World Book Day Excitement
As I had mentioned before, this year, due to circumstances, I didn't go all out and throw my traditional World Book Day Extravaganza (for a week, as it usually turns out). But I did have some great events organised. And I managed to get them all in last week, to make up for the bad weather cancellations. On Tuesday, I spent a few hours at Dominican College talking to two large groups of 14-year-old girls about their reading habits and some of the fantastic reads out for them. This can be a bit of a challenge, as at that age, they have no problem telling you what they don't like about reading. So...we talked about it. And in the end, as I always say, if I can get one kid who "doesn't like to read" to start picking up books, I consider that a success. You see, if one of the non-readers finds a book they really love, they'll tell their friends. And the next thing you know, they are all readers. I was also delighted to hear they have instituted the "Drop Everything And Read" programme, where for 20 minutes three times a week, the entire school devotes itself to having the students reading. I believe every school should have this programme running as part of the curriculum. You'll be surprised at what a difference it makes in all aspects of education and life, in general.
Friday was another day out. I went up to Scoil Ide for several hours, read picture books to little ones and talked about reading to an older group. One young lady was brilliant. She really didn't like reading, or so she said...then she enquired about books about the Plague (I'm thinking The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh here...brilliant!) And then there was how she really liked murder and death. Well, that's Robin Stevens 'A Murder Most Unladylike' series, isn't it. All the other girls chimed in with suggestions for her, and yes, she did come into the bookshop over the weekend to check out what was on offer.
We also talked a good bit about the Bold Girls incentive and the wonderful reading guide by Childrens Book Ireland.(Get it now!) Another great read for these girls...Mollie on the March by Anna Carey. And there was great excitement! All and all, a success!
So, that's my World Book Day visits done and dusted for another year. All in all, I spoke to about 400 local school children. Not bad for what I called 'low key'.
Keep reading and sharing books! And don't forget to use those vouchers by the 31st of March!