World Book Day
This Thursday 5 March, thousands of children will swap their usual school uniform to transform themselves into Harry Potter, Red Riding Hood, the Gruffalo, Paddington, and countless other 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 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, hold a competition to decide the greatest book character of all time. Take it in turns to nominate characters, and then pair them off against each other, voting until you have a clear winner.
- Write a review of your favourite book. Be sure to include what the story is about, and why you enjoyed it.
- Have a go at writing the first chapter of your own book! Before you start, answer the following questions: What genre is the book? Where and when is it set? Who is the main character? What do they want – what stands in the way? How are they going to get it?