I’m pretty sure most of us have heard of World Book Day. I remember as a child dressing up as Matilda, and Goldilocks amongst other famous characters.
World Book Day first started in 1995 and was designated by the UNESCO, it is a celebration of reading.
We must acknowledge the authors and illustrators because without these highly skilled people there would be no books to celebrate. It is celebrated in over 100 countries all over the world. This year we celebrate it on 1st March, in many other countries they celebrate it on 23rd April, the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s Death.
The usual tradition is to go to school/preschool dressed up as a book character. You only have to look on Google these days to find 100s of ideas, or you can create your own unique costume.
“This is the 20th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 2nd March 2017 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland 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” taken from http://www.worldbookday.com/about/
Every child in education will be given a £1 off book token to redeem against a new book/audiotape at a participating bookstore. As of 2004 preschools can now join in the celebration.
Roughly 15 million £1 off book tokens will be distributed this year.
What book will you choose? If you need some inspiration have a look at my National Storytelling week post, where you will find my top 10 favourite books for my children…..
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