What is World Book Day?
World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading. Our mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.
Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income. We want to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a life-long habit of reading for pleasure and the improved life chances this brings them.
World Book Day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. It is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.
The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997 to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading.
As World Book Day founder, Baroness Gail Rebuck, recalls “We wanted to do something to reposition reading and our message is the same today as it was then – that reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform lives.”
This year is the 24th year there’s been a World Book Day, and was on the 4th March 2021, children of all ages will come together to share the joy of reading for pleasure.
Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their future success and it’s fun for all involved.
That’s why World Book Day continues to encourage children and young people to read for pleasure through its work with authors, illustrators, publishers, bookshops and libraries.
In Class 3 our focus was to write an Acrostic Poem on what World Book Day means to us, as well as focus on characters from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We have made masks using paper mache of Charlie, Willy Wonka, Augustus Gloop, Verruca, Mike T.V & Violet. We had a lot of discussion around the type of people these characters are and if we would like to be them! The general consensus of opinion was NO to Augustus, Violet, Verruca and Mike T.V because they are spoilt, unkind and just not very nice in general.