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World Book Day 2018

Celebrating World Book Day at Home

If you find yourself snowed in today, go ahead and celebrate World Book Day anyway and find time in the day to share a story, to read, to enjoy books.

You can also visit the World Book Day website, they have fantastic activities and live events throughout the day. Here are a few of our top picks from their website.

  • World Book Day’s World of Stories, where you can listen to audio excerpts, and now for World Book Day 2018 full-length audiobooks of your favourite children’s books!   www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/
  • Facebook live story event. At 7pm you can join Roald Dahl’s Giant Bugs for a rambunctious re-telling of James and the Giant Peach. https://en-gb.facebook.com/worldbookdayuk/
  • Bumper book quiz, an online interactive quiz. www.worldbookday.com/quiz/


Get Creative

  • Put on a play at home, dress up  and act out a scene from your favourite story.
  • Create alternative endings to your favourite stories.
  • Draw, paint or create a 3D sculpture of your favourite scene, or character.
  • Build a story den in your room using blankets and pillows,  snuggle up with your favourite book, a torch and read. Here’s a guide on creating the perfect reading den  The perfect reading den
  • Write your very own story and share it with your family.

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Looking for a Holiday Challenge?


The October week is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to continue their reading journey.

Some Activity Ideas

  • Set a target to read 3 or 4 books
  • Create a reading corner or den in your bedroom
  • Draw a picture of your favourite story character
  • Create a new book cover
  • Act out your favourite part of a story and perform it for the family
  • Share a story
  • Visit the Foundry and pick up a few of the Scottish Book Trust’s top 300 book recommendations for children. https://www.readingchallenge.scot/begin-your-journey
  • P4-7 pupils could record any books they read in their reading passport for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.
  • Create your own top 10 booklist

You can also share your reading adventures with us throughout the week and beyond. Why not tweet us any photos, books your child is reading, recommendations of books you loved as a child or any other reading activities you take part in to @stjohnsERC

Halloween Events at Barrhead Waterworks


Pumpkin Carving workshop with James Gow

Saturday October 29th @12pm-3pm

Get ready for Halloween with this fun carving workshop using pumpkins from the Waterworks Pumpkin Patch. Learn the best ways to carve your pumpkin with James Gow (Artist in Residence) and share your ideas with others. A great afternoon for little ghouls!

(Ages 8+, parental supervision recommended)

Halloween Stories and Ghost Walk

Monday October 31st @4:30pm-6:30pm

Join the Village Storytelling Centre on the night of All Hallows’ Eve for spooky stories and a waterworks ghost walk.

Don your Halloween costume, bring your lantern and prepare for ghostly adventures.

Stories start at 5pm sharp, so best to arrive early.

(Suitable for all ages, parental supervision required)

October Holiday Arts Week

Looking for something to keep your kids entertained during the October Holidays? Then why not pick from our range of activities on offer in East Renfrewshire from 17-21 October. Activities include Art School 3D and Superhero Training Academy.

Advance booking required – please contact Eastwood Box Office on 0141 577 4970 or click here to secure your child’s place.