Celebrating World Book Day

wbd2014_lime_leftNot that we need an excuse to celebrate books and everything to do with reading, but WORLD BOOK DAY is coming. In the UK and Ireland it’s Thursday 6th March 2014. So make sure you’ve got a good book to snuggle down with (or a screen to explore and enjoy).

If you work with children, here are some ideas for giving them a fun day:

1   Take Two Books

Consider a fun afternoon event, where children take two books to school with them. One is their absolute favourite, which they would never swap – and they must tell everyone why they love it so much.

The second is a book they like but are happy to swap, and they must tell everyone why, and put it into a pile for ‘swaps’. There should be a pile of books the children want to swap, so everyone can take something from this pile, if they want.

To make this even more interesting, invite along a local author, who can bring their own published book to talk about and do a Q&A session on. They can bring a book they want to swap, too, and tell everyone why.

2   Write A Story With Your Favourite Character

Take your favourite character of all time and write a story with them in it. This doesn’t have to be from the same kind of story the character is from. In fact, it’s more fun if you put them in a completely different kind of story. Imagine the Gruffalo as a policeman… or a dentist … what would that be like? A bit like fanzine stuff. Have fun.

3   Murder Mystery Day

All pupils who want to act a part, put their names into a hat. Pull six (or more) pupils’ names out: one is the victim; one is the murderer; one is the detective; one is the detective’s not-very-bright sidekick. Two (or more) are witnesses who tell conflicting stories… This could be such good fun and it’s up to the pupils watching to ask the right questions and catch out the murderer.

Just for starters: you could write a script where it becomes clear that the murderer and one of the witnesses know each other and are covering for each other. The murderer keeps changing his or her story and it becomes clear they don’t have an alibi. The not-very-bright sidekick keeps missing clues. That kind of thing makes it fun for everyone.

Anyone in the participating class can ask questions.

For more ideas, check out the Electrik Inc blog, where Kim Donovan has added her ideas too. And if you have some ideas of your own you’d like to share, leave them in the comments box – it would be great to hear from you.

Enjoy your books!

Kay Leitch, author of  Treasure This
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