Thursday 3rd March 2016 was World Book Day and from the moment the classroom doors opened at 8:40am there was excitement in the air. The children were eager to show teachers and friends their favourite books which they had been asked to bring in from home (some children were so excited they had whole collections spilling out of their book bags!).
Our day began with a whole school assembly where Mrs Wright, Mrs De La Salle and Miss Cox shared their favourite books with the children. We discussed all the different reasons why we might love a book e.g. the characters, the theme or just sentimental value. The saying ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ was also discussed as 14 wrapped presents were shown to the children. Each present was a brand new book with a short description on it and the children in each class would get the opportunity to choose one for their book corner during the day!
The afternoon then gave the children a chance to share their favourite stories from home with their reading partners (children whom they are paired with from a different year group) and friends in their class. There was a fantastic atmosphere and a real buzz about books. It was lovely to walk around school and see children totally engrossed in listening to stories, reading information and discussing aspects of literature that they really enjoyed. It was also a great chance for children to get some recommendations about new authors or collections they might like to read from their friends in their classes. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by the children and staff alike and has inspired other reading ideas so look out for future reading initiatives to inspire children to pick up a book.