25th Mar, 2019

LOOK: Schools across Solihull celebrate World Book Day

Sarah Mason 15th Mar, 2019

SCHOOLS across Solihull celebrated World Book Day in style.

Pupils at Grace Academy Solihull enjoyed a ‘Bookie Breakfast’ to celebrate World Book Day.

Ashley Connolly, the school’s librarian, organised the breakfast to encourage students to sit down together and talk about, and read, a new and diverse range of books.

Ashley said: “Reading should be a social activity, not a private one.

“We want students to talk to each other about the books they are reading and share the stories with each other.

“We tell reluctant readers that they shouldn’t make reading a chore and should do something to make it more enjoyable like listening to music or eating cookies and drinking tea at the same time.

“I was once given the third book in a trilogy to read, but I hadn’t finished the second one in the series, so I ordered myself a takeaway and really enjoyed finishing the second book and eating at the same time.”

Year seven pupil Keeley Dukes was at the breakfast and said: “I really like the idea of mystery books because sometimes, when you like a particular author, you can get stuck on reading that author all year long.”

Youngsters from Solihull Junior School also got the chance to share their love of reading with their peers on World Book Day.

The school’s theme for the event was bedtime stories, so pupils donned their best pyjamas, slippers, dressing gowns and onesies to enjoy the activities.

Mark Penney, Solihull Junior School headmaster, said: “Our pupils have so much love for literature and books, World Book Day is the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate.”

Meanwhile, bookworms at Tudor Grange Academy held a book swap to mark World Book Day.

The pupil reading club – LitWits – hosted the event for the whole of year seven to celebrate reading for pleasure.

Pupils were invited to take in a novel they enjoyed and wanted to share and write a review before swapping at the event.

English teacher Lydia Dyckhoff said: “The students were creative, thoughtful and kind in their recommendations.

“The buzz in the corridors, and the enthusiastic discussion of reading, was great to behold.”

 

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