Manchester City Council

Illustrator Nick Sharratt launches special World Book Day celebrations in Manchester

A star of children's fiction has helped Manchester to launch its World Book Day celebrations.

World Book Day - held on Thursday 3 March - encourages children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. 

450 school pupils met renowned author and illustrator Nick Sharratt at libraries across the city, for special interactive events to promote the love of reading.

At one of the sessions, children from Old Moat Primary School met Nick at Withington Library, where they enjoyed reading a number of Nick’s books - including Never use a Knife and Fork, and Shark in the Park - and even helped with the storytelling, by acting as characters from the books.

Miss Maynard, Phase 1 Assistant Head teacher at Old Moat Primary, said: "The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience of meeting an author especially as they were familiar with some of his books already. They were engaged with the story telling and some really excelled when acting out parts of the story."

At the session the children were also treated to a step by step illustration guide, as Nick - who has authored more than 40 children's books and illustrated almost 250 books - showed them how to draw some of his most popular characters.

Nick said: "I was delighted to help promote World Book Day in Manchester this week. Developing a love of reading in early life can bring not only enormous pleasure, but lead the way to all kinds of advantages and opportunities in years to come. It was wonderful to have the chance to spread the word in venues around the city and an enormous pleasure to meet so many enthusiastic book-loving children with their parents and carers, and brilliant, dedicated teaching and library staff too."

Manchester Libraries will be celebrating World Book Day in style with a variety of exciting events to inspire children with a love of reading.

From Monday 29 February until Friday 4 March, extra-special Tiny Tots and Toddler Time story sessions - open to all under-fives - will be held in libraries across Manchester.

Children attending the storytime sessions will receive a £1 World Book Day token, which can be exchanged in bookshops and supermarkets for any one of ten special World Book Day books written by a top children’s author.

During the week, some of Manchester's primary school pupils will be entertained by theatre group Mother Hen Creative, at libraries including Beswick, Fallowfield, Withington, and Wythenshawe Forum.

The children will enjoy a fun interactive performance featuring a variety of props, including a giant storybook chest, a huge rainbow play parachute, puppets, music and a bubble machine.

Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, said: “Encouraging children to visit libraries, where they can have fun, enjoy reading and share books together, is incredibly important for their learning development.

"World Book Day events are invaluable in cultivating interest in reading from a young age.  Manchester is proud to play its part in promoting the message that literacy matters for the future of our young people, and will shortly be announcing the start of a year long campaign to get them and the rest of the city reading."

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