Dean Close Preparatory School celebrated World Book Day in style with a Desert Island Books theme. Despite the artic conditions, children arrived to school in a flurry of costumes: Harry Potters in abundance, several Oompa loompas, bears, crocodiles, Mad Hatters, mad conductors and a number of storm troopers.

Ironically the theme for the day was Desert Island books;
each child and member of staff was asked to pick a book
they would read if they were stranded on a desert island
and explain why. Five Islands were then created around
school; Adventure Island, Fantasy Island, Animal Island,
Spies and Detective Island and Historical Island.
Throughout break time pupils gathered on their favourite
islands to hear the older children read excerpts from
stories like Eagle in the Williams by Michael Morpurgo,
Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, Murder Most
Unladylike by Robin Stevens and I am Victoria by Lucy
Worsley.

Head of English, Mr Shelley said, “World Book Day is a
fantastic day, not only because it promotes reading it
creates a great sense of community as everyone loves
dressing up, including the teachers! It was wonderful to see the younger children enjoying being read to,
hopefully some of them will go away and look up the stories for themselves.”

In addition, throughout the morning there were several ‘arrests’ as the ‘book police’ patrolled the School in search of those staff and children who were found to not be reading or in possession of their favourite book.