Bradford Literacy Champions give the gift of reading on World Book Day

01 Mar 2018
Bradford Literacy Champions - Frizinghall

Bradford Literacy Champions will be giving out World Book Day £1 book tokens to local children this World Book Day, 1 March, as part of their work to boost literacy levels in the city.

The Literacy Champions project is an initiative from the Bradford Stories campaign, run by the National Literacy Trust and Bradford City Council. Literacy Champions are local volunteers who want to make a difference in their area by supporting the campaign. The initiative aims to tackle Bradford’s literacy issues at a community level, by empowering local people to improve the literacy of those around them.

Literacy Champions across the city are currently being trained up to deliver projects in their local communities. Through the Bradford Stories campaign, the Bradford Literacy Champions will distribute 100 extra World Book Day £1 book tokens to children they are working with through their community projects.

Examples of ongoing Literacy Champions activity include:

  • A group of men at West Bowling Cricket Club are planning and running targeted story sessions to help dads support their children’s reading and swap books with each other
  • Students at Beckfoot Upper Heaton School who have been trained as Literacy Champions will be working with Year 7 students to support their reading
  • A group of mums at Parkwood Primary School will be running family storytelling sessions for other parents at the school to encourage literacy at home, as part of the Neesie programme
  • Mums at Frizinghall Primary School are creating an anthology of short stories and book lists to share with fellow parents to encourage them to read more widely as well as reading to their children

Celebrating World Book Day

On World Book Day every pupil in the city will receive a £1 book token, which can be exchanged for a World Book Day book or used to get £1 off a full price book. Thousands of children across the city will dress up as their favourite book characters and enjoy fun reading activities. Bradford schools are planning to celebrate in a range of different ways:  

  • Groups of Year 8 students from Oasis Academy Lister Park in Bradford and Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley are meeting to work on a book that will address their lives in and out of school. The book will feature photographs, poems and short stories that will explore the similarities and differences of school, home and community for young people growing up in Otley and Bradford
  • Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College will be visited by Huddersfield University’s Dr. Michael Stewart, writer of the novel King Crow, who will be running workshops with our Year 7-10 students on how to write fantastic fiction
  • One in A Million Free School will be launching their Readathon on World Book Day, a sponsored read to raise the profile of reading for pleasure whilst raising money for books for children in hospital
  • Girlington Primary School will be hosting storytelling sessions from the National Literacy Trust’s Bradford Hub Manager Imran Hafeez, and dedicating all English lessons throughout the week to celebrating a love of reading