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World Book Day 2022

Thurs 3rd March

World Book Day is turning 25! And we have organised plenty of fun to help you celebrate.

Dress Up

First, there is the Dress Up as your Favourite Book Character Competition.  It’s pretty simple really: just come to school dressed as your favourite character or book on 3rd March, for a chance to win a book voucher worth £7.99.  All children are welcome to take part, and there will be a winner from each class!

Write a Poem / Design a Book Cover

Prize: £12.99 plus a £25 Oddonno’s voucher

Is dressing up not your thing?  How about a bit of writing? Or maybe you prefer art? Because you can also have a go at our Write a Poem and/or Design a New Book Cover of your Favourite Book competition!  And yes, we know it’s a mouthful.

You can write a poem about anything; a person, a pet, a bad day, a mystery, a place, even a smell! It can be funny, sad, rhyming or not.  And when you are done, just hand it over to your teacher with your name and class and we’ll do the rest. 

But if you rather try your hand at some drawing and design instead, than go for it!  Just choose a book (your favourite will do) and have a go at drawing a different cover for it. You can use paint, pencil, crayon, pen. But no computers! And your entry must be A4.  Just hand your work to your teacher with your name and class when you are done.

Poems will be judged by Ms Summer and Art entries by Ms Marriot.  The winners will each receive a book voucher worth £12.99 plus a £25 Oddonno’s (Award winning Fresh Natural Gelato, 147 Lordship Lane) voucher, and the poem and artwork will also be added to the FoG website for a little extra recognition!

Open to all KS1 and KS2 children (years 1 to 6). 

Entries can be handed in from Feb 21st to March 7th.

Download the Readathon Sponsorship Form

Prize: Book bundle, £50 Oddono’s voucher, plus a few extra surprises!

Now, if you don’t want to write, draw, or dress up, how about a little…reading instead?!

That’s right, we are running a Sponsored Readathon too!  Just grab a form and think about how much reading you can do for it.  It can be a whole book, a specific number of chapters, pages – it really depends on you!

Just hand your form and sponsored money in a sealed envelope to your teacher – and the class who has the most children taking part will be declared the winner and receive a book bundle as a prize, £50 Oddono’s (Award winning Fresh Natural Gelato, 147 Lordship Lane) voucher, plus a few extra surprises!

Open to all KS1 and KS2 children (years 1 to 6). 

Competition closes on March 7th.

Download the Readathon Sponsorship Form

And finally… a big thank you to Oliver Faulkner in class 16, who won our Halloween art competition and who has done the amazing artwork for our World Book Day poster this year.  Look out for his eye-catching design around the school!

Good luck!


World Book Day® is a charity sponsored by National Book Tokens.

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World Book Day 2020

March 5th is World Book Day

There will be author visits, workshops, quizzes, book vouchers to be won, cake sale, second-hand books and a pop-up stall from Dulwich Books! And don’t forget to return your book order form (and payment) to the office by Feb 26th.  Haven’t got one?  Just ask the office for a copy!

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Author visits

On Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th, Mary Richards will be talking to Years 3 & 4 covering the art of writing journals, looking at things curiously and exploring their surroundings (their classroom, teachers, friends).  Her latest book Take me to School is packed with activities prompting readers to write down their thoughts, consider their surroundings and find facts about schools across the globe, past and present. 

On Thursday 5th – World Book Day itself – we will see the arrival of two authors: Claire Alexander and Matt Carr. Claire will be running an interactive drawing session and creating a story (Y1) and helping Y2 create their very own characters with expressions! Matt will be reading his brand-new book Rhinocorn Rules to Reception and Nursery and sharing some Rhino facts too.

On Friday 6th we will end the week’s festivities on a high with a visit from Steve Tasane – performance poet featured at Glastonbury Festival, the 100 Club, Latitude and the writer-in-residence for the Dickens Bicentennial Celebrations and Battersea Dogs Home.  Steve will be talking to Y6 about his book Child I about the lives of children in a refugee camp, and running a poetry workshop (rhythm games, raps and call and response poems) with Y5.

Don’t forget that you have a chance to buy a signed copy of each author’s book – just watch out for your pre-order form in book bags. 


Want a chance to win a book voucher?  Then have a go at our Quiz, designed to get the kids thinking about the authors who will be visiting them.  It’s short and sweet and should help maximise their experience! We will be picking a winner for each year – that means 8 lucky children will receive a book voucher to be redeemed at Dulwich Books! Just make sure they are handed to the office by Friday 28th Feb.

The £1 World Book Day books

Before you head home, don’t forget that your child can redeem their £1 WBD voucher at the school.  There will be limited numbers available, but don’t worry if you miss out. Bookstores will have plenty of WBD books in stock where they can also redeem their voucher.


