Wednesday 22 October 2014

Kids turn classrooms into living libraries for a day

Sheila Fitzgerald

Published 14/03/2013 | 05:26

Precious Twomey as Amy Namey, Jodie Callaghan as Rose from Titanic, Rebecca O'Leary as Izzie from Pony Club Secrets and Patrick Buckley as Harry Potter. Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald.

SCHOOL became a 'living library' last week as pupils donned the personas of well loved characters from their favourite books for World Book Day.

Superheroes Spiderman and Superman swooped into St. Brendan's National School in Rathcoole, while wizards and witches cast their spells in the classrooms. Willie Wonka brought in a golden chocolate bar, and Red Riding Hood a basket of goodies for her granny. Princesses, pop stars, and characters from films elegantly mingled among agile soccer stars.

Along with delving into their favourite books, pupils took part in a large variety of activities, and budding authors wrote and illustrated their own books and made book marks.

Second Class pupil Clare Lyons, an avid Enid Blyton fan, wrote a book entitled 'Second Form at St. Brendan's' while class teacher Maureen O'Brien stole the show in her portrayal of Mary Poppins - complete with brolly!.

Here is a flavour of the children's reactions to Book Day;

Eimear: "World Book Day isn't just about the costumes, it's a great way to celebrate books".

Shane; "It was a marvellous day and we had so much fun".

Darragh; "I enjoyed being a scarecrow in spite of the itchy straw!".

World Book Day was designated as a global celebration of books and reading by UNESCO, and it is marked in over 100 countries world wide. It's main aim is to encourage school children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to purchase one of the designated books in exchange for their €1.50 tokens during the redemption period which will end on March 24.


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