World Book Day & Let’s Play!

Did you enjoy World Book Day yesterday? We most certainly did! Our Team Librarians were out and about and were thrilled to see what schools were doing to celebrate books, authors, and reading. We always think that one of the best parts of the day is seeing pupils (and teachers!) dressed as their favourite book characters (BBC newsround has a brilliant gallery here). While we didn’t construct costumes as fantastical as some, one of our Librarians did get into the spirit on a visit this morning…have you seen her hat?

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We’ll be posting some detailed recaps of our World Book Day visits next week, but in the mean time we’d recommend spending some time looking through the #worldbookday hashtag on twitter, as it really does give a brilliant insight into what bookish celebrations took place all over the globe yesterday!

Anyway, back to business- this week’s friday read! 

Let's PlayA vibrant new poetry anthology has turned up on the trolley this week, with a lively mix of poems about games and sports from around the world.  It is comforting to a couch potato and hopeless-at-sport person like myself to find poems extolling stationary games like Scrabble and chess as well as the more usual active sports.  There is a brief description of each sport and game mentioned, at the back of the book.  The cheerful illustrations use all manner of materials and devices, but are linked by Shirin Adl’s animated illustration style.

(Let’s Play!: Poems About Sports and Games from Around the World edited by Debjani Chatterjee and Brian D’Arcy & illustrated by Shirin Adl, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, £12.99 hardback, 9781847803702)

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