Last week I sent my daughter up to her room to hunt for a character in a book she would like to be for World Book Day. She came down five minutes later with a Barbie book. As an English graduate, feminist and someone who believes in positive role models, I felt like I had pretty much failed her as a mother at that point. But all is not lost, today’s guest post has reminded me of the fun of dressing up for this event…
Unless your child is a natural-born bookworm, it can be really difficult to get them to engage with reading. Some children adore reading more than anything, but I’m sure most other parents can agree that it can sometimes prove difficult to get your child to sit down for long enough to read the first page!
Many children aren’t lucky enough to live in a household with lots of books readily available to them, which is kind of where World Book Day comes in. Every year children are given a book token at school, which they can use to redeem one of eight books on offer from a local bookstore.
This gives less privileged children a chance to engage with fantastic literature, though it’s a great day for all children to get involved with reading! There are different books every year for a variety of age groups, meaning there’s always something for everyone.
Lots of really famous authors get involved with the event, sometimes even writing a brand new, exclusive book for the event. For example, this year there’s a brand new Horrid Henry book included in the books on offer, which is sure to be a big hit with lots of kids!
If you’re not one of the lucky ones whose little ones were born with a love of reading, there are lots of ways to make World Book Day really exciting for them (and you!).
How about dressing up as Alice in Wonderland and re-enacting the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party whilst reading from the book? Or what about dressing up as Aslan from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe? Perfect for kids who love to roar!
Dressing up is a great way to engage your children with all activities, be it literature or history or current events.
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