World Book Day
Do you love reading? Author of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, said there was no enjoyment quite like it and novelist Stephen King believes there is nothing like it, describing books as a “uniquely portable magic”.
A book can transport you from your surroundings, block out distractions, suspend reality, educate, and entertain. Books are in high demand. According to UNESCO, roughly 2 million new books are published every year in over 120 different countries.
Thursday (4 March) is World Book Day, a global celebration of reading recognised in more than 100 countries. It is a celebration of authors, illustrators and books - but most of all it is a celebration of reading itself.
This year’s World Book theme named by UNESCO is “Ok. So your next book is…?” It focusses on the use of modern technology for promoting reading in young people. Books have come a long way since the first story was ever written more than 4,000 years ago in ancient Sumeria. Today, the way we read is changing. We can buy classics at the touch of a button on e-readers or listen to audiobooks on our phones.
Do you prefer e-books or paperbacks? How are you celebrating reading today?
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- Research the history of the book as an object and make a timeline of its evolution.
- Create a poster depicting your favourite book, but don’t give away the ending!
- Come up with a plan for a World Book Day event to encourage others to start reading.