Children discover a love for books at fun school day

  • Author Ali Sparkes visits Elson Junior School in Gosport
  • She names Enid Blyton classic as book that got her hooked on reading
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SHERLOCK Holmes, Hermione, Wally and Minnie Mouse were just some of the characters to enjoy a good read at school as part of World Book Day.

Children from Elson Junior School, in Gosport, got into the spirit of celebrating literacy as they welcomed author Ali Sparkes to their school for a day of fun and educational workshops.

Author Ali Sparks visits Elson Junior School in Gosport for their book day with L-R Christopher Forsyth (James Bond), Riley Collis (Wally), Jessica Male (Hermonie) and Angel-Mei Tribble (Annie)''''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150436-4)

Author Ali Sparks visits Elson Junior School in Gosport for their book day with L-R Christopher Forsyth (James Bond), Riley Collis (Wally), Jessica Male (Hermonie) and Angel-Mei Tribble (Annie)''''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150436-4)

The school decided to hold a book-themed fancy dress day yesterday, the day after World Book Day, to coincide with Ms Sparkes’ visit.

Teacher Leigh Caws said: ‘The kids have been excited and really enthusiastic.

‘It’s been a good incentive to get them to read and to enjoy books.

‘In this school, it is clear to see that the children love books.’

I like Sherlock Holmes as he doesn’t just solve crimes he does a whole range of things – one minute he’s whizzing down the River Thames and the next he’s chasing someone through the woods

11-year-old Kester Hull

Mrs Caws said it was an honour to welcome award-winning children’s author Ms Sparkes back into the school, after she last visited five years ago.

Mrs Caws said: ‘She was just as popular as last time. The children loved the dressing up and they really engaged with Ms Sparkes.’

Ms Sparkes, who has written 38 books, talked to the children about her love of reading, her new book Carjacked and encouraged them to find the book that will change their life.

She said that Five Go To Smuggler’s Top by Enid Blyton was the book that got her hooked.

Ms Sparkes: ‘It has been absolutely brilliant and we have been having lots of fun. It’s been really entertaining.’

Layla Chapple, aged 10, was dressed up as Minnie Mouse.

Layla, from Percy Road, Gosport, said: ‘I like reading. I think it makes you a better learner and it makes you more adventurous.

‘I am an adventurous person anyway so reading makes me happy.’

Also getting into the spirit was 11-year-old Kester Hull, of Findon Road, Gosport, who was dressed as his favourite book character, Sherlock Holmes.

He said: ‘I like Sherlock Holmes as he doesn’t just solve crimes he does a whole range of things – one minute he’s whizzing down the River Thames and the next he’s chasing someone through the woods.’

A ‘book in a box’ craft contest was also ran by the school and the four winners will be announced at Monday’s assembly, each receiving a book token.

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