Thursday 07 March 2019 is World Book Day. This day celebrates authors, illustrators, books and reading and is observed in countries all over the world. It is the world’s BIGGEST campaign to make sure that every child in the world has a book of their very own. There are different celebrations all across the world to help recognise the magic powers of books. Books and stories are a link between the past, the present, and the future, some say that they are a bridge between generations and across cultures. Catering for all age groups, from toddler to teen, titles for World Book Day 2019 has been created to appeal to the widest possible range of children and young people, tastes and abilities.
UNESCO supports World Book Day annually, and by doing so they believe they stand up for creativity, diversity, and equal access to knowledge.World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries worldwide and is a UNESCO initiative which celebrates books and reading, especially amongst the younger members of society. It is meant to unlock the power of children’s minds in a way that the increasing prevalence of digital screens may not provide.
World Book Day for Early Years Learning:
Story time is always special in the early years and reading aloud is a favourite activity, but books don’t need to have words to be valuable. Picture books are appealing to children and adults alike, so they make a great shared activity.
For ideas on what to read, here are some recommended picture book titles from the Children’s Book Review and here are some titles from the most recent Caldecott Books list.
Colouring activities and simple crafts based on book characters are always popular as well. Visit this link for some great printables based on favourite Harper Collins children’s books.
For more WBD ideas specially designed for the early years, visit this link.
At Angel’s Paradise we encourage both reading, and story time, to help encourage imaginations and learning.