To keep students reading during lockdown and to celebrate World Book Day at the Nottingham Emmanuel school, Mrs Stapleton decided to gift every student in years 7-9 a brand-new book of their choice, launching ‘The Big Book Giveaway’. We know that it is important that our students maintain a good reading habit and that reading can improve their literacy skills, mental health and support their academic success and The Big Book Giveaway seeks to support this. All of our year 7-9 students were emailed and asked to select a book before half-term, and we have packaged these up to be distributed and sent home. The students were given the choice of a variety of books including graphic novels, dyslexia friendly texts and books for readers of different reading abilities and many students responded enthusiastically to this broad range! Reading is for everybody and we want students to know that there isn’t a bad choice of book!
This is just one of the activities that we are running in celebration of World Book Day this year. Each day during the week of World Book Day we are also going to be sending out a variety of book related challenges and activities such as quizzes, author talks, encouraging staff and students to wear fancy dress, and running a number of different competitions. We will also be taking over the Enrichment session that is run every Thursday afterschool to challenge our students to do some creative book related tasks. But it won’t just be our students getting involved: our enthusiastic staff will be sharing books that they love and that have inspired them in their lessons on this day and we will have characters hidden within our lessons for eagle-eyed students to spot.
We are very excited about World Book Day this year and teaching remotely won’t stop us sharing this enthusiasm with our students!