World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a ‘worldwide celebration of books and reading’, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
This year is the event’s 20th anniversary, and on 2nd March 2017 children of all ages came together to appreciate reading.
At St Michael’s Primary School in Figheldean, children dressed up as pirates, and they enjoyed a visit from children’s author Alison Smith, writer of the Captain ‘O’ books. Alison told the children swashbuckling stories as she read from her books.
Our schools’ events were all about getting children closer to the books and authors they already know and love, and encouraging them to keep discovering new books.
Bulford St Leonard’s children wore masks of their favourite literary characters that they had made. Sarah Ward, principal at the Bulford school said: “The day consisted of activities linked to books and our early years’ parents came in to school to share story-time, and they also helped the children make gingerbread people before enjoying their baking with a glass of milk.”
The Bulford primary school also had a secondhand bookstall for ‘swaps.’
Durrington Infant School children celebrated by going to school dressed up as their favourite book character. The day included a whole range of book-related activities, from children listening to stories, talking about a favourite book, creating artwork related to books, to looking very carefully at pictures, and how the pictures help to tell stories.
Helen Mathieson, CEO of Salisbury Plain Academies, which is a multi-academy trust (MAT) said: “Through stories and reading, children are exposed to the richness of language and this encourages them to expand their vocabulary and improve their understanding of the world.
“Our schools’ events were all about getting children closer to the books and authors they already know and love, and encouraging them to keep discovering new books.”
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