On Thursday 6th March students at One celebrated World Book Day.
World Book Day is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all. A main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage young people to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.
To mark the day, young people are entitled to receive a World Book Day £1 book token. The book token can be exchanged for one of eight specially published World Book Day £1 books, or is redeemable against any book or audio book of their choice costing £2.99 or more at a participating bookshop or book club.
In partnership with Tesco, the LRC hosted a bookstall so students in the Foundation Learning faculty could swap their token for a book. Laura, a year 14 student, said “the really great thing was that you were able to swap your token for any book on the stall. I picked a story about a dog because it was about how much a pet can mean to a family”.
In addition, Between the Lines book group also met discussing “The Other Hand” by Chris Cleave. Our discussion was thought provoking and animated. Some members of the group felt the issues it addressed were a sanitised version of events written for western readership whilst others argued that it was a thought provoking gripping read giving an insight into the lives of refugees.
Finally students were invited to text the titles of their all-time favourite book to our textwall. Our responses were varied from the classics to contemporary teenage titles – our students are clearly a very diverse readership.