World Book Day 2021

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World Book Day, which takes place on Thursday, 4th March, 2021, celebrates the joy and value of books and the art of reading. The worldwide events of the day are particularly aimed at children. Whether your child is at home or at school, he/she can still mark the day.The theme again this year is ‘Share a Story.’ Parents and carers are encouraged to share a story book with their child/ren.

World Book Day is running a SHOW YOUR SHARES competition this year that, with your consent, your child might want to participate in. A story share could be: reading at home with your family, reading your favourite book, reading in an unusual location, sharing a story with your pet, reading a book whilst dressed as your favourite character, and more. For the next four weeks, World Book Day will award prizes for the best story shares with a different theme each week. The prize is a £100 National Book Token a £100 National Book Token per family, per week with the best pictures featured in the World Book Day online gallery. You have to upload a photograph or video of your story share onto the following page https://www.worldbookday.com/show-your-shares/ Please keep an eye on the school website for details for each week’s theme. This week’s theme is ‘Books That Make You LOL’. Upload a photograph or a video of you reading a book that makes you laugh, or of you sharing a story in a silly way or you reading dressed as your favourite funny book character.

This year each child will be issued with a single-use digital version of a £1 World Book Day token. The token can be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://www.worldbookday.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/booktoken_PrimaryUK.pdf This token can be either printed at home or shown to sellers on a phone or on a tablet screen. This can either be exchanged for one of the special £1 World Book Day books, or it can be used towards the cost of any book or audiobook priced at £2.99 or more. The token can be redeemed at most major supermarkets and bookshops. To find your nearest supermarket or bookshop visit: https://booksellers.org.uk/wbd Vouchers are valid from 18th February, 2021, up until 28th March, 2021. However, due to the fact that bookshops are currently closed, the tokens will be honoured beyond 28th March, 2021, while stocks last.

On World Book Day, if your child currently attends school as the child of a Key Worker, he/she may attend school dressed as his/her favourite book character or in his/her pyjamas. If your child is at home, he/she can still dress up. Each class teacher will schedule one of their weekly ‘catch-ups’ via Zoom on this day so that the children at home have the opportunity to show their costumes or pyjamas to others. As the theme is ‘Share a story’, class teachers in Years 1-6 will pre-record a video of them reading a book out loud. However, the story that the children in these year groups listen to won’t be read by their class teacher but by another teacher. Reception will have their weekly story time on World Book Day with Mrs Jilks.

Also, on Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021, during a device-free afternoon, children across the school will be asked to transform a hard-boiled egg into an image of their favourite book character. I am informing you in advance as you may wish to purchase some resources during your weekly shop.

The joys and benefits of reading are enormous and we, in school, hope to continue to encourage and enthuse your child with a love for reading that will last well beyond World Book Day, 2021.

Thank you for your support.

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