It’s international children’s book day today!
We’ve all got one, that treasured book that’s been read and re-read. Even the most reluctant of readers have something; a poem, comic or joke book that’s been treasured for years, with worn pages from countless turning!
Books allow escapism, a discovery of new worlds, new friends and new adventures. Good books stand the test of time, with the likes of the Very Hungary Caterpillar and the Tiger who came to tea amusing generations of children but still feeling brand new! As previous generations listened to Burglar Bill, new generations can tell you exactly what a Gruffalo looks like!
International Children’s book day was founded in 1967, the day is observed on what is said to be the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, April 2. A perfect day for sharing a book with the kids. We’ve got some ideas on how to make International Children’s Book Day feel special.
1. Get everyone to share a story.
As many of us will be staying safe at home, it might be there are more adults around than usual, so why not all cosy up and read, read, read!
2. Create a special story area
This doesn’t have to be extravagant, a pile of cushions and a bed sheet thrown over a table and you’ve got a reading den, kids will love reading in it!
3. Talk about books with your children
Have a chat with your children about the books they are reading, ask them about their favourite books, tell them what yours were at their age. Maybe you’ve kept your childhood favourites? What better day to pass them down?
4. Immerse yourself in a story
Is there a book with a film you can enjoy? How about reading part of or a whole story, then watching a film/TV version of the story. For example, take Charlie and the chocolate Factory. Read from the book, watch the film and snack on chocolate! What’s not to love about that?
Although things are a little different now, and libraries are currently closed, when they reopen, they really are fantastic for getting good books for free! Valley House Nursery can lend library books, a really easy and convenient way to get new books!
Let’s not forget the adults too! In the Valley House reception (when it re-opens), you’ll find a selection of books to take and read! From romance to recipe books, we’ve got a great selection which staff are always adding to.
If you want to find out more about the Valley House Nursery, visit their website here.