Ipswich High School’s week-long literary celebrations kicked off with a very popular Book Fair, giving all the Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior School pupils the opportunity to purchase a book of their choice.

On World Book Day the whole school dressed up as book characters of their choice; the spectacle of creative and colourful creations was enthralling!

Waterstones’ Children’s prize-winning author, Michelle Harrison, took the year 7 to 11 pupils on an adventure in her fun, inspirational and interactive talks held in the theatre. A neighbouring school, Holbrook Academy, were also invited to share in these special sessions which culminated in a Q & A where the pupils’ discovered how the author commences writing and creating characters and enabled all to gain an insight into the ‘writing to published book’ process. Many pupils left the sessions clutching signed books which they were eager to read.

Michelle Harrison is a full-time author who lives in Essex. Her first novel, The Thirteen Treasures, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and is published in sixteen countries including the UK. It was followed by The Thirteen Curses and The Thirteen Secrets. Michelle has since written Unrest, a ghost story for older readers and One Wish, a prequel to the Thirteen Treasures books. The Other Alice is her sixth novel. For more information visit www.michelleharrisonbooks.co.uk.

Praise for Michelle Harrison’s THIRTEEN series:

‘A charming and inventive tale’ The Times
‘You are in for an adventure’ Sunday Express
‘The very best in adventure and imagination’ Waterstones.com

During World Book Day, pupils took part in fun competitions in the LRC and enjoyed literacy-based activities right across the curriculum. Michelle Harrison, the visiting author, judged the best costumes; awarding prizes to pupils for their creative efforts. Prep picture competition entries were judged by Head of Art, Mrs Imogen Vickers and Head of Prep School, Mrs Eileen Fisher; prizes were awarded to the best entry in each year.

Celebrations concluded on Friday with a visit from ‘West End in Schools’ with their sensational ‘Bringing Books to Life’ dance workshops for all Pre-Prep and Prep school pupils. These sessions saw the pupils motivated and engaged by a new style of storytelling!

“It has been a hugely successful World Book Day which has been a pleasure to be involved in. The campus was flowing with book characters of all styles and colours, in exchange for a donation to our school charity for the year, EACH. The pupils were influenced to widen their reading and engaged in literacy with passion and enthusiasm!” – Mrs Offord, Learning Resources Centre Manager.

By Wendy Offord, Learning Resources Centre Manager