This year marked the 25th anniversary of World Book Day, and wow, did we celebrate it in style?!
On Thursday 3rd March, the classrooms and corridors of Bourne Elsea Park Primary Academy were literally buzzing with excitement as the 25th World Book Day was celebrated. Each year the children stun the staff at our school with their passion for reading and books, and their enthusiasm for dressing as their story-book heroes, but this year the children exceeded everyone’s expectations!
Every corner of the school was filled with classic, well-loved characters including; Harry Potter, The Big Bad Wolf, The Stick Man, Gandalf, The Queen of Hearts, Mary Poppins and even the odd Grandma from Little Red. But there were also plenty of new friends joining the gang, most notably Gangsta Granny and the Billionaire Boy. This year’s option for dressing a potato as a story character was also embraced by many, and Amelie Perry’s Dalek and Emilie Thomas-Burton’s Owl Babies were particularly fabulous!
However, this year’s extended World Book Day celebrations actually began on Tuesday 1st March, when the Year 3 children took part in an author and illustrator workshop with Bethan Woollvin, followed by a Trust-wide Zoom, where every child in the Abbey Academies Trust came together to share Bethan’s latest adventure, Three Little Vikings. To end the ‘meeting’, Bethan set the children the challenge of creating a fourth Little Viking. The children were bursting with excitement and desperate to get drawing, and that was before Bethan announced that the 7 most creative entries would receive an exclusive Bethan Woollvin print as a prize!
On the official World Book Day, the children began their day by gathering together in the hall. This gave them the perfect opportunity to share their outfits with one another, and a few brave souls performed a fashion show on the stage while hoards of heroes and villains found their seats. Once every character was in place, it was time for the children to take part in the What’s In The Bag? guessing game, where willing volunteers shared clues about their favourite books. One well-disguised teacher even got to live out a life-long dream of taking part in The Masked Singer when the children spontaneously burst into a chorus of “Take it off!” as she revealed the clues for her favourite book while wearing a stunning, The-Masked-Singer-Worthy lion mask. A moment that she will remember and cherish for a very long time!
Then, throughout the day, the children completed a wide range of story-based challenges and activities. From sharing stories with reading buddies across different year groups and planning and acting out adventures for their potato characters, to designing their Bethan Woollvin inspired Viking characters and writing World Book Day themed poems.
Mrs Campbell (Reception Teacher) said, “It’s just absolutely wonderful to see children coming together to share their love of books. It’s been a truly momentous day and I am thrilled to see how genuinely enthusiastic our children are about books and reading.”
All in all, it was a 25th World Book Day celebration to be proud of – we’re just devastated we’ve got to wait a whole year until we can do it all again!