We had plenty of virtual events and activities organised by the School Library Team for our first ever (and hopefully last!) remote World Book Day this week.
The Library launched a Guess Who’s Reading competition for all pupils on Thursday with many of our staff having been great sports in either submitting photographs or having submitted to Library staff ambushing them and taking their photograph! Our rogues’ gallery of staff readers includes a clue in the book title which is obscuring the faces. You can view the images and enter the competition via firefly.
Staff also put together a film which was played in House and Form assemblies on Thursday in which they were talking about ‘The book that defined me as a reader’. The video can be viewed here.
Even the World Book Day tokens went digital this year and will be emailed to all pupils next week (to be printed at home).
All of the LR and UR benefitted from a virtual author visit (via Zoom) with a very contemporary young author Sarah Ann Juckes during P1 and P2 on Thursday. Sarah Ann’s The world between us which was also published on World Book Day so it was very exciting and interesting for the pupils to hear from Sarah on her book publishing day.
A big highlight of King’s World Book Day was an extra special broadcast of The King’s Voice podcast which focused entirely on The Great KSW book exchange. Please listen to hear from some of our brilliant pupils who have engaged with the Exchange and discover what inspired them to recommend or borrow particular books. We will also get to find out about some of the lovely connections that this wonderful project has enabled – by bringing together both recommender and reader of the same book. Listen to the fantastic podcast below:
This week also marked the last week of The Great KSW Book Exchange. This wonderful project, the idea for which came from our Head Girl Olivia and her U6 monitors, has been extremely successful in its aim of making the most of our shared love of reading to keep pupils connected during lockdown. Thus far we have had over 220 recommendations, 50 of which have already been requested via the Exchange. There are some superb recommendations, which resonate with the joy of reading and with finding that perfect book. We really appreciate the support from parents and guardians who encouraged our pupils to celebrate World Book Day by making the most of this wonderful opportunity to find the perfect book as recommended by their peers.
To mark the return of our pupils, they will also have the opportunity to collect one of the special World Book Day edition books from the Library (no token required).
In the meantime, please enjoy this delightful (and pretty cool!) first-ever official World Book Day song from the nation’s favourite rapping English teacher MC Grammar! It is packed with lovely reference to classic and new picture books which both parents and children will be able to relate to – can you spot them all?
Miss Jeffery, School Librarian