World Book Day
This Thursday, thousands of children will dispense with their normal school uniforms to transform themselves into Harry Potters, Red Riding Hoods, Gruffalos, Paddingtons and countless more literary legends as part of a worldwide celebration of books.
World Book Day is celebrated globally by over 100 countries. It is a celebration of authors, illustrators and books — but most of all it is a celebration of reading itself!
Books have come a long way since the first story was written more than 4,000 years ago. (Historians believe that this was The Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem about a Sumerian king who battled and befriended the gods of ancient Mesopotamia.)
Today we can buy books at the touch of a button using e-readers; listen to audiobooks on our phones; or explore old stories in new graphic novels.
However, with distractions such as Netflix and social media all around us, it’s easy to forget the comfort of sitting down with a real page-turner. World Book Day is the perfect opportunity to discover (or rediscover!) the joys of reading.
What is your favourite book? Is reading still the best way of getting lost in a story? And, most important of all, will you be dressing up on Thursday?
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- As a class, discuss who you think is the best book character ever written. Remember, “best” does not necessarily mean the most popular, or even your own personal favourite!
- Write a review of your favourite book — but don’t give away the ending!
- It’s time to write your own story! Think about something that you want to say. This could be a particular feeling or experience you want to share with the world. Think about characters, a setting and a situation that could bring those things to light. Then have a go at writing an opening chapter to introduce them.