Happy World Book Day!

ImageA day for celebrating books! What a wonderful idea! I hope you have the afternoon off to spend wrapped up in a blanket with a mug of something hot and an excellent read, or enjoying books with your the little ones in your life, or cruising your local independent bookstore or GoodReads for some new ideas about what to read next. Here are some ideas for activities you can do with kids of any age to celebrate World Book Day.

  • Dress up like your favourite character from a book. This can be done just with what you have lying around the house. A yellow yarn wig and a blue dress and you’re Alice in Wonderland. Neil Gaiman became Badger from the Wind in the Willows with some facepaint and a bit of hairstyling. Here are some great ideas for book-themed costumes. Check out some of your favourite kids’ book authors, including Gaiman, dressing up as their favourite characters from books for an exhibition at the Oxford Story Museum
  • Head over to your local library; it’s a good bet they’ve got some fun activities in honour of the day.
  • Print out and colour a bookmark. Print it on cardstock for a bit more longevity. You could attach a tassel or pompom to the top. Make one to keep and one for a friend. You can find some printable bookmarks with quotes about reading here.
  • Treat your kiddos by letting them choose a new book from your local bookstore. Consider having them choose a book to donate to a good cause as well. You can get some ideas about where to donate books here.
  • Write a letter with your child to a favourite author. You can send letters to authors via the publisher, whose address can usually be found on their website.
  • Make a book together! There are lots of great tutorials online, but here’s a good one to start with.
  • Discuss with your child what they like and don’t like about some of their books and write a book review together. Read some book reviews to get ideas.
  • Make a list of some books your child would like to read or topics he or she would like to read about before next year’s World Book Day!

This, my friends, is my kind of holiday. How will you and your kids be celebrating World Book Day?

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International Book Giving Day

Have you heard about International Book Giving Day?

This February 14, promote the love of reading worldwide through the simple act of giving a book. Leave a book at an ATM! Hand a book to the man with the off-putting odour on the bus! Place a stack of paperbacks in your local hospital’s waiting room! Give a book to the woman who works at your local liquor store counter! And especially, give a book to a child. If you’re a reader of this blog, chances are that the kids in your life don’t really need a new book. Your house may look a bit like ours, with board books and picture books crowded into every corner. So maybe you could find a different way to celebrate with your family. You could drop off some books at a local women’s and children’s shelter, at a prison literacy program, at your local library (check to see what each organization needs first!). You can donate books or money for books locally or internationally, for example through Books for Africa, Books4Cause, or Books for Soliders. Need some inspiration? Check out what other people are planning for IBGD!

Whom will you give a book to this Book Giving Day?