We’re huge fans of books in our house. Brian and I both grew up loving to read, and we’ve virtually run out of space for books on our shelves. It was important to us to instill a love of books in our children, and it’s always one of my favorite times of the day when we’re all four settled in to hear a good story.
It makes sense, then, that I was really excited when I heard about World Book Day. World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. It’s most dominant in the UK and Ireland, and is not currently in the US.
How fun does that sound, though?! Kids can wear World Book Day fancy dress up clothes like the Very Hungry Caterpillar (from Fancy Dress Ball) to participate, and can get free books. I love this, and hope one day it comes to the US too! For one thing, it promotes books, and for another, it gives kids another excuse for dressing up (my boys have been ready for Halloween since, well, November 1).
I do know some schools have celebrations – for instance, my boys’ day care is celebrating Dr. Seuss week and is having parents come in and read. Have you or your kids participated in any sort of book events? I’d love to hear about them!