Celebrate World Book Day with Birmingham Stories!

To mark the 25 anniversary of World Book Day, Birmingham Stories are hosting several events for schools and families to get involved with throughout the week.

World Book Day virtual event with author Kereen Getten

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Schools are invited to join Kereen Getten, author of When Life Gives You Mangoes, for an interactive discussion about her writing and inspirations, taking place on Thursday 3 March at 11am.

Kereen Getten grew up in Jamaica but now lives in Birmingham with her family. She has previously written short stories for multiple publications including Notts Review and Adhoc Fiction. She was nominated for Best Short Fiction 2018 and highly commended for the FAB prize. When not writing you can find her out in nature, planning her next travel adventure, or watching Netflix.

This event is suitable for young people aged 9-13 and schools can Sign up now.

Please note: if you haven’t received a confirmation email, which contains your link to join, within 48hrs please email Connecting.Stories@literacytrust.org.uk


Families are invited to celebrate World Book Day at the Library of Birmingham

At 1.30pm on Saturday 5 March, children’s author Juliet Clare Bell will be running an interactive book reading at the Library of Birmingham.

Juliet Clare Bell is an established, Birmingham based, children’s author. She has written a range of warm, engaging picture books and early readers – including Ask First, Monkey, Pirate Picnic and The Kite Princess.

We will also be giving away copies of this year’s amazing FREE World Book Day books on the day.

Tickets are required for this event, as there is only space for 40 people. Please email childrens.library@birmingham.gov.uk to sign up.


Win a bundle of books!

Birmingham Stories Literacy Champion Abi has produced a creative writing workshop based on several popular books based or written in Birmingham. Submit your own piece of creative writing based on the video below and you could win a bundle of books! Entries should be emailed to birminghamstories@literacytrust.org.uk and must be submitted by 17th March to be entered into the prize draw.


Additional Resources

If you're unable to attend these events, the National Literacy Trust have a host of online activities for families to get involved with. Find out more on this webpage. You can also follow the Birmingham Stories Instagram and Facebook accounts for regular updates and activities from staff and Literacy Champions.