Activities are taking place in schools across Sunderland to celebrate World Book Day today.
The annual event is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly the importance of reading.
It’s the biggest event of its kind, designated by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a “worldwide celebration of books and reading”, and is celebrated in more than 100 countries.
To mark this year’s World Book Day, Sunderland City Council will be celebrating the event today by holding book and reading events for children in schools and libraries across the city.
Councillor John Kelly, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, said: “Books can bring so much pleasure to children of all ages and World Book Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading.
“We can all remember our own favourite books from when we were children and a love of reading is something that stays with you throughout your life, so it’s really important that we make the most of the events like this which encourage children to enjoy reading.”
St Anne’s RC Primary School in Pennywell is celebrating World Book Day today with Fairytale Princess Emma Enchanted, who will be reading stories with school children. Children will be dressing up tomorrow as characters from their favourite books.
Oonagh Ball, Teacher at St Anne’s RC Primary School said: “We celebrate world book day because we believe it is really important that children have access to a wide range of literature.”
Sunderland Royal Hospital children’s Ward F63 will host Popple’s Tales where patients will be able to participate in mini flip book making.
Andrea Hetherington, Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs, Sunderland Royal Hospital said: “ World Book Day is celebrated in most schools and nurseries in the area and we recognise how disappointed children may feel if they’ve missed out on marking the occasion with their school friends if they are in hospital. With support from staff at Sunderland libraries, our young patients will have the opportunity to join in a number of activities which will not only keep them entertained whilst they’re in hospital but will hopefully stimulate their interest in books and reading.”#####