In the Grand NK Tradition of Bigger is Better, this year, our World Book Day will become a World Book Month, and will include a book review competition for all students in all tutor groups with Amazon Vouchers as prizes, a short story writing challenge which will result in an ebook published on Amazon, a Hit Squad of Sixth Form Storytellers Storybombing classrooms and a veritable cornucopia of bibliophilic amazement.

On Thursday 7th March we want to issue the students with Bingo cards and a mission – to collect twelve teachers’ names and the book they are currently reading or their all time favourite book.

World Book Day is a celebration of all the wonderful books in the world! It is also a charitable organisation which aims to give every child and young person a book of their own. The celebration is worldwide with over 100 countries taking part.

More information on the charity can be found here https://www.worldbookday.com/

Empowering and supporting self-improvement is at the heart of our entire approach to learning here at NK Academy. We encourage all students to read because reading is a journey to another place. It’s a way to relax and focus on something else, whether it’s fiction or factual text. Reading takes you to another world and place in time. It’s one of the best ways to learn because the reader is the one who sets the pace and decides how they read it.

As some of our students approach a particularly busy and stressful time of the academic year, we encourage them all to take time out and do something that allows them some personal space – time to relax and feel free from the pressures of their day-to-day life. Reading can do this.

Many people think reading is just about fantasy books like Harry Potter or history books but this isn’t true. There are books for every kind of reader and at every level. For example, you might not think your children are interested in reading. You’ve never seen them read and they don’t seem very interested. Perhaps they are quite active and prefer to play football and video games or dance, but encouraging them to read is so important.

You could get them books about their favourite footballers or books about dance. Even video games have book tie-ins and many are based on books! There really is no limit to the kinds of books available, from Top Gear’s Stig all the way to Warhammer novels.

There really is a book somewhere for everyone!

“If you’re going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books!”

Roald Dahl