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World Book Week 2019

Within the normal full calendar of St Paul’s Juniors, it became impossible to just celebrate World Book Day on a single date, so we decided to spread our celebrations across the whole week!

Colet Library ignored the usual atmosphere of quiet, busy reading as World Book Week activities took off. On Monday the two WBW challenges were introduced.


Library staff had noticed that some excellent books had become rather overlooked by the current students. These books were removed from the library shelves, wrapped in brown paper and placed in a large trunk. Boys were challenged to borrow one of these unloved books, and commit to reading a substantial amount, preferably all of the book, and then give a written or oral review to gain a House Point. More than 250 boys have taken up this challenge so far.


The other challenge, linked with sharing stories for World Book Day, was ‘Match the Book to the Map’. Numerous children’s books of many genres have associated maps that tell part of the story or help to establish the landscape. The Library Staff wanted to encourage an understanding of this relationship. Images of twenty-two maps were displayed in the library with entry forms that not only give the author and title but a clue about the map; the challenge was to match the correct map to the book title. This has proved very popular with nearly one hundred entries (including five anonymous papers).


Lower First Years also celebrated this week with Karen Inglis, a local author who came into school on Tuesday to talk to the boys and share some of her stories.
On Thursday those boys left in school took part in a World Book Day Assembly with Miss Dixon whilst the Lower Second Years visited the Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros. Studios, a trip arranged by the Drama Department and fortuitously falling within World Book Week.


On Friday the First Years enjoyed the treat of sharing stories with many of the adults in the school as well as the excitement of dressing up as their favourite book character. The book tokens, sponsored by National Book Tokens were also distributed on Friday, giving the boys the wherewithal to buy one of the special £1 books at any bookshop or to buy a book of their choice with £1 discount.
At St Paul’s Juniors, so many of the boys are enthusiastic readers who need very little motivation to read; World Book Week Activities help to support and maintain that enthusiasm and engagement. 

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