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Pupils share their joy of reading on World Book Day

07/03/13

Pupils in schools across Aberdeen are taking part in fun and educational activities to celebrate World Book Day today [Thursday 07 March].

Some Quarryhill Primary school pupils really got into the spirit of the day, Glen Christie (head of cow) & Mitchell Hewitt (tail). Children shared 'a text' from 11am for up to 30 minutes which saw them reading favourite stories, looking at film clips, listening to an author podcast, paired reading across the school - anything that involved children engaging and sharing text.

Aberdeen Grammar held a 'Big Read' at 11am for 15 minutes across the whole school with staff and children enjoying a text of their own choosing.

This simple activity aims to raise the profile of literacy and encourage a lifelong interest of reading across all schools which are key objectives of educators in the city.

A 'decorate a door' challenge was organised to get children to discuss their favourite books and authors and to use the stories as inspiration along with art materials to create a very special door.

Pupils at Aberdeen Grammar School have decorated a door to show the literacy journey pupils have made from 'early years' picture books such as 'The Hungry Caterpillar' through to literature for young adults from Harry Potter to Dickens.

At Quarryhill School, each class has chosen a book title to decorate their door. The nursery class has created a 'sweetie' door (with real sweets) to illustrate Hansel and Gretel while a P7 class has been inspired by the novel 'The Dark Isle'.

One door at Cults Academy has been altered to look like shelves in a library with each year group contributing by creating a 'spine' of a favourite novel.

Winners of the best dressed door will receive gift vouchers donated by retailers John Lewis and Waterstone's.

Other activities include a visit by reading champions to Middleton Park School while pupils and staff at Kaimhill School will dress up as characters from children's books. Quarryhill Primary school Nursery Teacher, Miss Audrey Park with Nursery pupils, Emily Shearer,Cole Donaldson,Jessica Mifsud,Georgia Webster and Cole Neil read Hansell & Gretell, and even decorated their class door with sweets

Aberdeen City Council's Convener of Education, Culture and Sport Councillor Jenny Laing said: "World Book Day is a fabulous way to get children of all ages to think about reading and talk to each other about their favourite books. Literacy is a key skill which everyone needs and I hope that by taking part in this initiative children will develop a lifelong interest in literature."

Lynne Giles, literacy development officer, Aberdeen City Council, added: "Good reading starts early and children who share books with others are more likely to develop language skills and advanced reading levels. World Book Day is a fun way to get pupils imaginations fired up and encourage them to become avid readers."

World Book Day aims to help children explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. To mark the day, all school children are entitled to receive a World Book Day 1 Book Token. It can be exchanged for one of eight specially published World Book Day 1 books or is redeemable against any book or audio book of their choice costing 2.99 or more at a participating bookshop or book club. For more information visit www.worldbookday.com