Happy World Book Day 2018

Happy World Book Day!!!!!!

So …. if you didn’t know today is World Book Day. World Book Day is a day where we celebrate mainly reading and books, but also authors and illustrators too. It’s the biggest worldwide celebration dedicated to books and reading – that’s celebrated in over 100 different countries all around the world.

This year is the 21st World Book Day anniversary. In schools all around the country, children that are a range of ages will come together to appreciate books and reading. In the UK – the main aim of this day is to encourage children to explore the enjoyment of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

This is able to happen – as every child 18 and under receive a Book Token that they can use to get one pound off a book of their choice.

Also nursery’s, pre-schools and both primary and secondary schools get sent age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs that contain ideas and activities and display materials to promote reading and books.

So now you know a bit of information about what World Book Day is, if you didn’t know what it was before, I will now tell you a bit about my personal experiences of World Book Day, what I love about it and what I think should be improved to make this day even better. Last year I went to school as Where’s Wally (now I wanted to insert the photo of me in my costume here but can I find the photo anywhere… no? So, I have had to insert a photo of the kind of costume I wore here instead).

This is the kind of costume I wore, but instead of the blue skirt I wore denim shorts. It was really fun to dress up as a book character and do activities that revolved completely around books. This year, however, I am unable to take part in any sort of activities for World Book Day today as if you saw my Weekly Wrap Up #1 then you will know that I had an accident in November of last year – this has caused me to lose my sight to read temporarily and various other things. This means I won’t be at college today and so can’t participate in the activities. However I am not letting that get me down – and I am going my own version of World Book Day.

I love how there is a day where we are able to reflect solely on everything that’s great about books, how they can transport you to another world away from the stress and pressures of our crazy life. How they can make you feel understood if you are going through a certain situation or emotion that is conveyed in a book; leaving you feeling like you are not alone in feeling that way. I also love how books make you be able to live one thousand lives outside our own.

Quotes

Now if you know me – you know who you are – then you know that I love quotes; therefore I wanted to share some of my favourite quotes about books today. So on that note here are a few:

  • “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “Books are uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King
  • “A library is a hospital for the mind” – Anonymous
  • “A book is a dream that you hold in your hands” – Neil Gaiman
  • “I am a reader, not because I don’t have a life but because I choose to have many”
  • “One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us”
  • “It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I them.”
  • “Sometimes, when I have to do something I don’t want to do, I pretend I’m a character from a book. It’s easier to know what they would do.” – Will Herondale

What could be improved

Last of all – although World Book Day is amazing I still think there are things that could be improved to make it better. For example; understandably World Book Day focuses quite heavily on children who are in primary school – as they are at the kind of age where you should start to read. However I think that sometimes we forget that teenagers, young adults and even adults don’t always read books either; and that they need the same tap on the shoulder to encourage them to read too. Now I know it’s not that easy, as there are a lot of reluctant readers but this needs to be tackled.

I also think that both the blogging and BookTube community should be able to get involved – as this would really encourage more people to read as it’s such a huge platform that should be used to it’s advantage. Plus we are bookworms, we love books we want to do things to celebrate this very special day and promote one of the very special hobbies we love; reading and books.

So that’s my little mark I have made to recognise this very special day. I hope you enjoyed this post. Please comment if you have done anything to celebrate this wonderful day, and if so what and in what country. Also what character would you dress up as and why? I will see in the next post where I am lost in words.

From

Lost in Words

xxx

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  1. I never really got the point to World Book Day mainly because I’ve always read no matter how old I was as you know. I think if you want people to actually start reading and continue reading you need it to be more than just a day. Otherwise they’re not going to actually pick up this habit. Loved the post!

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    1. I just love that there is a day where we get to celebrate books and reading. Also I loved the fact that at secondary you got to read for the last 15 minutes of the day with the rest of the UK; however this was not long enough at all. Yes as you know I read from a very early age too, so the day wasn’t about getting into reading at all because I already so much. It was the best in primary school – as we got to read for a big part of the day. I completely agree though, it should be more than just one day as otherwise people won’t do it and won’t get into the habit of doing it and then finding out that they enjoy it too. Thank you for saying you loved the post I am glad you loved it!!!!

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  2. Absolutely agree with you that world book day should be celebrated by everyone not just young children. I did a blog post on it last year but didn’t get around to it this year.
    Your costume sounded great. Hopefully next year you can participate again.
    Amanda

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    1. Thank you, I am glad someone else feels the same. Oh really I will go and have a look it now!! Thank you – I really enjoyed wearing it!! Awe thank you, yes I hope so.
      Elena. Xxx💕❤️😁😃😆

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