Our cake stand is a win-win.  The kids get to buy a treat and raise money for FoG (which gets invested right back into the school).  For WBD, we have asked the fabulous Dani – a Goodrich parent who runs the afterschool cooking class Family Feasts – to share a yummy recipe with us. We always need cake donations so why not have a go at our very own World Book Day Recipe?

Dulwich Books pop up stand

This year, Dulwich Books are back with a pop-up stand complete with hand-picked children’s titles for us!  And don’t forget that if your child doesn’t fancy any of the WBD books on offer, you can still use it to get £1 off any book from the pop-up stand – cash or card accepted.

FoG second-hand books pop up stand

Have you checked out our own second hand book stand before?  There is always a hidden gem to find! Come and have a browse and grab a bargain.  

Dressing up

Some of the fun around World Book Day is the dressing up. Children can swap their uniforms for the day and come to school as any character from a children’s book. Need inspiration? There are plenty of ideas here:

New Books for Class

Last but not least FoG will also be gifting mini book bundles to all classrooms at Goodrich. This would not have been possible without the support of parents like Grace Glendinning or Shelley John and anybody that has bought disco tickets, fair tokens, run a fun run, cycled for the school or just simply bought a cake at our stand. Thank you all.

Told you we had plenty going on!

Many thanks yet again to the wonderful Marcela Ferreira, without whom none of this would be possible…

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World Book Day highlights

It’s been a World Book Day week of wonder here at Goodrich!

The children had an awe-inspiring week of author visits: firing up their imagination, absorbing fascinating facts, developing illustration skills, and getting the chance to ask burning questions of real life authors. They’ve been learning how to draw evil chickens with Emer Stamp, and enjoying story-telling workshops with Suzanne Hemmings, Lucy Reynolds and Rob Lloyd Jones. Not to mention reading and discussion with multi-award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean. Plus there was the chance for all children to have their books personally signed by the authors they met.

Thanks to funding from FoG and an enormous amount of hard work by Goodrich parent Marcela Ferreira to organise all the events, there was a wonderful author visit every day, covering all age groups from nursery through to year 6.

And finally, thanks to Dulwich Books for kindly supporting our WBD token swap and book stall.

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World Book Day, 7th March

During World Book Day week we have a host of awesome authors who we’re delighted to be supporting in their visits to Goodrich 📚 First up is Suzanne Hemming, who’ll be meeting our Year 1s on Monday to talk about ‘The Queen Engineer.’

As a mum to her daughter, Suzanne became increasingly fed up of books about pink princesses who waited for the prince to whisk them away. She searched for and (with the exception of a few amazing authors) found few inspiring and empowering books for girls – so started to publish her own, including ‘She’s Not Good for a Girl She’s Just Good!’w

On Tuesday it’s Lucy Reynolds, who along with illustrator Jenna Herman, combine their backgrounds in poetry and fine art to create lovely books for little explorers as Doodles and Scribbles.

Following on from the successful ‘Parrots Don’t Live in the City!’ Lucy will be meeting Reception and Nursery children for a fun workshop on her second book ‘Hedgehogs Don’t Live in the City!’ She hopes to inspire the next generation to be nature lovers who’ll help protect precious animal species (including prickly friends …)

On Wednesday it’s the turn of our Year 2s, who’ll be treated to some tips on writing and drawing with Emer Stamp author of best-seller ‘The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig’ and three follow up books.

A former graphic designer and advertising creative director, Emer has a great website featuring free downloadable worksheets and Q&A section for children.

On World Book Day itself (Thursday) Whitbread/Costa multi-award-winning children’s author Geraldine McCaughrean will share some of the fun and tricks of writing with our Year 5s and 6s!

Geraldine’s written more than 170 books published in 61 countries and translated into more than 45 languages. She wrote the official sequel ‘Peter Pan in Scarlet’ as well ‘Where the World Ends’ which won the 2018 CILIP, Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards. Her work includes novels, tales of myths and legends, picture books and re-tellings of classics.w

Last but not least, on Friday our Year 3s and 4s will get to meet author Rob Lloyd Jones who’ll take them on a fascinating journey with tales of how he started writing and an interactive treasure hunt activity, inspired by his latest book, ‘Jake Atlas and the Hunt for the Feathered God’.

Former historian Rob is the author of the Victorian-inspired ‘Wild Boy’ books as well as the ‘Jake Atlas’ series which draws on the ancient world for inspiration. Plus he’s written more than 80 Usborne picture and non-fiction books including the ‘Look Inside’ and ‘See Inside’ collections, which (as he says) involve a *lot* of flaps…

We’re so lucky to have such an amazing group of authors visiting our school and encouraging the children’s love of reading. We can’t wait! And a HUGE thank you to Marcela Ferreira for all her hard work in arranging such a brilliant week of activities.