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World Book Day – Wednesday 6 March

World Book Day was on Thursday 6th March this year.  This is a huge annual event, celebrating reading and books in more than 100 countries with more than 14 million book tokens handed out to pupils to enable them to obtain a free World Book Day book. 2014 is the 17th year of celebration.

We were well-prepared.  A group of staff who are part of the Literacy Teaching and Learning Group had met several weeks beforehand and had a brain-storming session to arrive at a range of ideas to celebrate the event and the days leading up to it.  Our World Book Day activities began before the actual day itself included a book-related competition, scary storytelling at lunchtimes in the Library, book quizzes, tutors reading to pupils during tutor time and the giving-out of a £1 World Book Day token to each pupil in school.

These could be exchanged for one of the special World Day Books, a supply of which were available in the Library on the actual day thanks to the help of ‘The Bookcase’ at Lowdham.  This year’s books included offerings from acclaimed authors Robert Muchamore, Maureen Johnson, Lauren St John, James Patterson, Jill Murphy and Sarah Lean. The tokens can also be redeemed at any participating bookshop against a new book of £2.99 or more right up until 30 March 2014.

We all really enjoyed our WBD celebrations this year at CFS.  A wide range of competition entries were received.  Our winners and runners-up were:

Year 7 winner – Emma Ward 7.4   Runner- up – Elizabeth Fisher
Year 8 winner – Emily Alexander 8.1  Runner-up – Isobel Munden 8.1

Highlights of the celebrations must also include the fantastic storytelling talents of Mr Coghill and Mr Gaunt who entertained groups of year 7 and 8 pupils in the Library at lunchtimes.  Mr Gaunt’s array of accents and hats were memorable and Mr Coghill created a wonderful atmosphere of suspense and anticipation.

Further information about World Book Day can be found on the website at;

There are details here about the teenage book app, trailers for new books, hints from authors about how to write successfully and competitions, including the ‘Design a Bookmark’ competition.  Entries for this can be handed to the Library until 22 April and will then be forwarded for consideration by the judges.  Excellent prizes are available for both entrants and schools.

Mrs D Staszkiewicz, CFS Library

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