Thursday 2nd March was world book day 2017. IF I’m honest, when I first hear it was world book day I didn’t really know what that meant, but once I found out more I realised this was such a great idea to try to get kids interested in books and reading more.
So what is world book day?
World book day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of authors, books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
2017 is the 20th year there’s been a World Book Day. In the UK the main aim of world book day is to “encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own”.
As part of this schools and nurseries that registered for world book day were sent packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs which contained ideas, activities and display material about how to get involved in World Book Day.
The children then take their voucher to a local bookseller and can use it to pick one of a new and exclusive book free, or they can get £1 off any book or audio book costing.
When I was in the car on Thursday they were interviewing someone from World Book Day, and was saddened to hear that from many children World Book Day was the only way they actually got a book of their own.
Reading and access to books should be a standard part of every kid’s childhood. After all if they don’t grow up reading and loving books, how will they ever get into reading?
So well done to all schools and nurseries that took part in this year’s World Book Day, I hope once again it got kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and let them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future.