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What is World Book Day?

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s 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 is the 20th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 2nd March 2017 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

How did we celebrate World Book Day?

First, all the children gathered in the school hall to participate in paired reading. A child from class 2 was paired with someone from class 1. We all enjoyed reading books to each other.

Next, there was a parade of costumes and 2 winners from each class were chosen. It was incredibly hard to choose winners because the standard of costumes was so high. Lots of children had handmade their costumes – everyone looked amazing.

The children were invited to bring in books to swap for someone else’s preloved book. This was a good opportunity to try a new book.

Back in the individual classrooms, there were several activities throughout the day. The children were put in to small groups and asked to create a new story together, which involved their book characters. There were some very creative stories which had been invented.

The children also played “card on your face”, where a character’s name is placed on their forehead and they have 20 questions to ask to see if they can guess who they are.

Everyone also took part in the national competition to design the next book token, which will be released in all book shops before Christmas. Children took inspiration from their favourite books and characters. As this is the 20th year World Book Day has been running, a lot of designs included the number 20.

Overall everyone had a very enjoyable day and have learnt about some new books which they’d like to read next.