WORLD BOOK DAY : SOME FACTS AND BOOK REVIEWS
This year March 1, 2018, is the 21st edition of #WorldBookDay and recognized by most Commonwealth countries, while the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) who officially introduced the day for the first time on 23 April 1995 celebrates #WorldBookDay annually on the 23rd April. This date also happens to be the date of Willian Shakespeare’s death.
Did your kid’s school also make a fuss about it?
Our son’s school did.
The school his at encouraged the kids to dress up in their favourite book character and bring along the book with the character. They even had a special assembly where the parents were invited to attend. Going by the smiles on the kid’s faces, they certainly loved having us there. One of the things I’m beginning to enjoy about this school is how they inspire the kids to read, write, identify words and not only that they encourage parents to play an active role in these activities with the kids. I posted here about the benefits of reading to your kids, did you read it yet?
WHAT IS WORLD BOOK DAY ABOUT?
It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly it’s a celebration of reading. 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.
The main aim of World Book Day 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. That’s why our son’s schools suggested the kids take their favourite book to school today and if time permits the teacher would read the book with the respective child to the class.
BOOKS WE READING
As we celebrating World Book Day I thought I’d share with you some of the titles we’re reading at the moment with our son. These were fantastic easy reads for the parents that tend to fade before the story is over and illustrated largely so your kids can enjoy and follow through the pictures while you read.
Little Red Reading Hood will inspire your kids to love books, enjoy reading and encourage them to use their imagination.
The story has two messages for the kids in my opinion. First to never trust strangers as sometimes those strangers don’t have YOUR best interest at heart. The second message is that a story is just that a story. The figment of someone’s imagination, it, therefore, can start like any other story but end in a totally different manner.
Little Red Reading Hood is a fun take on the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood.
Created by Lucy Rowland and Ben Mantle.
YAY/NAY – a resounding YAY! We thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Retail Cost – from R130+
We Found A Hat Two a tale of two turtles that find a single hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles.
The story beautifully illustrates the emotions we humans experience when it comes to deciding on whether to leave something alone as you won’t be able to share it with a sibling or friend. The buildup takes an unexpected turn, a beautiful way to teach our kids who may face a similar situation one day in life. We Found A Hat is part of a hat trilogy, I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat.
Created by Caldecott Medalist and Jon Klassen.
YAY/NAY – YAY, wonderful read with an amazing lesson.
Retail Cost – from R140+
As reading allows us to imagine, what do you think our toys do when we’re away at school?I’m sure you’ve wondered, ok maybe not now in as the parent … or maybe still you do?
Imagine if one of your teddy bears invited all his stuffed animal friends over? Just like you may have done when your parents went away for the weekend, they have a wild party. Complete with jumping on the bed, drawing on the walls, dressing up in dad’s clothes, breaking things and filling the house up with bubble-bath and having a sliding contest in the hall.
I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is In Trouble Today is every parent’s worst nightmare, told in a manner children can understand. An adorable story, allowing the kids to use their imagination and imagine what it would be like if their toys came to life.
Created by Jancee Dunn and Scott Nash.
YAY\NAY – definitely a YAY! It really is a wonderful read
Retail Cost – from R140+