A Royal World Book Day experience
To celebrate World Book Day, the National Literacy Trust and Oak National Academy came together to create a virtual celebration of books and reading, featuring a special guest – Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall.
Middlesbrough Reads was asked to choose a school which had a large number of children of NHS workers to take part in this fantastic opportunity.
Acklam Whin was chosen, and four pupils had the chance to ask questions about books and reading to some of this year’s World Book Day authors – Zanib Mian, Katherine Rundell, and Tom Fletcher, as well as The Duchess herself. They were absolutely brilliant, and fantastic ambassadors for Middlesbrough.
The video is available on the Oak National Academy website, and has had 220,000 views so far.
World Book Day reading bonanza
As part of this year’s event, Middlesbrough Reads took delivery of an amazing 13,500 books from the publishers and World Book Day, which were given out ahead of World Book Day.
The donation meant that every Early Years and Key Stage 1 pupil across the town received a copy of Tom Fletcher’s ‘There’s a Wolf in Your Book’ or ‘Gigantosaurus’ by Jonny Duddle.
In addition, 14 primary schools took delivery of enough books for their entire school.
“We were delighted to receive a World Book Day book for every child in school, as not all of our children would have the opportunity to take advantage of their £1 book token. This amazing gift, thanks to Middlesbrough Reads, has ensured we can continue to promote reading at home – something we have strived to achieve during lockdown.”
Middlesbrough Reads was contacted by World Book Day to recommend a family to star in a video about the importance of sharing books together and reading.
Immediately Jellisha, from Corpus Christi School, sprang to mind following her amazing video book review at October half-term.
Jellisha, her dad Prabhu, and her younger brother Kisshaun were selected as one of 5 families from around the country to take part, and featured in the national World Book Day promotional material.
Tees Valley Music Service WBD
For World Book Day 2021, Middlesbrough Reads joined forces with the Tees Valley Music Service, promoting their World Book Day offer, mixing music, reading, and books.
Middlesbrough Reads donated book bundles for schools chosen for being especially creative and passionate.
5 March 2020 saw the last big event before the country went into coronavirus lockdown, where over 1,200 pupils from 26 local primary schools attended an author extravaganza at Middlesbrough Town Hall.
The event featured 7 of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors and illustrators as part of World Book Day’s Share a Story Live tour.
Despite coronavirus, on 25 March 2021, 65 schools from Middlesbrough, Stockton, and Redcar & Cleveland (with a couple from Wiltshire and London), signed up for a joint venture with ‘Drake-The Bookshop’ and Connecting Stories. Over 3,500 Middlesbrough pupils took part in the day.
Ten fantastic authors ‘visited’ the schools and there was something for everyone – from EYFS to Year 6, writers, illustrators, storytellers, local authors, and debut authors.
“What an amazing event! 10 authors in a day covering every age group with something for everyone! A real community event, and what an impact on the 700 children in our school, and on so many others at schools across the town. A brilliant way to celebrate everything about reading, to engage our children and remind them that reading is fun! An exciting day meeting some of the authors we love and some new ones we definitely want to find out more about! A huge thank you to everyone involved.” – Jon Hall – Assistant Head Teacher – Green Lane Primary Academy