What is world book day?
World Book Day is a registered charity who have a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) a celebration of reading. Now in it’s 23rd year, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind. A worldwide celebration of books and reading, it is now marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
Why is reading is key?
Reading is key for everyone. Studies prove that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance, helps them develop a broader vocabulary and gives them a better understanding of the world and other cultures. In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.
What difference can I make as a parent?
As a parent you can make a huge difference! Parents are the most important educators in a child’s life – even more so than school teachers. It’s never too early to start reading together with your child. Reading for pleasure is in decline, and World Book Day aims to boost it back up, raise awareness and spark millions of imaginations.
Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well being able to read the letters on a page. Through stories, children will become familiar with a range of words that they may not use in everyday life. This helps them build up their vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. As children start to learn to read at school, you as a parent can help by trying to keep them interested in books. Find out what type of books interest them and help them find new books that will be engaging and fun.
This year, Bright Young Things are supporting World Book Day and asking you to #ShareAStory today. Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their outcome. Plus it’s fun for all involved. You can read together anywhere and everywhere, from breakfast to bedtime!