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World Book Day wows Stockton Borough schools

Friday, March 3, 2017


HUNDREDS of children from schools across Stockton Borough celebrated World Book Day yesterday (2 March) with two acclaimed authors.

At Stockton Central Library, pupils from schools including Bowesfield Primary School, Tilery Primary School and St Bede’s Catholic Academy were treated to an author session with The Great Chocoplot author, Chris Callaghan.

Chris, who is also shortlisted for Stockton Children’s Book of the Year 2017, entertained the youngsters with hilarious excerpts of The Great Chocoplot followed by a book signing.

The book follows Jelly and her family who set out to investigate the end of chocolate and follow a trail of clues to discover if it really is the chocopocalypse, or if a chocoplot is afoot!

Meanwhile local author and illustrator Matt Bryan visited Billingham Library and Norton Library to launch his new book, Sir Henry the Knight of Light - an engaging tale of daring, kindness and friendship.

The interactive sessions saw the children have a go at drawing their own characters as well as take home Matt’s hand-drawn illustrations.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “The author sessions to celebrate World Book Day are just an example of the wonderful events that are available at Stockton Borough libraries. The pupils had a wonderful time getting to know Chris and Matt’s new characters and having their books signed. I am sure they left feeling very inspired to continue their own journeys with books and reading.”

The day ended with the annual World Book Day Quiz at Stockton Central Library. A number of local secondary schools battled their way through picture and general knowledge rounds with goodie bags and a commemorative shield up for grabs. Each team member also took home a free book of their choice.

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