Kew College Book Day celebrates the joy of reading in a fun, creative environment and is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in our school calendar.
Kew College Book Day celebrates the joy of reading in a fun, creative environment and is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in our school calendar. We devote a whole day to celebrate the joy of reading, getting into the spirit by dressing up as our favourite book character: this includes the teachers! Seeing the whole school parading around the playground in our carefully constructed costumes is truly a sight to behold!
Excitement begins to build from the moment we approach the school building and see the outside transformed into a reader's paradise: from favourite book characters that appear to pop out at us, to a non-fiction extravaganza of 3-D characters. Some of the exciting activities include author workshops and book signings, drama workshops based on popular children's books and a poetry chair which travels the Junior House where we read our own poetry to the class. In the Infant House, grottos appear from nowhere and the children are invited to meet popular story characters. After all this excitement, we also relish the opportunity to curl up on a comfortable cushion and read a favourite book – or indeed, to listen to stories written by Year 6 which they share with us. In good weather we use the opportunity to read in tents in the playground.
Here is what Kew College children think of Book Day:
"My favourite thing about Book Day is being able to look at an array of books and pick my favourite to read!"
"I liked the Big Read as you can let yourself lose and just enjoy reading! I loved dressed up as my favourite book character as you get to dress up in really crazy outfits!"
"I loved the BFG drama workshop because we got to invent our own giant names and act the book out in scenes."
"I especially loved writing my own story for Kindergarten and then using Publisher and Photoshop to create the actual book. They loved it!"