Today was an exceptional day to celebrate the day that's in it!
The started off with reading (by me!) to a wonderful group of 2nd class children from Scoil Iognaid. We read from Claude in the Country by Alex T. Smith...what a hilarious story! Then we moved on to The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle. And a good time was had by all.
The second session saw me reading from Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud by Andrew Lane to the 5th class boys (aged 10/11) of St Patricks School. This has been the first year in nine the St Patricks School has attended World Book Day events in nine years and I was positively delighted to have them join us. After reading from Death Cloud, we moved on to a short piece from Knife Edge, in which Young Sherlock finds himself in Galway. Only one of the boys had read any of the Young Sherlock series, so it was a real treat. There was a good bit of discussion has to what the next possible scenario in the books would be. Very inventive and decisive thinking by the boys! (Oh, by the way...there were 51 of them! And their attention and behaviour was exemplary.) I really loved it, and I hope they did as well.
For the final two sessions of the day, we were visited by Marguerite Tonery. Marguerite is a local author who has recently published her first book, and the first in a series, Kapheus Earth. Marguerite really engaged the fifth class students from Scoil Iognaid and Mercy Primary with her readings and discussion of the book. Sitting in a circular with the children, she got them to read various parts in the book and really fired their interest in the story. Thank you so much, Marguerite! They were all enthused with Kapheus Earth!
And now... here are the photos!