World Book Day – a conclusion for 2013

I hope that you enjoyed our series of posts for World Book Day when we shared teachers’ favourites with you.  We certainly enjoyed hearing about what everyone is reading at the moment and are very happy to continue with celebrating in this way.  Quite often, it is difficult with our busy schedules and curriculum to squeeze extra moments to pause and think about reading, especially within the secondary school environment, but it’s good to know that there are others within our organisation who share our passion for books.  I read an interesting feature by Erica Wagner, Literary Editor of The Times where she talks about World Book Day celebrations in her son’s school, in last Saturday’s edition (9th March).  She says:

” My son’s in Year 8 now … so – thank heavens – he doesn’t have to dress up any more.  I’m pretty sure we did James Bond one year too (yeah, yeah of course there are the movies, but there were books first), and William Brown another.  This year, I offered to help his teacher in persuading a few authors to come into the school to speak to the kids, as well as offering to come in myself for an afternoon.  Well, easy enough for me to do from my position, you might say, and I wouldn’t be the the one to correct you.  But I like to think that it’s never a bad thing to do what you can, whatever that might be: I am not much good at all, I promise you, when it comes to helping out with sports day, and I know plenty of people who are.  And World Book Day wouldn’t be the huge success it is if it depended on people like me.

It does depend, however, on writers who have a passionate commitment to turning children on to the wonder and delight of books. ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’ was broadcast from Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on Thursday, and presenter Tony Robinson said the goal was to reach three quarters of a million children… And it depends, most importantly, on every single parent, every single carer, who is able to reach out to his or her child – or niece or nephew, or friend’s child – with a book.  Of course it’s important that reading is part of the curriculum, and that children study books.  But the best way to study something is to discover, first, that you love it – and that’s what World Book Day is really about.”

What else can I say?

erica wagner Photograph:  Erica Wagner, The Times

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Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

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