Literacy

All set for World Book Day 2021

World Book Day is always popular with my family. This annual event takes place at the beginning of March and my granddaughter Daisy always enjoys dressing as a book character on that day; in previous years her costumes have honoured The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr, The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

World Book Day will take place on Thursday March 4th 2021 with the aim of ‘changing lives through a love of books and shared reading’. The organisers have stated that this year ‘World Book Day, just like everything else, will be different. We’ve adapted to make sure that World Book Day sends a powerful and positive message about books and reading, even in lockdown.’

World Book Day encourages us parents and grandparents to find a little time each day to read together with our children and grandchildren; finding just 10 minutes to share a book together is a perfect way to share our love of reading with a child and develop their own passion for books. 

Daisy will regularly ask one of us to read her a story during our family FaceTime calls; she can happily enjoy 10 minutes sharing a book with each of her parents and each of her grandparents. 

The official World Book Day website suggests 10 Ways to celebrate World Book Day and provides details of this year’s £1 books. The website also has plenty of nursery and pre-school resources, with other links to some favourite characters, authors and illustrators.

Given that we all have additional time together at home, there’s a World Book Day ‘Share a Story Corner’ with videos to share together and some follow-up activities to accompany the stories. 

There’s also a new section of free audiobooks to share in ‘World of Stories’ with a selection to suit different ages and these are available to enjoy now. 

I hope you’re also able to celebrate World Book Day 2021.

A preschooler sits and reads a book of Nursery Rhymes on her own
Daisy is definitely ready for World Book Day 2021

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