Leeds West Academy

World Book Day 2017

A worldwide festival of Literature

On 2nd March, Leeds West Academy became part of the global celebration of all things bookish for World Book Day 2017.

The all-day international event is now in its 20th year and to join the celebrations, the Academy hosted a number of events ranging from fancy-dress competitions, book sales, graphic novel panels and even a literary-inspired cake sale.

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

The main aim of World Book Day in the UK is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. As a Reading Academy, Leeds West Academy sees World Book Day at the ultimate opportunity to raise the profile of recreational reading, in a world where young people are bombarded by audio-visual media. It is a time where the whole school comes together to rediscover the power of reading and writing for pleasure, which directly feeds into students' literacy.

Ms Walker, Academy Librarian, said: "This is perhaps the best celebration of World Book Day we've had. Our cake and comic book sale was very popular, with OK Comics of Leeds donating many books to our library collection whilst offering graphics novels at discount prices. We thank OK Comics for coming in throughout the day. The cakes which were on display were also incredibly imaginative, taking many different books as their inspiration."

Staff wore costumes throughout the day, with Ms Preston showcasing the attire of The Mad Hatter. Some costumes were less obvious to determine, with Mr Hargreaves sporting a unique ensemble much to the hilarity of students and staff.

Mr Wheeler commented: "Regular reading is a core element of Leeds West Academy's strategy to advance students' literacy skills. World Book Day allows us not only to celebrate the written word, but also to discover new avenues to reading - be that through cosplay, cakes or comics. Thank you to all the students and staff who supported this incredibly successful event, which was inspirational, exciting and enlightening!"

For more details about Literacy at Leeds West Academy, click here. More information about World Book Day can be found on their website here.