At the beginning of the year we embarked on a family challenge to read one new book a week. We do read a lot (definitely more than one book a day) but I wanted us to make one special book our focus for the week.
Sitting down to read together is one of our favourite times of the day. The house is quiet and that moment is just about us, together, with a book. We sit and we read, we talk, we laugh. The conversations we have shared, the questions that we have discussed, the time we have spent, all because of a book. We read stories every night before bedtime but making the time to share a book during the day is really enjoyable and it has given us some of the most precious time together.
Books are special, magical things.They contain people you have never met, places you have yet to visit and by turning the page you are taken to other worlds: to sail across the sea on the back of a whale; row in an umbrella to the South Pole; go on a Bear Hunt; or fly hand in hand with a snowman. Sharing a book with your child and taking them on that special journey through a story is, in my opinion, one of the greatest ways you can spend time together.
Today, of all days, take the time to sit down and read a book. Enjoy a story. Today is World Book Day a worldwide celebration of books and reading marked in over 100 countries around the globe. Now in its 17th year, World Book Day aims to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading.
If you have time you can also let that story take you on an even greater adventure. Since we started our #kidsbookaweek challenge we have used children’s picture books as our inspiration to do crafts, baking and also to get outdoors. Here’s some ideas:
- Monkey Puzzle Felt Board
- Mr Wolf’s Pancakes
- Alfie Rainbow Indoor Picnic Party
- The Giving Tree Family Tree
- Only One You Painted Stones
- Percy the Park Keeper Woodland Animals
- The Shape of My Heart Shape Walk
There are also fabulous resources on the World Book Day website so make sure you check those out too.
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