A fantastic celebration of World Book Day in Kirklees

We were delighted to welcome almost 150 children to our annual World Book Day Quiz at Huddersfield Town Hall.

This year was extra special as the event celebrated its 10th anniversary. The event had a fantastic turnout of 37 teams representing Kirklees schools. Everybody had a chance to make new friends and have a great time.

Who took part?

Teams of Year 5, 6 and 7 pupils tested their knowledge of 20 different books. The contest was hosted by performance poet Conrad Burdekin. Conrad also entertained the children, parents and schools staff in between rounds.

There was even a special guest appearance from author Dom Conlon. Dom brought along copies of Meet Matilda Rocket Builder and the popular Wild Wanderers series.

And the winners were…

In first place were Team A from Colne Valley High School, closely followed by Colne Valley High School Team B and Headlands CE (C) JI&N School.

Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said:

“We are always keen to promote a love of reading because it makes a huge difference in children’s development.

“The Kirklees family of schools do wonderful work in this area and, of course, thousands of parents across the district build on this by reading with their children at home.

“Last year’s World Book Day Quiz was held online due to the pandemic, so it’s wonderful that so many children were able to join us in person and enjoy an afternoon of fun, learning and laughter.

“We want all of our children to aspire, achieve and enjoy the best possible start in life. Everyone who took part in the quiz was a real credit to their school and family – we are proud of them all.”

More information

Quiz organisers Kirklees Schools Library Service – Booksplus are already planning ahead for the next World Book Day Quiz in March 2023.

Thank you to Walker Books, who sponsored the event and provided book prizes for the day.

Also as part of our World Book Day celebrations, we worked with local schools and libraries to ensure young people saw themselves represented in the books they read on World Book Day. All the details are in our news story.