Snow day, or no snow day, it’s still World Book Day!
Being one of many people snowed-in today, there’s nothing I’d enjoy more than wrapping my body in a blanket, and my hands round a good book. But, although this may seem a good way of dedicating my own time to World Book Day, this year’s theme of ‘Share a Story’ has inspired me to dedicate this week’s blog to World Book Day instead.
While at school, my World Book Day costumes ranged from Dick King Smith’s eponymous character Sophie, to d’Artagnan from The Three Musketeers, and the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Even after my school career ended, I’d often end up helping to transform my mum, a Year 6 teacher, into Harry Potter’s Professor McGonagall or Jeremy Strong’s The Karate Princess. When you think about it, seeing your friends and teachers dressed up in costume is a great conversation starter: ‘who are you?’ or ‘what book are you from?’ can easily turn into a book recommendation, and help share a story, as World Book Day aims to do this year.
For reluctant readers, finding a costume perhaps is more meaningful, as their choice of character is likely to be from one of the few books they have really enjoyed reading. And what’s great about this year’s ‘sharing a story’ theme is that it makes World Book Day so inclusive: story-telling is not exclusive to words set out on a page. Stories can be spoken aloud, or, as discussed in our previous blog, told through captivating illustrations that make text redundant. This can be the gateway for a reluctant reader to become a bookworm: by first discovering the right kind of stories for each individual reader, and through making books a consistent presence in their lives, we can encourage a love of stories to become a love of reading.
Ultimately a love of books starts at home, and here’s where Storm Emma may in fact be a blessing, as now is the perfect time for parents and children to come in from the cold, snuggle up and share their favourite stories. Don’t forget to take a look at the World Book Day website to find out how else you can celebrate!
So, from all of us at Ransom, we wish you a happy World Book Day, and happy story sharing!
For more information on helping reluctant readers, click here.
Currently reading: Lisa Carey’s The Stolen Child