World Book Day is being celebrated for the 21st year on 1st March 2018 and is an event designed to promote a love for reading. As it is today (so excited!) I wanted to share a bit about how we will be celebrating World Book Day this year.
How will you be celebrating?
Last year, our school had an entire Book Week which was amazing!
We themed all of our lessons for the week around books, specifically Roald Dahl, creating our own gobblefunk words in English and doing Roald Dahl-inspired Maths. Our year group costumes (for the teachers) were themed around the Twits so I was a Roly-poly Bird.
Each day ended with the ‘Big Read‘ where children from every year group moved around the school to listen to a variety of stories being read. Us teachers love getting to choose one of our favourite books to read, encouraging the children to get comfortable, and then bending their ears about how great that book is.
I like to turn the lights off and get lots of cushions and blankets so everyone can snuggle up to listen to the story being read.
I read The BFG, The Twits and The Spiderwick Chronicles, all of which led to some brilliant discussions and lots of those books being bought at the Book Fair. We ended the week with a costume parade and assembly with extracts from books, drama and other performances.
This year, we’re trying something new.
At the end of each half-term, each class produces an anthology or display of the work they have done in English that half-term.
Then, half of the class goes off to visit other classrooms and listen to presentations, watch drama, etc, while the other half stays to present their work. After one rotation, we switch around so everyone has a chance to share their work and go to visit other classrooms. This was a great opportunity for the children to see the fruits of their labour, get great peer feedback and see the variety of writing and creativity across the school.
In the afternoon, we had another ‘Big Read’ when I shared the brilliant Cogheart by Peter Bunzl with nearly 200 children. It went down a treat!
My class have produced a collection of traditional tales with alternative endings, Autumn-themed poetry, Ancient Egyptian War propaganda posters and a catalogue of spy gadgets. Still to come are Greek myths, a memory book and inventions to improve the world.
This year, on World Book Day, the entire school is reading the same book, the fantastic A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, then doing some activities surrounding it. I love the combination of Oliver Jeffer’s drawings with the text from Sam Winston but the thought of cutting up a book….not quite sure if I can bring myself to do it!
We’re following that with a costume parade (with each person presenting the book they are from and why they would recommend it) and finishing off the day with a ‘Big Read’.
This time around, I will be reading Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans. I’m really excited to share this because it is hilarious and I can see lots of children really enjoying it.
Each year group’s teachers choose a book to theme their costumes around, then give the children clues and extracts from that book during the day – this year I will be The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. It was suspiciously easy to put together a costume from my wardrobe – so far I have lots of different-coloured ribbons, a top hat and a copy of the book to read from when they ask who I am!
How will you be celebrating World Book Day this year?
Hope you have a great day, no matter how you are celebrating!