Creativity – World Book Day 2017

Holmston Primary is a School of Books – Celebrating World Book Day 2017

To celebrate World Book Day, we decided that we wanted to show our love of books through a huge book display that includes work from all classes in our school, showing books which would suit a variety of age ranges. We wanted it to stimulate discussions about stories.  Our aim is to encourage people to try new books or to remind people of books they may wish to revisit.


Each of the classes looked at “A Child of Books” and discussed the style and reading message.  We then brainstormed how we could interpret the style and message in our own way.  After much collaboration, we decided to make use of fonts and text to create part of our collage pictures to give the idea of characters popping out of the page, in a similar way to characters coming alive as you read and use your imagination.


We included some quotes from favourite stories to see if people could guess the titles and characters.  As our display encompasses work from across the school we wanted to give the idea that reading is not easy for all initially and that it is something that you have to work at, putting pieces together and working on building your skills.  That is when we had the idea of trying to base our design idea on a lenticular model.  A black and white image which acts like a puzzle, people read stories and may imagine things differently.  Depending on where you are standing can depend on which part of the black and white puzzle pieces will fit together to show people reading stories in our display.


The more time you spend reading, the more pleasure you can reap and the more your imagination can unravel.  The more you look at our display, the finer details you will find with stronger bursts of colour.  We revisited books in our library and included titles in our display in order to remind and highlight to people stories they may wish to read.


We also asked adults in our school community for titles of books they would recommend so that they could be included.  Our display is in our school library which is currently under development.  This has provided a perfect stimulus to attract people to discuss and appreciate different stories.

“We want our display to be inspirational, to help people to read more stories and develop their imagination.”

Please let us know your favourite book or leave a book review by submitting a comment.

16 thoughts on “Creativity – World Book Day 2017”

  1. “Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkein is my favourite book of all time. Although the entire Harry Potter series comes a very close second!

  2. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark is one of my favourite novels. I was a student in Edinburgh and it takes me back to the ‘Old Town’ steps and streets every time I read it. The narrative is cleverly constructed, with a present, past and future. The novel is very fascinating, clever, funny and also somehow moving.
    Also, I appreciate poetry. Non more so than that of our late Scottish Makar, Edwin Morgan. I would thoroughly recommend a read of ‘In the snack bar’ as a starter. Morgan uses his acute skills of observation to describe the plight of a blind elderly man to make a social comment about how people treat those less fortunate than themselves.

  3. My favourite book is “Twas the Night before Christmas” because I have read it since I was really young and I really enjoy it to read every Christmas eve night.

  4. My favourite book is “The Twits” because I find it really funny and enjoyable to read. “Twas The Night Before Christmas” comes very close second.

  5. All of the Harry Potter books are definitely my favourites, they go into so much detail and everything means something later on in the plot.

  6. My favourite books are the Tom Gates books because I find them funny and really enjoyable and I have read all the series and I still can’t pick my favourite one. Also the reason why I like these books that much is because they have pictures on every page and they do not bore me!

  7. I love all of the Roald Dahl books – my favourite is the BFG.
    What an amazing display – I must pop into school to see it in person.

  8. My fav book is ‘Mr Stink’ by David Walliams. It is just a bit funny for me and I also like ‘The Twits’. It is a close second and ‘The Boy in the Dress’ is a close third 😊😊🐯🐯!!

  9. When I was a wee girl I read all the Enid Blyton series….the Faraway Tree, Malory Towers, St.Clare’s, The Secret Seven and so on. I got lost in the adventures, and read them more than once. It was lovely to recently see my daughter get the same pleasure from these same books as I did.

  10. Congratulations to Holmston Primary. What an outstanding achievement to be the only school in Scotland to be named as a World Book Day 2017 competition prize winner. To answer the question: every book I read is a favourite because it’s such a treat to read a book. Tonight it’s The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson because I’ve just read it to my little granddaughter Sophie as her bedtime story. What a magical thing that is.

  11. It’s so hard to pick just one but my favourite book as a small child was Believe in Yourself. It is a book about the scientist Louis Pasteur. It tells the story of how he persevered to discover a vaccine for rabies. I went on to study public health at university, so it proves that a book can inspire a child for life. I kept the book and now it’s one of my kids’ favourites too!

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