The Perse School

Celebrating World Book Day

4 Mar 2016

Pupils at the Prep immersed themselves in all things literary as part of their World Book Day celebrations. From author visits to dressing-up as their favourite characters, the children have enjoyed an action packed, booked-filled couple of days.

The whole school was delighted to welcome author of The Boy Who Biked the World series, Alastair Humpreys, who came to talk about reading, books and his his adventures on his bike. He told the children he had always loved reading, and that his favourite book as a child was his atlas, which helped him imagine his future adventures around the world.

Alastair described in vivid detail his race across the Sahara Desert, how he rowed across the Atlantic and his walk across the Empty Quarter Desert, as part of his year of ‘microadventure’, for which he was named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year in 2011. He also shared the story of his challenge to cycle around the world, where he made a 46,000 mile journey across all five continents, taking four years in total! Here, Alastair raised money for the Hope and Homes for Children, which helps vulnerable children.

Today, pupils arrived at school in their finest costumes, as they dressed as their favourite book characters. There was a vast array of excellent costumes on display, from the Cat in the Hat to Gandalf and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz to Harry Potter. Teachers also spent time earlier today reading their favourite books to pupils. In their ‘library lessons’, the children were introduced to the World Book Day authors, and had a chance to write book recommendations to a friend.

An excellent day was had by all!

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