World Book Day at Newcastle High School for Girls proved a feast of learning as girls not only arrived at school dressed as their favourite book characters, but also took part in a tasty ‘Bake a Book’ competition.Winning cake

This delicious approach to celebrating the day generated much delight among the pupils at the leading girls’ school, especially as Hannah Lambert from Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, agreed to judge the ‘book’ competition alongside English Subject Champion, Dr Colleen Robertson and Learning Resources Manager, Carol Elliott.

Hannah, who is the Programming and Marketing Assistant at Seven Stories, said: “Seven Stories is honoured to have been invited to judge the competition and to help celebrate World Book Day in such an innovative way.

“I think the ‘Bake a Book’ competition is a great way to get children really excited about books and reading.  The cakes were absolutely fantastic and it has been a delight to see how the girls’ imagination and knowledge of their chosen story have translated into a design for a cake.”

The judging inevitably took some time due to the high standard of entries but the eventual winner was 11 year old Maya Torres from Newcastle, whose cake was based on the book Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne.

Maya said: “The reason why I chose to base my cake on Handa’s Surprise is that this story is set in the town where my parents grew up and it has been my favourite book ever since I was a toddler.  I love it very much and can’t wait to read it to my children when I am older.  The book taught me to be grateful and generous.”

English teacher and Head of Year 7 at Newcastle High School for Girls, Kay Thew, organised the competition. She said: “World Book Day is a wonderful way to endorse the message about the importance of reading. Reading develops empathy and compassion, tickles the imagination and teaches values.”

After the judging was complete, the edible books were sold in aid of the RNIB. The charity was selected because the girls at Newcastle High wanted to support adults and children who are struggling to read print.  Listening to a Talking Book allows those who are living with a sight loss to discover a new way to enjoy books.

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