It’s World Book Day.
This morning, I’ve seen nineteen Harry Potters, one Matilda, three Wimpy Kids, one Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, one Red Riding Hood, two Robin Hoods and some kind of sea creature that I couldn’t quite place.
Across the country, children everywhere will be dressing up in honour of their favourite book characters because today is a day to celebrate books, encourage reading and inspire young minds.
In today’s world, it’s hard to get kids to embrace reading and exercise their imaginations through books. With the glamour, pace and visual entertainment of films and video games, all the lovely books sometimes get neglected a little. So, when World Book Day comes around each year, it’s a chance for books to take centre stage.ir-leasing.ru
A good children’s book can give the reader a chance to learn and love new words, to think outside of the box, to rise to the challenge of seeing a project through to completion (reading the entire book), and to go on a wonderful adventure in the process!
From the comfort and safety of their own bedrooms, children can fly through the clouds, swing from trees, discover buried treasure and swim the Seven Seas.
I remember much of my own childhood being spent tucked under the bed covers, reading Thumbelina and Tom Thumb, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, The Famous Five and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Tales that took me away from wherever I was, to another world where the characters were my best friends.
To me, that’s what World Book Day is about.
It’s not about the costumes – no matter how fun they are!
It’s about encouraging children everywhere to read, write, escape through a book, love words, make imaginary friends and just be . . . free.
I’m not a child anymore (although the people who know me would probably argue that point), but just because I’m a bit older, doesn’t mean I don’t get that same freedom from reading a great book. Because I do! I really do! And do you know why that is? Because I developed my bond with books and reading at a very young age. Once that connection has been made, it’s there for life. But you have to catch it and nurture it as early as possible. And that’s why today, in our 21st Century filled with mobile phones, video games, reality TV, social media, computers, iPads, special effects and all the media stuff . . . Books really are friends.
So, take the chance to celebrate this wonderful day each year. Not with an expensive costume, but with a good book. Because that’s really what it’s all about.