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World Book Day

Today marks the 22nd World Book Day – recognised in over 100 countries and designed to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and of course, most importantly, reading itself.

This year’s theme is ‘Share a Story

Across the country, we – as adults, parents and carers, are being encouraged to spend just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children. This can make a crucial difference and recognises the positive impact that reading together for only 10 minutes a day can have on a child.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.

Albert Einstein

I absolutely love the theme this year. For me its super important to inspire and engage the next generations through books. 

Children today are connected most of the day through screens, be it internet, gaming, social media etc- my kids are also part of this generation. 

From a very young age, my husband and I decided we would commit to one story a day, every day.  

I believe this has made a huge difference in their creative side, and helped them stimulate imagination and dream. 

For me, World Book Day is all about inspiring our young, future readers to pick up a book and fall in love with reading. Nothing makes me happier than when my 5 year old begs me to go to our local independent kids book shop – The Book Nook to pick up some new books.

Scientific research shows there are many (many) benefits to reading, especially from a young age, from exercises for the brain, encouraging a thirst for knowledge, to helping them understand emotions, including empathy and important topics such as different beliefs/cultures, and subjects such as racism. Last night we actually read Boogie Bear by David Walliams which perfectly embraced the differences in individuals.

Amongst some of the authors highlighted for World Book Day is Abi Elphinstone (Everdark) who’s talk really resonated with me, and helps young children, especially female (given International Women’s Day is tomorrow!) believe in themselves, make them confident – believe they can achieve anything they want to in this world.

The stories I discovered as a child taught me to believe in dragons, wizards and worlds behind wardrobes but they also taught me to believe in myself. They showed me that at 8 years old, I was a match for The White Witch and a hall full of armoured polar bears. Stories are infinitely powerful and I am thrilled to be a part of World Book Day – one of the biggest, most dynamic and most influential campaigns celebrating the joy of stories. I hope that Smudge’s tale in Everdark shows kids from all walks of life that sometimes the truly extraordinary people in this world – the ones who defeat harpies and save kingdoms – are the ones that nobody notices at first…


Top 5 Children Reads in our household from 2018, all getting a 5 star ratings (from kids and adults!):

Younger Kids:

Boogie Bear by David Walliams

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson

The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson

Supertato by Sue Hendra

Older Kids:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks a lot by Dav Pilkey

Horrid Henry Zombies/Vampires by Francesca Simons

The World’s Worst Children by David Walliams

Boys who dare to be different by Ben Brooks

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5 Comments

  • Brendaleea Bagwell
    March 11, 2019 at 7:23 am

    I loved this article! I’m saving your blog for future references on books too 🙂

    Reply
    • bookedupgirl
      March 11, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you!!

      Reply
    • bookedupgirl
      March 20, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      Aww thank you!!!

      Reply
  • Nina
    March 14, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I had a book with 365 fairy tales for each day of the year as a child. My grandparents used to read my a story every day from this book. I want to do the same with my children one day. I keep thinking about how I am going to buy the Grimm’s fairy tales and other children books when I have children to read them bedtime stories. I love fairy tales as a child and I want my children to love them too.

    Nina| psdontreadthis.co.uk

    Reply
    • bookedupgirl
      March 15, 2019 at 6:11 pm

      The Grimm fairytales are a great idea – I’ll look up!

      Reply

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