Reading Rooms celebrate World Book Day 2017

World Book Day, a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) reading, was held on Thursday 2nd March. On the day, children of all ages come together to appreciate reading. The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

We asked some of our participants at the Reading Room in Bushmills as part of Arts Care‘s Health and Wellbeing programme to share their favourite childhood books to help us celebrate World Book Day. The ladies favoured the classics from their childhoods, such as Treasure Island and Red Riding Hood. Staying with the classics, Sacred Heart Primary School read CS Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as part of Reading Rooms’ Children in Need programme.

Little Legends hosted a great World Book Day session with Oakgrove Integrated Primary this morning in Easons, Foyleside Shopping Centre. The Primary 2’s shared their love for reading with Verbal’s Little Legends officer Claire. We read stories, poems, sang some wonderful songs about crocodiles, monkeys and pirates! Just have a look at all their brilliant book character costumes in the video below.

Also at Foyleside, pupils from Nazareth House Primary had some great ideas and stories to tell in their afternoon session. Some even read our poem out loud with great confidence and wonderful reading skills!  At Newpin, Waterside, all the children had a wonderful experience with their parents deciding what they ‘Would You Rather Read’ on World Book day – Oliver Jeffers came out at the winner! In other sessions across the country, groups read Hugh Lupton‘s story ‘The White Rat’ and extracts from RJ Palacio‘s book ‘Wonder’,

The World Book Day celebrations also extend to this Saturday at Little Legends in Eason’s at 11am in the Foyleside Shopping Centre. Derry/Londonderry. We have stories, games and treats for you. Come dressed as your favourite book character, there’s a little prize for the most imaginative costume!

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