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 amongst 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?
Read Our Stories
Booker Prize list: ‘moment of cultural change’
Are stories what make us uniquely human? The amazingly varied shortlist for this year’s Booker Prize for Fiction highlights the way a passion for narrative unites people worldwide.
From fictional French conman to surprise hero
Should we be so fascinated by brilliant criminals? A new French drama about a cunning conman has become a massive Netflix hit. But some say Lupin sends entirely the wrong message.
Help dispel the gloom – join the poetry boom!
If everyone read a poem a day, would there be no more wars? Amanda Gorman’s performances have brought millions of people together and provided inspiration in a time of global crisis.
A fable in search of a great humane vision
Are humans unique? Tomorrow one of the greatest writers on this theme, Kazuo Ishiguro, will publish a new novel about artificial intelligence, human nature and the meaning of love.
This week’s assembly slides look at the history of reading, writing and books themselves. A video clip considers what makes a book a book – and pictures and discussion points look at what makes reading such a powerful tool.
- 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.