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Wood Green school holds first ‘world book night’

PUBLISHED: 11:57 14 June 2013 | UPDATED: 11:57 14 June 2013

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Children and parents at Haringey’s newest school came together to discuss their love of reading as staff held their first world book night.

The evening at Heartlands High School, on Station Road in Wood Green, was an opportunity for participants to discuss the importance of reading.

There was a focus on new children’s laureate Malorie Blackman’s bestselling novel Noughts and Crosses, with students and adults reading aloud from the story and discussed possible themes.

All participants were gifted with a copy of Noughts and Crosses to take home, pledging to spend time each week reading the book and talking at home about it.

Learning resources manager and organiser Helen Swinyard said: “everyone was buzzing from the evening’s discussion and excited to get stuck into the book.

“It’s a great book with plenty of issues to debate and think about. One pupil said her favourite thing about the evening was looking forward to spending a set period of special time each week with her mum, talking about the book. It’s a privilege to be able to help enable interactions like this and get the whole family excited about literacy.”

Andrew Lloyd, literacy co-ordinator, said “The enthusiastic and supportive way in which both students and parents embraced the first Heartland’s world book event just proves how with the right support all children can become avid readers.

“We look forward to our next event with continued optimism.”

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