This year many of our academies are taking part in the 20th anniversary of World Book Day. It is a day to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and reading! Over the years our students have taken part in some great activities; from dressing up as their favourite book characters to creating their own stories to share with fellow class mates.
This year is no exception and below are just a few examples of how children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading within our academies:
Weston Favell Academy - Northampton
The Academy is welcoming the brilliant authors, Sarah Crossan and Brain Conaghan. Students will be able to meet the authors and get personalised signed copies of their book; We Come Apart. The Academy is also hosting a competition which gives students the chance to win a £10 book token by guessing which members of staff are hiding behind some famous book characters. Students can find these images on the academy Twitter and on display around the academy.
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Welland Academy - Peterborough
The Welland Academy is taking part by encouraging their students to dress up as their favourite story characters. See the academy Twitter on the day for photos.
Nottingham Academy - Nottingham
Nottingham Academy secondary side are taking part by challenging pupils to guess their teachers dream autobiography titles in the 'who am I?' quiz. There is also a design a book cover competition alongside the quiz.
The primary side of the Academy are hosting a second hand book sale, book themed cake sale, character fancy dress and a parent/carers story time. See the academy Twitter for more information and photos
This national event fits perfectly with the Trust’s campaign for this term which is all about supporting young people to grow into the right careers. There is lots of evidence to suggest that reading whilst growing up is beneficial. For example, the latest Kids & Family Reading Report, a biannual national survey of children ages 6–17 and their parents, shows the importance of reading aloud to children from an early age and the inequities around access to books in the home. Click here to view the report.
Whilst students are able to explore the pleasure of books within our libraries and learning resource centres, one of the main aims of World book Day is to provide children with the opportunity to have a book of their own. Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd, children are given a voucher that can be exchanged in participating booksellers for one of ten free books or £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99.