Dear UK friends, happy World Book Day to you!
World Book Day is a charity event held annually in the United Kingdom and Ireland on the first Thursday in March. It is the local manifestation of World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. On World Book Day, every child in full-time education in the UK is given a voucher to be spent on books.
The Day was first celebrated in 1995 in the United Kingdom. The original, global World Book Day event is generally observed on 23 April. (more at Wikipedia)
World Book Day 2013: almost three quarters of parents read to their children
Parents still find time to read to their children, despite leading increasingly busy lives and the distractions of television and the internet, according to a new survey.
To mark World Book Day today, high street supermarket Sainsbury’s surveyed 2,000 parents and found that 71 per cent – 10 million families – make time to read regularly to their children.
The positive findings, which suggest the temptations of the digital age are being kept at bay, also found that 67 per cent of children are encouraged to catch up on their favourite books during long car journeys, on public transport and in between activities at sports centres. (more at: telegraph.co.uk)
World Book Day 2013: helping change children’s lives
Reading enables us to experience other worlds, to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, and to climb out of poverty. Reading is magical – but inspiring a love of reading in our children requires no alchemy, only the right ingredients and a commitment to practical collaboration. At Beanstalk we train volunteers to give one-to-one support to children who have fallen behind with their reading, using the delights of storytelling to enthuse and enrich them.
Last year, Beanstalk’s volunteers worked with 6,400 shy, reluctant or struggling children, all enabled to make progress at their own pace, and we are continuing to recruit reading helpers and grow our network. To celebrate our 40th anniversary we have created a Charter for Children’s Literacy, which calls on the government and businesses to take action, as well as setting out ways in which culture professionals can help us in our life-changing work. (more at: guardian.co.uk)