Celebrating World Book Day 2016 at the National Literacy Trust

03 Mar 2016

It’s World Book Day! Over 100 countries all over the world will come together today to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and reading.
At the National Literacy Trust, we’re marking World Book Day with a range of exciting initiatives and events:

Young Readers enjoy special events

Thousands of pupils across the country are enjoying literacy-focused fun events on World Book Day, as part of the Young Readers Programme. The events promote reading for enjoyment by supporting children and young people to learn strategies for choosing books they’ll enjoy and selecting a free book of their own to keep. At Rotherhithe Primary School in London, where the Young Readers Programme is funded by British Land, our ambassador Miles Jupp will join the school’s special World Book Day event. Miles will chat to pupils about their favourite books and read Revolting Rhymes to the children. Find out more about the Young Readers Programme.

Premier League Reading Stars and competition winners announced

We are delighted to announce this year’s 20 Premier League Reading Stars on World Book Day, with a line up including Hector Bellerin, Charlie Adam and Leighton Baines. To support the innovative programme, which motivates children to enjoy reading, the top footballers have each named their favourite adult and children’s books. Today we have also revealed the lucky winners of a national Premier League Reading Stars competition for schools participating in the programme. The 20 winning pupils will be offered tickets for themselves and three of their friends and family to attend a Premier League game this season. Find out more in our press release.

Pupils in our Bradford Hub on the right track to develop literacy skills

To celebrate World Book Day in our National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford, our partner Grand Central Rail has transformed one of their carriages into an exciting hub of literacy activity for 30 Year 5 pupils. After receiving books from the Lord Mayor of Bradford, children will board the train and travel to and from Doncaster. On board they will enjoy storytelling and creative writing workshops led by local authors and take part in a competition inspired by the stunning Yorkshire landscape. Read more about the activity in our Bradford Hub.

New library opens in Bradford

Our National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford has also donated more than 100 books to a new community library that is opening today. As 60 children celebrate the opening of the library in Idle, we have set up up a Skype session with one of our Hub's international supporters. Tutu Dutta who lives in Malaysia will read from her book, Phoenix Song and talk to the children about the importance of storytelling.

x Tales winner announced with feature in the Oxford Mail

Today we also announced the winner of our competition for schools taking part in our Oxfordshire Gaining Momentum programme. Ox Tales challenged pupils to write about a place in the county that they feel strongly about. 678 entries were received and Freya Lovstrom from Larkmead School was chosen as the winner. Our media partner the Oxford Mail announced the winner in today’s paper, which also included a pull out with the 40 shortlisted entries. Read more on the Oxford Mail website.

Big Book Sales take place across the country

We are delighted that so many of our supporters and partners have chosen to raise money for the National Literacy Trust by holding a Big Book Sale on World Book Day. This includes lots of schools and Boots Opticians practices across the country, who will be celebrating reading by sharing books they’ve enjoyed with their peers and colleagues. Find out more about holding a Big Book Sale.

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