WRITTEN BY
Hannah Lewis
17 March, 2022

Why we celebrate Book Week at Northbridge

During March, schools around the world have been celebrating the joys of reading for World Book Week. It is a week of showing appreciation for our favourite books and dressing up like the characters that take us along on their adventures with them.
Research shows that reading stimulates the part of the brain that allows children to understand the meaning of language
Ms Hannah Lewis
Grade 1 Teacher and Primary Literacy Leader

Costumes, decorations, balloons - it's good fun for everyone! Of course, we joined in the Book Week festivities in true NISC style and this year felt particularly special as we were able to celebrate on-campus for the first time in what feels like a very long time. It was amazing to see the school light up with colours and excitement.  


The students took part in so many fun activities. The character scavenger hunt was a particular favourite with the teachers in all their character finery dotted around the school for the children to find. The poetry slam raised some much needed funds for the Enfants d’Asie organisation and the costume parade lit up our Sports Hall. Each class also decorated their classroom doors to show one of their favourite books along with many more activities to help inspire our love of reading.


But what is it all for? Why is it important that we encourage children to love reading?

Like everything we do at NISC, the children’s learning is at the forefront when planning events like Book Week.

 

Research shows that reading stimulates the part of the brain that allows children to understand the meaning of language and helps build key vocabulary, literacy and social skills. It allows us to be transported from our own world to another. Between the pages of a book, we can become immersed in the lives of fictional characters and learn about a culture entirely different from our own. We can also learn new words and phrases, experience a range of emotions, and acquire skills and knowledge.


In addition to this, sharing stories is a great way to enjoy time together and help children build a love of reading for pleasure. So why not grab a book and take a wild adventure with your family? Not only will you be having fun but you will also be benefiting their future education.