Tuesday, April 2, 2013

International Children's Book Day

Dear Reader Friends,
The Queen here with an announcement. Today, April 2, 2013, has been designated as the International Children's Book Day. Here's a bit of information I picked up from a couple of sites.

According to National Awareness Days
 
April the 2nd was chosen to mark this day for young literature lovers as it's the same date as Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, the author of many famous children's stories like The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling.

Organized by the International Board on Books For Young People, or IBBY, the aim is to promote books and reading to young people. IBBY was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1953 and today there are 70 National Sections from all parts of the world. 

Think of it, people all around the world are participating. How about you?




What can you do? Simple. First off, talk about what today is and why reading is important.

If your not sure why reading is beneficial for both children and adults, check out this list of !0 reasons. 

Are you dealing with reluctant readers? Here's some tips from Reading is Fundamental that will help you understand what's going on behind their reluctance, and steps you can take to help.


Next, go get some books! Invite friends over for a book party. Dress up as your favorite book character. Act out scenes from your favorite books. Let children create their own costumes or mask. Whatever you do, make it fun. Extend the story beyond the pages and show children how books enhance our lives. 

Lacking on ideas? Here's some places you can visit which offer programs, lesson plans and activities. 

Spreading the joy of books around the world is easy and doable.
Just check out USBBY’s blog for easy-to-replicate programs for readers, writers, teachers and parents.

Reading is Fundamental is a great source for encouraging children to read.

Dianne de Las Cases is a storyteller and author and promoter of helping children love stories. There's all kinds of information and fun stuff on her site.

This is also a great day for encouraging children to write their own stories. Check out Teaching Authors for tips on helping children write.

Happy International Children's Book Day! I do hope you'll find a wonderful story to fall into today. 

Happy Reading,
The Queen

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