The Old School House Celebrates World Book Day www.worldbookday.com
What is World Book Day?
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. Its a day when children of all ages 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. All children in nursery have received a £1 book token to buy a book of their own.
To celebrate the day children had great fun dressing up as their favorite book characters. The babies brought in their favorites story books from home that were shared and read to all and also created book of their own `A Day in the life of the Baby Room` The toddlers and school room children made a new story sack and the created a wonderful `Hungry Caterpillar` themed book area.
One of the popular activities by far was `family reading time` when mums, dads and grandparents joined in the fun at nursery reading stories to the children.
Why reading is important: We know that the development and use of communication and language needs to be at the heart of young children’s learning and embedded into the Early Yeas curriculum. As Dr Edward Zigler (one of the founders of Head Start) (12 February 2002) United States Senate testimony so eloquently explains……
“Reading is just one aspect of cognitive development, and cognitive development is just one aspect of human development. A child’s curiosity and belief that he or she can succeed are just as important to reading as knowing the alphabet. I am urging that we broaden our approach to literacy by focusing on the whole child. We must also broaden our understanding of when and where literacy begins. Literacy begins with the thousands of loving interactions with parents after an infant is born. It begins as a child develops a sense of self-worth by realizing that his or her accomplishments, whether they be learning to roll over or to recite the alphabet, are important to significant others. It begins with sitting in a safe lap, hearing a familiar bedtime story. Eventually a child will want to emulate the parent and read, too. Reading, then, begins with meeting the child’s physical, social, and emotional needs, followed by exposure to more formal literacy skills.”
If you’ve been inspired by World Book Day what better than to get involved in The Cambridge Literary Festival right here on our doorstep. www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com
Today, the renamed Cambridge Literary Festival welcomes writers and readers from around the world. In giving a platform to some of the most intriguing and provocative minds of our age, the Festival provides a space for debate, diversity, dissonance and desires. It showcases creativity. It encourages children and young people to be enthused by the beauty of words. It creates a forum for authors and readers to mingle and converse, and provides opportunities for new and aspiring writers to develop their craft. It celebrates the breadth of human experience in the cultural epicentre that is the historic and beautiful city of Cambridge.
I hope to see you there I will be stewarding at the event most evenings!