This year marks the 25th Anniversary of World Book Day and what a fabulous day it was. World Book Day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. It is marked in over 100 countries around the globe and the first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997. We all know that once a year, we have the pleasure of dressing up, reading a good book and celebrating but surely there is more to it than that? World Book Day has a mission and that is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.
We all know reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income. What better way is there to improve a child’s future success than encouraging them to develop a life-long habit of reading?
At Central, the month of March has seen the introduction of a Reading Extravaganza which also focuses on reading for pleasure. We have a March reading challenge, our 100 books are re-launching, we’ve had the Travelling Book Fair visit and now World Book Day has been the icing on the cake.
Classes from across the school have celebrated today by taking part in a number of book related activities such as live webinars and masterclasses with authors and illustrators, craft activities linked to favourite books and balloon debates about which books we would choose out of a selection.
Here are some photos of the children sharing their favourite characters with you:
Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their future success and that’s why we continue to encourage our children to read for pleasure regularly.