Today is World Book Day. It’s an event celebrated in the UK on the first Thursday in March, every year. It’s a variation of UNESCO’s International Day Of The Book, which was launched by former Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998 with the aim to promote a culture of reading, publishing and Copywright amongst British youths.
Every Child in full Time education is given a special World Book Day £1 token to be redeemed on any book in a UK Bookshop. It’s also a fun event for parents and Children as most Schools and Nurseries encourage pupils to come to school dressed as their favourite book character.
There’s usually lots of events up and down the country to mark the event. This year, the World Book Day charity has organised a book show to be premiered online tagged ‘The Biggest Book Show Online’. The event is to be hosted by children’s show presenters Dick and Dom and you can get link to the show here http://www.worldbookday.com/biggest-book-show/.
For more details on events and resources to encourage your child to read and write, there’s lot’s of information on the charities website to inspire toddlers and even teenagers.
Another great idea is to take them to Discover, a children’s centre in Stratford, East London, for a fun day of story telling and great games. The Center usually have events planned to mark World Book day or you could drop in any other day. You can view details of upcoming events here.
You can encourage your child to read more by taking advantage of Bookstart packages, widely available across Boroughs in London and the UK, where you child can get free books to get them started. Most Children Centres also have book borrowing facilities where you’re allowed to take books home for your child and bring them back at an agreed time to allow others also enjoy the facilities.
Why not send us a photo of your little one in their favourite character? You could win a pack of Roald Dahl Books including ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ so send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org now for your chance to win!