World Book Day: Aliens and authors give kids the write idea!
PUPILS were whisked into the world of storytelling as schools celebrated World Book Day.
Children at St Dominic's Priory School, in Stone, were treated to a visit by children's author Barbara Mitchelhill, who is from Eccleshall, yesterday.
HEAVENLY GUESTS: Left, the Bishop of Stafford, Gordon Mursell, reads to Jordan Roberts, aged eight, and Emily Yates, aged seven, from the bible he presented to Ellison Primary School. Right, children's author Barbara Mitchelhill reads her latest book to Lucy Worthington, aged eight, and Ella Hearing, aged seven, at St Dominic's Priory School.
OUT OF THIS WORLD: Joseph Hackney, aged 11, meets an alien from Zog who landed at Stoke Minster Primary School. Inset, Jade Moores, aged nine, of Ellison Primary School, poses as Dorothy from The Wizard Of Oz.
The children's author read from her latest novel – Damian Drooth, Supersleuth: Under Cover – and spoke about the process of writing a book.
She said: "It's terrific to take part in World Book Day.
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"I enjoy being around children and talking about books. World Book Day raises the profile of reading, which is very close to my heart.
"The children at this school are lovely readers. They absorb books so well, which is a pleasure they will not lose."
Barbara has written dozens of children's books, and has dedicated the latest in her Damian Drooth, Supersleuth series to St Dominic's.
She said: "I've been writing for about 20 years, and the Damian Drooth series is aimed at seven to 12-year-olds.
"I have been reading to the younger pupils, and with the older ones I've been talking about the process of writing a book."
Year Two pupil Ella Hearing, aged seven, who lives in Stone, said: "I think Barbara's books are great, and I'm looking forward to reading her latest one. Barbara signed my book because it's my birthday today."
Eight-year-old Lucy Worthington, of Tean, said: "I really like Barbara's books – she makes me want to write."
Meanwhile, fellow author Anne Perry was at Leek Library yesterday to help celebrate World Book Day.
The novelist, who writes historical detective fiction, gave a presentation on her work and answered questions from the audience.
At 11am yesterday, all libraries in Cheshire took part in a simultaneous reading of a short story by Zoe Lambert.
In Stoke, pupils took part in a role play exercise to stimulate creative learning.
Children at Stoke Minster Primary School, in Boothen Old Road, acted out an alien crash landing scenario, assisted by neighbourhood police officers.
Literacy co-ordinator Adele McKie said: "The idea behind this project was that the children would then go away and write high quality stories."
Other schools took part in the celebrations yesterday.
Pupils at All Saints First School, in Leek, and Dove First School, in Rocester, attended classes dressed as their favourite book characters.
And at Ellison Primary School, in Wolstanton, the Bishop of Stafford Gordon Mursell made an appearance to open its new library, and presented a bible to the school.