After many months of planning, it was finally time for the Library staff at Loreto Convent School to start World Book Day 2018. Despite the wind and rain, the children started to arrive in their fancy dress as a book character. After many weeks of preparation, the costumes were the best that the school has experience in recent years. The school has participated in World Book Day for many years, more recently the day has been organised by the Librarians, overseen by Anna Craig. This year there was a non-stop action planned day for children in all ages.

In the Library the day began with the World Book Day quiz. Key Stages 2 and 3 were issued a quiz with question to test their knowledge of popular books, an example of a question asked was “Can you name Spot the Dog’s little sister?” The pupils returned their answers in both quizzes and then prizes were awarded for the winning group of knowledgeable bookworms!

Year 7 pupils were extremely lucky to have an interactive session with their English Teacher, Mr Noguera. Pupils and staff watched video clips from famous authors who explained about their writing styles and how they use imagination to write creatively. Pupils in other classes used the World Book Day resources to encourage pupils to read and write, becoming second nature in their daily routine. With fun activities being experienced by all the pupils, this was a day that could not have been missed.

The Nursery children had a special visit from one of the librarians, reading Dear Zoo, Pirates in the Supermarket, Walking in the Jungle and Oi Cat using the interactive Smart boards. The pupils were enthralled listening to the story and seeing the picture books on the big screen. We were also lucky that Author Anna Bogie popped in to run a story writing workshop for pupils in years 2 and 7. Year 5 pupils were asked to give a class presentation on their favourite book. Some pupils chose to read, act out, and even show PowerPoint™ presentations which they had prepared. Children from the First and Middle Schools were also interviewed about World Book Day for the BBC School News Report.

A second hand book sale was also encouraged throughout the day; any child who donated £1.00 could then take a book home with them. The money raised would then be used to purchase new books for the Library for children to borrow and read. The children congregated in the school hall for a prize ceremony, where they were given a selection of prizes including a certificate, book and bookshop voucher.

Thank you to the Library staff, especially Anna Craig for all the hard work, preparation and dedication to enrich pupils with the joy of words.

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