World Book Day celebrations aplenty

World Book day tokens: Collecting their tokens are, from left: Conner Thomson, Bradley Michie, Iona White, Amber Cumming and Alastair Gill.

World Book day tokens: Collecting their tokens are, from left: Conner Thomson, Bradley Michie, Iona White, Amber Cumming and Alastair Gill.

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Pupils from Brechin High School collected their £1 World Book Day tokens settling down to read their free books at an event held at the school on March 7.

This fabulous global month long celebration of books and reading got off to a great start at BHS with competitions, literacy activities and a free, downloadable World Book Day app, with exclusive short stories by leading teen authors.

The library is also currently hosting a film presentation by Mr Colquhoun’s S2 English class, which recently took part in the Scottish Book Trust’s ReadIT Project where pupils produced ‘Book Trailers’ using Moviemaker® as a means of improving engagement with reading and writing, and developing skills in digital storytelling.

World Book Day is in its 16th year and on March 7 children from across the UK and Ireland were given book tokens for the chance to choose one of eight new and completely free books.

Alternatively pupils could use the voucher to get £1 off any book or audio book over £2.99 at participating bookshops.

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.

Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers more than more than 14 million vouchers were send to children under the age of 18.