World Book Week 2021

Like a lot of things in 2020-2021, World Book Day was a little different this year. Different… but still fun! And actually, the virtual nature of the world meant I got to visit more children and children further afield, which can be no bad thing.

The week kickstarted with a visit to Year 3/4 at Bromham Primary School, organised by Authors Aloud, and continued with a series of sessions at Minehead First School. We had a lot of fun spotting clues and solving the mystery of the missing biscuits. We tested the aerodynamics of biscuits, too with Captain McSqueaky’s help! Have a look at our biscuit rocket creations, inspired by the story, ‘Aerodynamics of Biscuits,’ illustrated by Sophia Touliatou (Maverick Books).

The fun continued at Torbridge Primary School and Ernesettle Community School, who had a visit from a mystery book-loving octopus! Can you guess who it was?!

At Crossways Infant School and Akeley Wood Infant School, Lenny told the children all about lemurs and we read the story ‘Poo! Is that You?’ (Macmillan). We had a special visit from Nicola O’Byrne, the super talented illustrator, who showed us how to draw our very own lemurs!

Lenny also visited Thorpe Acre Primary School, where he told the children all about lemurs and the smelly stink fights they hold in real life!

Finally, the World Book Day celebrations concluded with a mini-schools festival in Bridgwater. The children of Spaxton Primary School, Othery and Middlezoy Primary School and North Gate Primary School all listened brilliantly to our session, which saw the children testing their own senses of smell in an interactive smell challenge! Poooo-ie!

Which just leaves me to say a MASSIVE ‘thank you’ to all the schools, staff, children and families that took part in this year’s sessions. And also to the booksellers at Snug Bookshop, Bear Hunt Books, Max Minerva’s Bookshop, and Rogan’s Books who supported the events and hosted virtual book sales. To do just that, here is a lemur-lover dressed up as Lenny…. THANK YOU, Alfie!

See you next year for more fun!

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