Children’s author launches Manchester’s World Book Day celebrations

A star of children’s fiction has aided Manchester in launching its World Book Day celebrations. World Book Day, which was held on 3 March, encourages children to explore the pleasures of books and reading.

450 school pupils met renowned author and illustrator Nick Sharratt at libraries across the city, for special interactive events to promote the love of reading. At one of the sessions children from the Old Moat Primary School met Nick at Withington Library where they enjoyed reading a number of Nick’s books, including Never use a Knife and Fork and Shark in the Park. The children also helped with the storytelling by acting as characters from the books.

Phase 1 Assistant Head Teacher at Old Moat Primary, Miss Maynard, has stated “The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience of meeting an author especially as they were familiar with some of the books already. They were engaged with the story telling and some really excelled when acting out parts of the story”.

During the session the children were also treated to a step-by-step illustration guide as Nick, who has authored more than 40 children’s books and illustrated almost 250 books, showed them how to draw some of his most popular characters.

Nick has revealed “I was delighted to help promote World Book Day in Manchester this week. Developing a love of reading in early life can bring not only enormous pleasure, but leads the way to all kinds of advantages and opportunities in years to come. It was wonderful to have the chance to spread the word in venues around the city and an enormous pleasure to meet so many enthusiastic book-loving children”.

Manchester Libraries celebrated World Book Day in style with a variety of exciting events, designed to inspire children through a love of reading. From 29 February – 4 March extra special Tiny Tots and Toddler Time story sessions were held in libraries across Manchester, for children under the age of five.

Children attending the storytime sessions received a £1 World Book Day token, which can be exchanged in bookshops and supermarkets for any one of ten special World Book Day books, written by a top children’s author.

Throughout the week theatre group Mother Hen Creative entertained some of Manchester’s primary school pupils. The children enjoyed an interactive and fun performance alongside a variety of props, including a giant storybook chest, a huge rainbow play parachute, music, puppets and a bubble machine.

Executive Member for Culture and Leisure Councillor Rosa Battle, has remarked, “World Book Day events are invaluable in cultivating interest in reading from a young age. Manchester is proud to play its part in promoting the message that literacy matters for the future of our young people, and will shortly be announcing the start of a year long campaign to get them and the rest of the city reading”.

TNT Lifestyle Billy Rooney

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