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Clackmannanshire Council Online

World Book Day Celebrated

Published on:

09

March 2016

Clackmannanshire schools marked World Book Day last week with pupils across the county involved in celebrations by dressing up as book characters and taking part in reading-themed activities.

Muckhart Primary School embraced "Extreme Reading", with pupils choosing a number of unusual spots to get stuck into their favourite books! With pupils dressed as book characters, the school held a book hunt organised by the Pupil Councils and held a "Design a Book Token" competition.

Children's author, Judy Hayman visited Craigbank Primary School and read to pupils from her "Dragon Tales" books. They also hosted their annual book fayre and classes throughout the school participated in a range of World Book Day activities.

Banchory Primary School hosted a book sale where parents and pupils were invited to buy from a big selection of pre-loved books - 130 was raised and some of this money will be donated to Book Aid International in the spirit of the day.

Technology was the way forward at Coalsnaughton Primary where pupils worked with exchange students from Dollar Academy to create books, comic strips and movies using iPads.

Clackmannanshire Secondary School Support were the first school knocking at Waterstones in Stirling's door on Thursday morning to visit. Pupils also participated in paired reading with younger pupils and took part in the book token design competition.

Education, Sport and Leisure Convener Ellen Forson said, "Good reading starts early and children who share books with others are more likely to develop language skills and advanced reading levels. The events held in our primary schools were a fun way to get pupils' imaginations fired up and encourage them to become avid readers."

Notes to Editors

World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. World Book Day is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all. A main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland 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. To mark the day, school children are entitled to receive a World Book Day 1 book token (or equivalent €1.50 book token in Ireland) supplied by national Book Tokens Ltd. The 1 / €1.50 book token can be exchanged for one of ten (eleven in Ireland) specially published World Book Day 1 / €1.50 books, or is redeemable against any book or audio book of their choice costing 2.99 / / €3.99 or more at a participating bookshop or book club. The World Book Day 1 / €1.50 book token will be valid from 29th February to 27th March 2016.