Speed dating for World Book Day

World Book Day, Ridgewood School

World Book Day, Ridgewood School

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Love was in the air for World Book Day as Doncaster students took the idea of speed dating to the library!

Ridgewood School’s younger pupils are taking part in ‘book speed dating’ to introduce some of their favourite reads to fellow students over a two-week period.

Reading on World Book Day at Morley Place Junior School

Reading on World Book Day at Morley Place Junior School

The idea is for them to ‘sell’ their book to their date, by writing a synopsis of their choice book and asking for points in return. There is a 30-minute circuit of ‘dates,’ with one minute only for participants to share the best aspects of their books.

Angela Dickson, library resource officer at Ridgewood, in Scawsby, said: “Our World Book Day event is going from strength to strength. This year students have become more and more animated with their enthusiastic book reviews.

“Demon Dentist by David Walliams was one book featured, whereby a student sold his book with great passion and drama!”

Winners of the most dateable books receive prizes and all students are given £1 World Book Day tokens to be used at local book stores by March 27. Meanwhile, at Morley Place Junior School, in Conisbrough World Book Day was celebrated with a READy for Bed day. All pupils and staff ditched their uniform for pyjamas or onesies and carried their teddy or favourite book in to school.

During the day, books were celebrated with a special assembly and many fun activities. When the school bell rang, everyone stopped what they were doing to read for 10 minutes.

Headteacher Paul Rust said: “I was in my dressing gown for the day and staff brought in books we had enjoyed as children. The whole day was the idea of our new English lead teacher Louise Wright, and was a great success.”

Mr Rust has been in post for a year and the school is currently climbing out of special measures with plans to become an academy from April 1.

Schools and colleges around the region held events and activities under the World Book Day banner, and many are still taking place, including at Sunnyfields Primary in Scawthorpe where everyone is dressing up and taking part in a Big Book Quiz.

Children at Sheep Dip Lane Primary School in Dunscroft will also dress up as literary characters for their book day.