World Book Day is a time to honour authors, illustrators, books and reading. Celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide, the yearly event allows people to dress up as their favourite book characters while taking part in street festivals, book-related activities and more. Among those celebrating World Book Day were the teachers and students of R.E.A.L International School, Shah Alam Campus.
In April this year, the English Department of the campus organized a fun-filled and scholastic World Book Day celebration at the school. Among the highlights of the celebration was a week-long book fair that was jointly organized with a national book supplier that featured a host of book-related activities. Students were seen flocking the booths that sold an extensive range of reading materials that included novels and storybooks.
In the buildup to the event, R.E.A.L Schools even held a Facebook contest in conjunction with World Book Day. Participants were required to state which famous book character they would like to be and why. The online contest managed to garner interest from many students, with the most creative entries walking away with RM100 worth of Popular Bookstore gift vouchers.
The day’s agenda began with a storytelling session conducted by Year 7 to 10 students, who read popular Dr. Seuss stories to Year 3 to 6 students during their morning homeroom time. Whilst this was taking place, the English department performed a captivating rendition of the ‘Dirty Bertie’ story to Year 1 and 2 students, complete with narration from the Primary School Principal.
An event of this nature would not be complete without some fun and games. Among them was a thrilling treasure hunt where book vouchers were hidden in various books within the school library. Students were given clues to find them all, which allowed them to discover new reading materials that they were not aware of before. The day concluded with a book character-themed fashion show by Year 1, 2 and 3 students; followed by a performance of Shakepeare’s Macbeth by the English Department.
With the high level of student participation and involvement, World Book Day proved to be a fun and fruitful event. Even an assigned reading time could be incorporated into future class timetables as a result of the resounding response. The occasion’s success in igniting greater student interest towards reading and books has already had everyone looking forward to next year’s event in anticipation.