online poetry workshop

As part of our World Book Day activities Class 2 and 3 took part in an online poetry workshop led by poet Ian Bland. The children had a really good morning writing their own verses to a poem called I'd like to be'. Two children were chosen to read theirs out to over 3,000 other children taking part! Each year we mark World Book Day - sometime choosing to dress up as our favourite storybook characters and running special reading events and inviting guest readers. But why is a celebration Wold Book Day so important to us at Kirkby Malham Primary?

Unlocking Worlds: The Significance of World Book Day for Children  

Every year, children around the globe eagerly anticipate the arrival of World Book Day — a celebration of literature, imagination, and the power of storytelling. 

At its core, World Book Day is about fostering a love of reading and promoting literacy among children. In a world increasingly dominated by screens and digital distractions, books offer a sanctuary —a gateway to new worlds, ideas, and perspectives. By encouraging children to engage with books, we hope to ignite their imaginations, broaden their horizons, and instil in them a lifelong passion for learning.  B

ut World Book Day is about more than just reading —it's about the transformative power of storytelling. Through books, children can explore different cultures, historical periods, and fantastical realms, all from the comfort of their own imaginations. They can empathise with characters, confront moral dilemmas, and grapple with complex emotions, gaining valuable insights into the human experience along the way.  Moreover, World Book Day is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of voices and stories that populate the literary landscape. From classic tales to contemporary bestsellers, books offer a window into the myriad perspectives and experiences that make up our world. By exposing children to a wide range of authors, genres, and narratives, we hope to foster empathy, understanding, and appreciation for the rich tapestry of human experience.  

Importantly, World Book Day is about empowerment. Through reading, children gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to navigate the world around them. Whether they're solving mysteries with Sherlock Holmes, embarking on epic adventures with Harry Potter, or exploring the wonders of the natural world with David Attenborough, books have the power to inspire, educate, and transform young minds.

As educators, parents, and caregivers, our hope for World Book Day is simple: that every child will discover the joy of reading, unlock the treasures hidden within the pages of a book, and embark on a lifelong journey of learning and discovery.

We hope that through this experience, children will not only become better readers but also better thinkers, dreamers, and citizens of the world. So as we celebrate World Book Day this year, let us remember the profound impact that books have on our lives and the lives of children everywhere. Let us recommit ourselves to promoting literacy, fostering a love of reading, and empowering children to unlock the infinite possibilities that lie within the pages of a book.

Remember: "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." (Dr Seuss)