World book day is one of my favourite memories from school. We used to have to dress up each year as a character from our favourite book and the playground would be like walking through a fantasy land! World Book Day 2015 is on March 5th so there’s not long left to get your costumes ready, but first, what exactly is World Book Day?
World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading in general. Established 18 years ago, World Book Day has grown year upon year into a well-loved tradition, especially in primary schools where it allows children to learn the value of reading while using their imaginations to bring various characters to life.
Designed by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation), World Book Day is now celebrated in over a 100 countries across the globe with the aim of encouraging, primarily children. to read and explore the pleasure books can give you. As part of the event, numerous amounts of vouchers are handed out to children so that even those that are apart of low-income families can access books and enjoy the fun.
In the UK, there are special packs which nurseries and schools can order through the World Book Day website, containing resources and tools for them to use within their lessons to engage the children in the different aspects of the day.
Why is World Book Day so important?
World Book Day is beneficial to children for numerous reasons as mentioned above. One teacher commented that “It promotes reading for enjoyment, not just because you have too, which is a big part of a child’s development of not only reading skills but writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation”. World Book Day is also an important way to help keep our history of authors alive and fresh in memories. Each year, children’s writers such as Dahl, Blyton and Wilson are celebrated and it’s this that keeps children reading their stories, some over and over again.
For more information on this years World Book Day and what you can do to help celebrate, head over to their website http://worldbookday.com
Until next time…