[Pictured above: Pupils from Dixons Marchbank Primary School celebrating World Book Day]
Children from schools across the District will be celebrating their love of reading and books by taking part in World Book Day today.
Whether you grew up with Charlotte’s Web and the friendship that grows between Wilbur, a runty pig, and Charlotte, a heroic spider, the Famous Five or Harry Potter; there is nothing quite like delving into a good book.
And for many it blossoms into a love that lasts a lifetime. This is why World Book Day has become the annual celebration of books and reading and the time to encourage children to discover the magic inside the pages.
The event was first marked in the UK in 1997 amid concerns over reading and writing standards in schools.
World Book Day marks its 20th anniversary this year and organisers say the event is ‘a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, reading’. 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.
Schools and nurseries are sent packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.
Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd some 15 million book tokens will be distributed. Children can take their voucher to a local bookseller and use it to pick one of ten exclusive, new and completely free books. Or, if they’d rather, they can use it to get £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop or book club.
Since the campaign began, around 13 million £1 books have ended up in the hands of eager young readers.
This year’s 10 offerings cater for all ages from pre-school through to young adults in a bid to give as many as possible the chance to join in the fun. The titles for the nation’s youngest book lovers feature beloved characters Peppa Pig and extra-terrestrials from the Aliens Love Underpants series.
For readers at Key Stage 1, Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks has contributed a new Princess Mirror-Belle title and Martin Handford has made one of his Where’s Wally? adventures available.
They can also pick up some tips from Horrid Henry or catch up with the Famous Five, whereas Key Stage 2 readers are able to enjoy something new from beloved British authors David Walliams or Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Young Adult titles will come from Michael Grant and David Almond.
Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills said:
“We hope that World Book Day celebrated in schools creates readers for the future by igniting a love of books and reading in children and young people. Bradford Council’s
Libraries are hosting a number of events which can be found here: www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries.”
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