World Book Day

Last week saw the nineteenth year of World Book Day and pupils in both the Prep School and the Senior School marked this annual celebration of authors and reading.

In the Senior School, all Thirds were treated to a talk by bestselling children’s and young adults author Julia Golding. This was the second visit to Bancroft’s by award winning Ms Golding, who also writes under the names of Eve Edwards and Joss Stirling.  This time she took as her theme literary mash-ups. This is the concept of how authors can get their inspiration by combining factors from different literary genres.  One of the most obvious examples of a mash up would be the combination of the school story (represented by Tom Brown’s Schooldays) with the fantasy world of wizardry (think Gandalf in Lord of the Rings) to produce the Harry Potter novels.  Pupils then joined in with a brain storming session to create the genre, scenario and characters for their own novel.  During lunchtime, all pupils in the Thirds and Removes were invited to collect their free world book day books.

Down at the Prep, librarian Mrs Houghton encouraged all years to decorate their classroom doors to represent different books, with prizes for the best decorated! Children were given the chance to discard their uniforms for the day and to come to school dressed as their favourite book character.  Everyone made a splendid effort, with some fantastic costumes from a whole variety of books.  As ever, Roald Dahl was a popular choice with some Fantastic Mr Foxes as well as Willy Wonkas and Oompa Loompas.  There were also plenty of references to the classics such as Dr Seuss’s Cat in the Hat, Alice in Wonderland and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The teachers also joined in the fun with a very regal Pharaoh from Mr Layburn!

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