World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
This is the 15th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 1st March 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
I was a very trying child reader. I tried to read and it didn’t quite click. I was searching for authors that would speak to me and now as I’m older (but not wiser) I’m still searching for authors that speak to me.
I’ve found enough authors I like listening to and I could happily, I suppose, cease searching and stick with authors that I know and like. And lots of people do. But then I’d miss out on the experience of reading a book like The Snow Child which combines the magic of fantasy with the reality of growing older childless couple in a barren place, a view of the world that I would have no other way of so directly experiencing.
Reading gives children an understanding that the world can be something totally different from the reality of their every day. It’s not like TV or film where those images are projected. Reading engages, stimulates,
and challenges and entertains.
It is also private and individual. There is no other way of meeting the mind of another that has the same impact or understanding.
Happy World Book Day!