World Book Day 2018: HeadStart promotes community library and emotional resilience with Bushbury Hill Primary


To celebrate World Book Day 2018, pupils from Bushbury Hill Primary School enjoyed four separate visits to Low Hill Library on Wednesday.

The visits were supported by members of the HeadStart Schools Team, and encouraged the children to celebrate reading while reminding them what an exciting place a library can be. While at the library, the children listened to stories which encourage conversations about their resilience and emotional well-being.


The pupils walked to and from the library in mixed year groups and, once there, were treated to ‘storytime’ with Elisabeth Whitehouse from the Wolverhampton Library Service. All children were given an introduction to the library service and the many benefits it has to offer. They were given a tour of the library and then shown how to borrow books from the library using their easy-to-use self-service machine. 

Thank you so much for today for arranging the library visits. The children loved it and they are all delighted with their books!
— Kay Mason, Headteacher, Bushbury Hill Primary School
The children have had a wonderful week this week, made even better by visiting the library.
— Charlotte Underwood, Deputy Headteacher, Bushbury Hill Primary

The children were so excited and enjoyed sharing books together. The library issued approximately 210 new membership cards! Many children who couldn’t get a membership card on the day were keen to come back soon to register and get theirs.

The event was one of a range of activities happening across the libraries in the city. See the following press release for more:

What the children said about
their storytime books:

'Giraffes can't dance'

It’s about a giraffe who couldn’t dance but at the end he could. If you don’t succeed at first, try, try, try again.
— Maisie, Year 1
It’s kind of a really good story about a giraffe being positive, determined, having resilience and changing his t-shirt!
— Lilly & McKenzie, Year 5
It’s supposed to mean you have to believe what you want to and then it will come true.
— Lilly, Year 3

'A huge bag of worries'

What does the story teach you?

When you build up all your worries, it makes you worry even more and then you talk to someone to get rid of all your worries.
— Aimee, Year 6
If you ever get worried just ask someone for their help and you’ll work it out in the end.
— Jermaine, Year 6
It teaches you to try and forget all your worries.
— Josh, Year 6

Is it OK to have worries?

It doesn’t matter to be worried or anything. You can be worried and that’s OK. They eventually fly away!
— Emilis, Year 4
Yes, when you have worries, it’s OK because you can ask a grown up to help you.
— Molly, Year 6

Questions about SUMO

What does FAIL mean?

It means First Attempt In Learning and also it’s ok to feel sad, mad and bad.
— Gideon, Year 2

How does Hippo Time help you?

It helps you to take breath and relax. If anything is bad, it lets you forget it for a while so you can move on.
— Karl, Year 6

How does SUMO help you in life?

When I am in in argument or a bad situation, I look back to all the good there is.
— Mia, Year 6
It helps me. I just remember SUMO to help me not get in trouble.
— Kieron, Year 6
At home, when I argue with my brother, it makes it easier to resolve and arguments. I use fruity thinking and remember the beach ball the most. The beach ball helps me to see why my brother is mad at me and see if we can find a way to meet in the middle.
— Elizabeth, Year 6
Change your t-shirt makes people have positive thoughts. I use it when my brother is around me because sometimes he gets me mad!
— Amy, Year 6

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