Leeds City Academy

World Book Day 2017

A worldwide festival of literature

On 2nd March, Leeds City Academy became part of the global celebration of all things bookish for World Book Day 2017. As part of the worldwide festival of literature, students collected book vouchers at the library and had the option of designing a bookmark as part of a wider competition.

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

The main aim of World Book Day in the UK is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. As a Reading Academy, Leeds City Academy sees World Book Day at the ultimate opportunity to raise the profile of recreational reading, in a world where young people are bombarded by audio-visual media. It is a time where the whole school comes together to rediscover the power of reading and writing for pleasure, which directly feeds into students' literacy.

Ms Capstick, Head of English, said: "World Book Day offers each student the chance to collect a voucher which goes towards a book of their choice. This gives students the incentive to extend their reading from the classroom into the home with any title they like. Recreational reading is a key part of our learning as a Reading Academy, and we are fortunate to have a wonderful library with a broad collection of books to enthrall and inspire our student readers."

Ms Rose added: "Despite English mock examinations taking place this week, I'm delighted that we still found the time to celebrate this unique day. Thank you to everyone who supported the festival, in particular Ms Harness who provides us with a wonderful library at the heart of our Academy community."

For more details about Literacy at Leeds City Academy, click here. More information about World Book Day can be found on their website here.