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World Book Day 2016

Are we all ready for this year’s World Book Day? If like me you’re not quite organised yet, don’t despair as I’ve gathered some resources and easy peasy last-minute costume ideas on my World Book Day Pinterest Board. Of course you may not have the time or inclination to make a costume – check out this post I wrote about a previous World Book Day when I opted for a combination of homemade and off the peg outfits for my three boys.

But surprisingly enough, World Book Day wasn’t just added to the calendar to torment us parents and give us another task to add to our never-ending lists. Here’s what it’s really all about.

WHY DO WE HAVE WORLD BOOK DAY?

World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. World Book Day is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all. A main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

To mark the day, school children are entitled to receive a World Book Day £1 book token (or equivalent €1.50 book token in Ireland) supplied by national Book Tokens Ltd. The £1 / €1.50 book token can be exchanged for one of ten (eleven in Ireland) specially published World Book Day £1 / €1.50 books, or is redeemable against any book or audio book of their choice costing £2.99 / / €3.99 or more at a participating bookshop or book club.

World Book Day 2016

Luckily for me, my children are avid readers and surely fun activities like dressing as a book character or the magical experience of going back to school in pyjamas, armed with their favourite teddy to listen to bedtime stories whilst enjoying hot chocolate will be amongst their fondest memories of school and make their love of books even stronger.

Do your children enjoy books or do you have a reluctant reader? What aspect of World Book Day do they like best? Who will they dress up as this year? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.

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