Our Extraordinary World of Books workshops have been specially designed to help you and your pupils celebrate this special anniversary by bringing your favourite books to life. No-one is ever too young, too old or too cool to enjoy a journey with books and stories, so our drama and visual arts workshops have been carefully developed to promote a lifelong love of reading.
So, whether you’re looking for a visit from the world's latest superhero (our very own Bookman or Bookgirl!), an opportunity to learn more about well-loved characters through drawing and illustration or some magical ways of inspiring pupils to tell their own tales, you’ll find something to suit you here! read on to find our more about our World Book Day 2019 - School Workshops and Visits here!
We sell out well in advance for these workshops so if you are interested please get in touch - we are already taking bookings for World Book Day 2019!
Among the World Book Day 2019 - School Workshops and Visits you can choose from are ...
A Visit from Bookman or Bookgirl - Character visit
The world’s newest superhero, Bookman, has the extraordinary power of bringing stories to life – and he’ll fly into your school all set to help your pupils in doing the same. Armed just with his trusty Book Bag, he’ll make an unexpected appearance at an assembly before leading classes through a series of exciting, engaging and enticing drama workshops (all differentiated for age). And the outcomes? Connection-making, Freeze-Frames and Talking Tableaux, illustrating key narrative moments from a host of well-loved stories!
"Thank you so much for the brilliant experience given to the children on Monday. Bookman was great with the children, they all thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and the assembly in the morning. Having to be creative and use their imaginations reminded them about the enjoyment of reading." (Class Teacher, St Peter's Primary School)
"Thank you for sending 'bookman' to Thomson House on Friday. He was a huge hit in assembly, particularly for the teachers who hadn't read the email about his arrival and had no idea what was going on! (Class Teacher, Thomson House School)
Bookman Rides Again!
If you enjoyed A Visit from Bookman last year, who not invite the homemade superhero back in 2018 – for Bookman Rides Again! After reacquainting himself with the children at an assembly, he’ll meet each year group in turn, challenging them, in age-appropriate ways to tell the story of the day he found himself inside one of the books from his library! Using a range of drama approaches, they’ll weave magical narratives combining well-known stories and Bookman himself – and he’ll even leave you with his Top Tips for Follow-Up Writing!
"Thank you for such a fantastic, creative and inspiring day. Every teacher gave me brilliant feedback and said how much the children enjoyed it. My own class created some brilliant speech and thought bubbles inspired by bookman and one little boy who never writes wrote three sentences and came to find me to ask if he could write more!" (Hurst Green Infant School)
"The children and staff thought Bookman was brilliant and the children got a lot out of the visit. Organising a workshop for the whole school can sometimes be a little stressful but working with you and the rest of your team has been really easy and organised so thank you!" (Class Teacher, Shortstown Primary)
Scenes from Shakespeare
Shakespeare was a superb storyteller - and his stories still survive unscathed today! These exciting workshops, though, take him back to his roots - by taking a dramatic approach to his work. Working with one of our professional drama specialists, pupils will get an actor’s-eye-view of one of his plays - and have a chance to taste the text too!
All of the workshops can be differentiated for age and require a minimum of 60 minutes (although we prefer longer) - preferably in a large space. You can choose from Macbeth, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, or A Midsummer Night’s Dream - and we’ll leave you with a whole host of suggestions for follow-up writing activities!
"The workshop was absolutely fantastic! All students were engaged and entertained and the Shakespeare workshop was suitable for all abilities which was wonderful!" (Class Teacher, Thornleigh Salesian School)
The Story that Saved the Day
Although the many tales of soldiers’ lives being saved by books stopping bullets are almost certainly apocryphal, stories do have the power to Save the Day. From helping us identify with people like ourselves to unleashing our imaginations to roam in fantastical worlds, books and their authors really can change our lives for the better. Beginning with a whole-school assembly in which we share with your pupils a book that’s shaped our lives, The Story That Saved the Day leads into a series of workshops in which pupils consider and/or invent other transformative stories – and celebrate them through visual art.
How does its cover make you want to open the book? Through exploring this question, children will create their own unique bookplates – each one representing a hybrid of two of their favourite works!
How well do pupils know well-loved tales? Having pieced together the key moments of given story in the correct order, small groups then dramatise scenes, culminating in a whole-class retelling of the tale.
"The children greatly enjoyed the Bookman visit and were keen to get involved with the workshops and role play activities. The workshops were really good at encouraging the children to work together and for many pupils it boosted their confidence to role play certain ideas. Lots of them had their imaginations sparked by the sessions.." (Class Teacher, Kenmore Park Primary)
"A massive thanks for the fantastic organisation of the event. Every member of staff I have spoken to only had really positive things to say about Zoe and her workshops. The children were engaged and excited from the start and really promoted reading which was exactly what I wanted. Look forward to hopefully using as creatives again in the future!" (Teacher, Pinkwell Primary)
The Power of Stories - Author visit
Inspired by Jessica Shepherd’s acclaimed book Grandma, and led by the author/illustrator herself, this beautiful workshop encourages children to think about people they love - and allows them to create their own illustrated books exploring ways that working together can overcome problems.
"A massive thanks for the fantastic organisation of the event. Every member of staff I have spoken to only had really positive things to say about Zoe and her workshops. The children were engaged and excited from the start and really promoted reading which was exactly what I wanted. Look forward to hopefully using as creatives again in the future!"
Find out more about our World Book Day 2019 - School Workshops and visits by emailing Jo Stokes at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0151 708 8886. We look forward to hearing from you!