Celebrating a love of literature on World Book Day

BOOK CLUB Schoolchildren at Claremont Prep celebrate the 26th annual World Book Day

This year’s World Book Day on March 3 was celebrated across the Borough with lots of pupils, both young and old, getting into the spirit of dressing up as their favourite book characters.

Schools including Claremont Primary, St John’s Primary, Benenden School, The Mead and Claremont Prep School, welcomed children dressed as all sorts of traditional and contemporary literary characters including Little Red Riding Hood, The Gruffalo, Where’s Wally, Harry Potter and Dennis the Menace. There were even a few witches, dragons, aliens and fantastic foxes thrown in for good measure too.

World Book Day is the globe’s biggest celebration of authors, illustrators and their imaginative creations and this year celebrates its 26th anniversary.

Every year the event gets bigger and better, with more and more schools actively participating and making it both fun and educational. And despite some local schools participating in the national teachers’ strike on March 3, many children didn’t lose out as lots of World Book Day events were rescheduled for the following day, Friday March 4.

Inspiring children to get into reading lies at the heart of this much-loved literary festival, which is celebrated in more than 100 countries across the globe.

Another bonus, apart from actively encouraging young readers, is that every single schoolchild receives a £1 National Book token to buy one of the special £1 books or to put towards another tome of their choice.

The £1 books are special editions of much-loved works which are available for a limited amount of time in March.

This year’s collection includes Joe Wicks’ Bedtime for the Burpee Bears, Pippa Goodhart’s You Choose Your Adventure, Lenny Henry’s The Boy With Wings: Attack of the Rampaging Robot and A.M Dassu’s Boot It!

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