This Thursday’s World Book Day (1 March) has the message ‘Share a Story’ this year and Suffolk Libraries have picked out some great books to share with children.
This is the 21st World Book Day which is an annual celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) a celebration of reading. It’s the biggest celebration of its kind and is marked all over the world.
The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by giving them the opportunity to have a book of their own. 15million book tokens are being distributed by schools and libraries across the country and can either be exchanged for a free book or can be used to get £1 off the price of a full price book at a participating bookshop.
Krystal Vittles, Suffolk Libraries Development Manager and Children’s Lead, said: “Research has shown that spending just 10 minutes a day reading with a child has huge benefits. It’s a great way to increase their literacy but the act of sitting together and enjoying a story is also really important and also fun. We think it’s really important to remind everyone how many brilliant children’s books are out there for families to enjoy together.”
Suffolk Libraries’ World Book Day list of suggested books which are great to share includes:
- Aliens Love Underpants, by Clare Freedman & Ben Cort
- The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
- Hoot Owl: master of disguise, by Sean Taylor & Jean Jullien
- Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers
- Suddenly!, by Colin McNaughton
- Dear Zoo, by Rob Campbell
- I’ll Catch You If You Fall, by Mark Sperring & Layn Marlow
- You Choose!, You Choose in Space and Just Imagine, by Pippa Goodhart & Nick Sharratt
- No Matter What and Stormy Weather, by Debi Gliori
- Inside Your Outside!, and There’s No Place Like Space! by Tish Rabe and Aristides Ruiz
- If I Ran the Rainforest, by Bonnie Worth, Aristides Ruiz and Theodor Seuss Geisel
- The Tiger Who Came to Tea, by Judith Kerr
- Supermarket Gremlins and School Gremlins by Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillan & Chris Chatterton
- The Elephant and the Bad Baby, by Elfrida Vipont & Raymond Briggs
- Rabbit’s Bad Habits, The Pest in the Nest and Attack of the Snack, by Julian Gough and Jim Field
Full descriptions of these books can be found at https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/wbd-2018
Suffolk Libraries also publishes regular recommendations and ideas for children’s (and adult’s!) books on the website. This includes lists of the best new children’s CD audiobooks and eAudio too - all free to borrow from the library service.
For more information about World Book Day visit the website at www.worldbookday.com/ideas/share-a-story/ and there’s some great advice on sharing books on the BookTrust website - www.booktrust.org.uk/supporting-you/families/reading-tips/how-to-read-with-your-child/
Families visiting libraries this month can also take advantage of some new free materials. Booktrust have given Suffolk Libraries more of their highly-popular Book, Bath, Bed booklets and more copies of the Bear's Reading Adventure sticker activity book. Book, Bath, Bed booklets are special resources launched in 2017 to encourage parents to read to young children as part of their bedtime routine and Bear’s Reading Adventure is a special sticker book to encourage children to visit the library regularly with a sticker as a reward for each visit.
Some World Book Day events taking place in libraries this week (on Thursday):
Lavenham Library is holding a World Book Day storytime session from 2.15pm for pre-schoolers and their parents or carers. Enjoy a fun storytime session, pick up a free pre-school Bookstart pack and come dressed as your favourite book character for the chance to win a prize.
Great Cornard Library is welcoming a group of children from Springfields Nursery at 11am on Thursday for a Share A Story session with music and rhymes. The library will be sharing Bookstart Corner Packs to the children to promote its regular Bookstart sessions. The library will also be giving out World Book Day tokens to children during the week at the regular Tot Rock, Baby Bounce and Busy Booktime sessions.
Great Cornard Library is also holding a World Book Day Library Challenge from 27 February until 7 of March to encourage children to use the library. There will also be a Guess the Book Cover competition and a Book Recommendation Wall for children to write recommendations of their favourite books.
Ipswich County Library are holding a special play rhyme and storytime, and giving away baby packs and treasure boxes and bags.