Celebrating World Book Day with Stoke Reads

01 Mar 2017
Stoke Reads - World Book Day

World Book Day marks its 20th anniversary on Thursday 2 March and a range of exciting activity is set to take place across Stoke-on-Trent.

As part of the Stoke Reads campaign, residents are encouraged to share the unique and exciting places that they read by posting a picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Everyone who posts a picture with #StokeReads will have the chance to win exciting prizes including books and theatre tickets.

Jason Vit, Literacy Hubs Manager at the National Literacy Trust said:

“Parents have a huge influence on their children’s reading habits and attitudes, and sharing stories for just 10 minutes a day is enough to make a difference. World Book Day is the perfect time to start the habit and discover how much fun story time can be. Whether reading in the park, on the bus or at bedtime, let’s get the people of Stoke reading everywhere!”

The National Literacy Trust and Stoke-on-Trent City Council officially launched Stoke Reads last week at intu Potteries. Over 2,000 books were given away to families, who enjoyed performances from professional storytellers. Over 200 people also visited the Little Library Van, which was parked outside the centre.

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. This year’s 10 titles include The Famous Five by Enid Blyton, Blob by David Walliams and Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson.

Thousands of children across the city will dress up as their favourite book characters and enjoy fun reading activities. Stoke-on-Trent schools are planning to celebrate in a range of different ways: 

  • Lots of primary schools across the city are holding events around the theme of ‘bedtime stories’, with pupils coming into school in their pyjamas
  • This includes Oakhill Primary, where pupils will bring in their favourite stories to enjoy with a cup of hot chocolate
  • Pupils at Hamilton Infants and Grove Juniors will be writing a whole school 'silly story', which will be read to pupils at the end of the day. Pupils will also take part in the National Book Tokens competition to create their own book voucher 
  • Waterside Primary School are holding a sponsored read, with the money raised going towards new books for their school library. On World Book Day, all classes from nursery to Year 6 will also pair up for 'buddy reading'
  • Students at Haywood Academy will take part in a book quiz throughout the day, with teachers reading out different questions in their lessons. There will be tasks for form groups to complete during tutorial, as well as props and activities in the library for students to investigate during break and lunchtime
  • At Birches Head Secondary School there will be different activities for each year group. Year 8 students will create a finger print detective story, while in Year 9 they will take part in a creative writing competition. The whole school will take part in a treasure hunt where students will search for teachers' favourite books, displayed in classroom windows
  • Students at Thistley Hough Academy will be competing for 'golden tickets' by demonstrating great reading or speaking skills. They will be able to cash their golden tickets in with Willy Wonka in the library and take home reading-related prizes

 Exciting events are also taking place at libraries in Stoke-on-Trent:

  • On Thursday 2 March, the Lempen Puppet Theatre Company will entertain pupils from Etruscan Primary School and Hanley St Luke’s Primary School with two performances at City Central Library in Hanley
  • On Friday 3 March,  Children from St Gregory’s Catholic Academy, St Paul’s CE Primary School and Belgrave St. Bartholomew’s Academy will enjoy Little Red Riding Hood and friends at Longton Library, performed by the Booster Cushion Theatre for Children
  • On Saturday 4 March, local author and illustrator Kate Leake will be at City Central Library for a storytelling session from 11.00am to 12.00pm, which is open to local families. Kate will be sharing her latest book, Who Ate the Cake?.