World Book Day Celebration In Scottish Schools

March 4, 2008

World Book Day 2008This Thursday 6 March sees the UK and Ireland celebrating the joy of books and reading, in the form of World Book Day. Backed by UNESCO, this initiative is marked in over 100 countries, although all the other nations celebrate the occasion on 23 April.

The reason for this date difference is because of recent successes involving Scottish schools. Organisers hold World Book Day during term time, to make the most of schools in Scotland participation.

World Book Day is a partnership between book publishers, sellers, and other interested parties, who come together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all.

One of the particular aims of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of reading books. This is done through the provision of opportunities to purchase books at discounted cost, and an itinerary of events and activities that schoolchildren can get involved in.

To support this aim, a Schools’ Pack is produced full of ideas and activities, display material, and other information, on how schools can get more involved in World Book Day. These are posted out to every school in the country that registers for the World Book Day beforehand.

National Book Tokens Ltd along with participating booksellers, also offer school children a World Book Day £1 Book Token. The Book Token can be exchanged for one of the nine specially published World Book Day £1 Books, or is redeemable against any book of their choice at a participating bookshop.

Events in Scotland

WBD at National Library of Scotland
06 March 2008, 10:00
Contact: 0131 623 4675

Type of event: Tour behind the scenes of the National Library

This year’s WBD will be celebrated by the National Library of Scotland with the opportunity to see behind the scenes of your National Library and see what’s new and what is changing. Tickets are available in advance only for the three different tours: 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm.

WBD at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
From 06 March 2008 to 07 March 2008, 18:30 to 19:45

Type of event: The Lost Happy Endings

A magical event suitable for all ages! The Botanic Garden Edinburgh are hosting a musical promenade adventure through the Botanics, based on the children’s book by Carol Ann Duffy. This event will be performed by Craigroyston Primary, Victoria Primary and music students from the University of Edinburgh. Warm clothes are strongly advised for this event as the route winds round through the easily accessible garden through the East Gate, Inverleith Row. Tickets are available from the Botanics shop at the East Gate in advance, cash only.

WBD at The Glasgow Academy Prep. School
06 March 2008
Contact: Jean McMorran – 0141 956 3758

Type of event: Book fair and dressing up

To celebrate WBD the school will be dressing up as a character from their favourite book. There will also be WBD wall displays across the school and the pupils will be bringing in books to prepare for a book fair to raise money for charity.

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~ Colin Galbraith ~


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