World Book Day is designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading! World Book Day is celebrated in over 100 countries across the world and acknowledges authors, illustrators and readers.
On 1st March 2018 children in schools across the world came together to celebrate what was the 21st edition of World Book Day. Children are encouraged to bring their favourite book to school and share it with their class. World Book Day brings readers together to mark the importance that books play in our lives in terms of education, emotion, pleasure, and community.
AISPP celebrated World Book Day with a morning parade around the school with the Year 5/6 students leading the way, collecting students from the other classes (right down to the 2 year olds!) along the way. All the students and teachers were dressed up as their favourite book character with costumes inspired by 101 Dalmatians, Batman, Mr. Men, Eric Carle, May Gibbs, Roald Dahl and more! The parade culminated with a whole school photo in front of the primary building.
AISPP parents were invited to spend the morning reading with their children. Many parents took the opportunity to spend time in their child’s learning space engaging in their child’s learning. This was fantastic to see! The parents also enjoyed the parade with lots of photos being snapped along the way.
After the parade, the children gathered for a Celebration of Learning Meetup where they were encouraged to share how books make them feel, why we should value books, and what different types of books there are. The students were so engaged, sharing that some books made them feel happy whereas others made them feel sad. Some children prefer fiction books, whilst others prefer non-fiction. Teachers and students then all watched a read aloud video of The Gruffalo.
The morning celebration concluded with children returning to their learning spaces to either read independently or listen to a Thought Leader read aloud. Children were encouraged to venture into different learning spaces and listen to different Thought Leaders reading aloud.
One child wondered why we didn’t celebrate book day everyday and whilst today was designated as World Book Day it doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate and cherish books everyday of the year!