World Book Day is one of our favourite times of the year. Also the busiest, as we visit schools across the country with workshops that explore popular children’s books through dance or drama.
The workshops are a great way to encourage children to experience books from a new perspective. Both the dance and drama workshops develop children’s physical literacy and communication, while giving them creative ownership of the story that they reimagine.
In a Bringing Books to Life dance workshop children gain a new understanding of a story’s structure and the characters’ journeys by recreating the narrative from start to finish. Meanwhile in a Story Explorer drama workshop the children go in-depth into the events and ideas behind the story, with older classes having the chance to question the decisions made by the characters.
Each year we choose a special selection of books to focus on during the World Book Day period, including one or two completely new workshop options. (This also means we get to spend some quality time in bookshops, which is an added bonus!)
World Book Day 2020 will take place on Thursday 5th March, and our World Book Day workshops celebrations will last from 24th February to 13th March 2020.
We’re delighted to announce that our 2020 World Book Day choices are…
Bringing Books to Life dance workshops:
The Troll by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Story Explorer drama workshops:
Stick Man by Julia Dondaldson
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Fantastic Mr Fox and Matilda by Roald Dahl
Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
New for 2020 we have Coraline (our office copy is already a little dog-eared) and Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, as well as the classic The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit.
You can read about our choreographers’ experience of delivering the Bringing Books to Life workshops last World Book Day here. Or if you’re interested in knowing more about either workshop or want to make an enquiry for World Book Day 2020, you can take a look at our web pages for Bringing Books to Life for World Book Day or Story Explorer.