World Book Day

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s 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. We are avid readers at Downham and, as usual, we couldn't resist the opportunity of celebrating something so special to the children. Again, the children, helped by parents, came up with some fantastically individual costumes for World Book Day and, what's more, the children raised over £1200 through a sponsored reading event for the Readathon Charity.

Readathon does something amazing. They get children reading for fun through sponsored reads in schools. The money raised provides children's hospitals with regular storyteller visits, plus a mobile bookcase jam-packed full of brand-new books, which are replenished every six weeks.

Well done to all of our children for making such an amazing effort and helping other children not as fortunate as themselves.

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