Now in its 25th year, World Book Day celebrates the past, present and future of children’s reading and aims to encourage those who have never picked up a book to do so.
Back in March we celebrated World Book Day by showcasing on our socials, some of our favourite children’s bedrooms decorated around the theme of a book such as The Gruffalo, Winnie the Pooh and The Tiger Who Came To Tea, to name a few.
In the background, we were working alongside a primary school based in Milton Keynes called Wavendon Gate School. We offered pupils of the school the chance to take part in a story writing competition, which they were thrilled to accept. Select year groups wrote short stories on the subjects of moving home and new homes. We had some fantastic entries, out of which Deputy Headteacher, Sally Sheridan, picked three winners – one had recently moved into an Abbey New Home on Ortensia Drive in Milton Keynes.
Wavendon Gate received a £150 donation from us to help replenish their much-loved library with new books. In addition to the £150 donation, we also awarded our top three writers National Book Tokens at a celebratory assembly.
Ms Sheridan said, “It has been a pleasure working alongside Abbey New Homes in this exciting project. The children were really inspired to write original stories that focused on moving to a new house and making new friends. The kind donation of prizes by Abbey New Homes helped to make it a competition our pupils wanted to take part in! We are thrilled that they have also made a £150 donation to books in our school library. This helps us to promote the importance of reading which is at the heart of our school ethos”.
This celebration aims to encourage exploration and curiosity and helps children and young adults to understand the importance of reading books, which Abbey are proud to support.
Stephen Holbrook, Sales Director for Abbey New Homes said, “We were delighted to support Wavendon Gate School with a donation to mark World Book Day. Books are a fantastic way to feed children’s imaginations and we hope that the new books the donation buys will be enjoyed for years to come. I would also like to thank all the children who took part in our competition and dedicated their time to write these wonderful stories”.