group for young people worked with local artists to design a gorgeous feathers and birds design incorporating text from Aesop’s fable, The Peacock & The Crane.

Books Spring to Life









The Manchester Hive
Artist/s: The Manchester College Supported Learning Department
Students chose to celebrate the diverse literary achievements of Mancunians using the popular symbol of Manchester Worker Bees found throughout the city.

Books Spring to Life 2









Manchester’s Secret Gardens
Artist/s: The Manchester College Supported Learning Department
Celebrating Secret Garden author Frances Hodgson who was born in Cheetham Hill, the design by students also represents the city’s many green spaces that can inspire the imagination.

Wander Through the World of Words...









Wander Through the World of Words...
Artist/s: Rushbrook Primary Academy
A design inspired by the favourite stories and authors of all 756 pupils. The children worked in small groups to decorate the BookBench using a mixture of their ideas.

100 Years of Roald Dahl s Wonders










100 Years of Roald Dahl's Wonders!
Artist/s: All Saints Church of England  Primary School
The school celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as favourite characters from Roald Dahl novels. He would have been 101 years old later this year and this BookBench celebrates his life and work.

Benchill s Favourite Story Books










Benchill’s Favourite Story Books
Artist/s: Benchill Primary School
Talented children from Superstars to Year 6 designed and painted the artwork. Characters from Class Read books, which range from much-loved classics to modern fiction, inspire the design.

60 Years of Reading










60 Years of Reading
Artist/s: Broad Oak Primary School
Celebrating 60 years in 2017 the school’s design represents the children’s favourite authors and books from across six decades starting with The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, first published in 1957.

Make Your Voice Heard









Make Your Voice Heard
Artist/s: Moss Side Powerhouse Library
The Library and the Hideaway Youth Project came together to think about how reading can open up and nurture creativity, imagination and talent by inspiring the exploration of new opportunities.

Magic Hideaway

 

 

 

 



Magic Hideaway Bench
Artist/s: Withington library
Illustrator Caroline Coates worked with tiny tots, children and families at the Library to find out what they love to read and share: hidden stories, hidden treats, monsters, unicorns and more… 

When Books Spring to Life

 

 

 





Books Spring to Life
Artist/s: Higher Openshaw Community School
The School Council undertook research to determine pupils’ favourite books and bedtime stories. The results have been brought to life in the design, which features popular literary characters. 

Cringlebook Primary School









Read for Pleasure, Read for Life
School Name: Cringle Brook Primary School
The children discussed favourite books and authors and created their own book designs. Recurring themes were children reading, dragons, and under the sea, which were combined in the final design.

When Books Spring to Life 2









Books Spring to Life
Artist/s: Higher Openshaw Community School
The School Council undertook research to determine pupils’ favourite books and bedtime stories. The results have been brought to life in the design, which features popular literary characters. 

Artist/s: St Peter's CE Primary School
Key Stage 2 children discussed books that take them to parallel worlds, like Scream Street, Elindor, The Narnia Chronicles and Alice in Wonderland. Artist Gillian Parish helped bring ideas together.










Let's Dive into a Book Together 
Artist/s: St Peter's CE Primary School
Key Stage 1 children explored stories linked to the ‘Under the Sea’ topic such as Sharing a Shell, Commotion in the Ocean and Dougal's Deep Sea Diary. Artist Gillian Parish helped pull their ideas together.
 
 
 

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