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Ten-Minute Stories for World Book Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 03 March 2021 > Celebrate

World Book Day is on 4 March this year. In the UK, schoolchildren receive a £1 book token they can spend on a selection of books chosen for the day. The authors have recorded ten-minute readings great for classroom use. Here's a selection.

The readings are part of a project to share stories by recording readings, which would be a fabulous language-learning project. Some pupils really gain confidence in speaking when they can say someone else's words rather than having to come up with their own.  Then they can use that confidence to work on their own expression.

Here a three of this year's World Book Day authors sharing their stories.

This is Humza Arshad reading from his book, Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties. The scene is in a classroom, so it's good for school vocabulary and it's a great example of doing a dramatic reading, with different voices for the characters.

In this reading,  from her book, What A Waste, Jess French shows that non-fiction books can have a dramatic reading too. Great for an ecology theme.

Katherine Rundell reads from her novel, Rooftoppers. It has a great mysterious feel.

You can find more 10-minute readings on the Day's YouTube channel,  including readings of a Roald Dahl story and one by his granddaughter Sophie, and ones by children's fiction stars Jacqueline Wilson, David Walliams and Cressida Cowell. There are even more resources on the website, including some great audiobooks.

Ready to Use Downloadable resources ready to use in class
> Roald Dahl’s The Witches
> Roald Dahl Centenary