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World Book Day

World Book Day
Karen Smith

World Book Day highlights focus on Literacy

With the strong focus on literacy within the Canford curriculum, World Book Day was an opportunity to further highlight this to the school community. 

The celebrations actually started in February with a visit from author, Laurence Anholt who talked to the Fourth Form about his first YA novel, “The Hypnotist.”  An inspiring speaker, Anholt spoke of his career writing and illustrating books and his move into writing for a teenage audience as well as his future plans for writing crime fiction and screen-writing.  He also impressed the audience with his passion for renovating houses!  The Q and A prompted some excellent questions from our Fourth Formers and pupils had the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of “The Hypnotist” after the talk.  More information about the book can be found here:

The theme of this year’s World Book Day was ‘Reading is Power.’  In the Library there was a reading wall of the most powerful books recommended by pupils and staff, and during the week, there was a World Book Day Quiz to test their book knowledge, with the traditional edible prizes for the winners.  £1 World Book Day tokens were distributed to pupils via houses alongside promotion of a National Book Tokens design competition.  More details about the competition are available here:   

Congratulations to the following ten winners of the Canford World Book Day Quiz;

Amber Herrington

Mary Sorokina

Annabel Kersey

Eleanor Coulson

Lucy Thorne

George Farthing

Charlie Peplow

Alex Daniel

Frances Fleming

Louis Potts

Contrary to reports in the press that reading for pleasure is in decline, our librarians have seen a substantial increase in the number of books borrowed by Shells since the introduction of Accelerated Reader and specific times for reading included in the timetable every week.  They saw the 120 Shells borrowing 769 books last academic year, within a total figure of 2,638 books borrowed across the school!

Mary Anne Hockey, Librarian, commented:

“Our specific World Book Day celebrations were actually over a month long – and ongoing!  I was delighted with the response to the various activities we organised and it was a great opportunity to get everyone thinking about the power of books and the positive influence that reading has on individual development and on general wellbeing.”

To read some of the latest writings from our pupils and staff, please visit our Academic Blog page

Thank you to everyone who nominated a powerful read for World Book Day 2019! Here is the final Top 10 recommended by pupils and staff...

1)     The Bible

2)     The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

3)     Life on Air by David Attenborough

4)     A Passage to India by E M Forster

5)     The Forgotten Soldier: War On The Russian Front - A True Story by Guy Sajer

6)     To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

7)     Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

8)     Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

9)     Exodus by Julie Bertagna

10)  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng



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