I know that for many of us this World Book Day will be different, some of us will still be in school teaching whilst others will be distance learning. However, World Book Day will still go on and it is something that can still be enjoyed and what better time to enjoy it!
This year I have decided to bring some lockdown cheer by dressing up as the witch from Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom, I hope you like them, here are some of the best shots we got.
I know that this all seems like a bit of fun, and believe me it is, but I also make a point every year to highlight World Book day because I am passionate about what it stands for.
Here are a few facts from the World Book Day website about what they achieved in 2020.
- We gifted 1.03 million £1 books in the UK & Ireland in only five weeks,
- 3 in 10 of children receiving free school meals said the book they ‘bought’ with their WBD book token was the first book they had of their own,
- We encouraged at least 25,000,000 minutes of shared reading,
- We made an impact: 64% of early years settings and 66% primary schools said World Book Day changed reading habits.
That is amazing, what a phenomenal thing to be a part of, reading is so important, and not just for children but for adults too. In this time we all need an escape and reading is perfect. I hope you are all kind to yourselves this World Book Day and take some time to enjoy your favourite book.
If you want to know a little more about what World Book Day do as a charity, here what they describe their strategy. (You could also visit their website https://www.worldbookday.com)
World Book Day’s strategy for 2020-25 sets out how we intend to go further to realise our charitable purpose. We want to see more children, from all backgrounds, developing a life-long habit of reading for pleasure, benefiting from the improved life chances this brings them.https://www.worldbookday.com/world-book-day-strategy-2020-25/
I was fortunate to grow up in a house that encouraged reading and provided ample opportunities to do so. The very fact that you are able to read my words now is a privilege, one that not everyone has. So dress up and if you can, donate and celebrate World Book Day! If you are looking for somewhere to donate to you can join me in donating by following the link below.
The National Literacy Trust is a wonderful organisation with the aim to “#closethegap” in the UK’s poorest communities. They work and help with reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, providing support for those that can be the most vulnerable. What wonderful work, may it long continue. (There are many different charities out there so you could do a little research and see which one would be right for you.)
Until next time.
See my other World Book Day posts
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