Today is world book day. An absolute reason to celebrate the very joy of reading. Reading is the favoured hobby of many a person on a budget becuase of wonderful libraries, friends who share, second hand shops that sell books for pennies and car boot sales and jumble sales that do too. Hours of pleasure for little cost.
World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading.
To celebrate World Book Day my children have gifted their classes a special book. My son is 7 and he gifted his class the wonderful book 100 people who made history
100 people who made history is published by DK (www.DK.com) and is a bumper A4 sized hardback. It retails at £12.99, an absolute bargain in my opinion for such an inspirational book. I am an absolutely firm beliver in giving children real heroes to read about and my kids, aged 4 and 7, know all about the suffragettes and Martin Luther King. But oh this book is amazing, it is packed with heroes. It is a real celebration of the people who ‘made their mark and changed the way we live.’
Children can be put off histiory because of long rambling texts with big words, but not in this book. This book does history the way it should be presented to a child. It has big bold pictures, maps, characters bought to life, bullet points and simple summings up. A page is given to each hero and they are grouped accordingly. There are daring discoverers, inspirational inventors, thoughtful thinkers, leading leaders and clued up creatives. How fabulous. Who inpsires your child the most?
For me it’s a big hats off to Tim Berners Lee without whom I wouldn’t be able to share this fabulous book with you !
My daughter gifted to her reception class who are building a little garden this fabulous book. RHS grow your own for kids .This is a lovely hardback book by Chris Collins (the Blue Peter gardener) and Lia Leendertzm.
It contains 30 easy to do projects that guide you everystep of the way through learning how ro be a gardener. It is for 5-11 year olds apparently but it taught me a thing or two!
It’s aim is to show little kids how easy it is to grow thier own fruit and veg. At a time when food waste is plentiful and we are all trying to reduce both what we spend and our carbon foortprint this has to be a good thing. Homegrown also means fresher food with less chemicals. Fresh air and exercise equates to happy, healthy kids. Growing your own for kids can only be a good thng.
It has little bits of science in it, lots of tips and loads of really enticing photos. Definately written for children to understand and follow this is one ofthe most accessible garden books I have come across. We are going to have a go at ‘grow the best corn you can’ ‘growing perfect potatoes”’how to make free pots for your plants’ and a ‘bird feeder buffet’ alll simple fun and effective projects. Blue Peter and the RHS combined make fun and practical gardening for kids.
Grow your own for kids costs £12.99 though is currently on offer £8 at Amazon inc. postage.
Sharing books is a lovely thing to do. Do you have a book you could share or gift today?
Someone who has LOADS of books is Zoe Toft writer of the amazng blog Playing by the book, she has teamed up with the brilliant author and illustrator Katie Cleminson to raise funds for Book Aid International.Book Aid International increases access to books and supports literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan Africa. You can donate to Book Aid International via her Just Giving page:http://www.justgiving.com/Zoe-Toft.
To help Zoe reachher fundraising target Katie Cleminson, one of Booktrust’s Best New Illustrators 2011, and the creator of Box of Tricks, Wake Up!, and Otto the Book Bear, has donated this original, signed illustration:
This wonderful illustration (inspired by the traditional fundraising game, Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar, with Otto the Book Bear looking on lovingly) is approximately 12cm x 15cm and is drawn in ink, watercolour, and charcoal. It was drawn with a pipette, and a fine nib.
It could be yours!
How? Simple! Make a donation to Book Aid, via Zoe’s Just Giving page, and then go back to Playing by the book and guess the number of books in Zoe’s house today (March 1st 2012). The person with the number nearest to the correct answer wins Katie’s amazing illustration.The comp is open till march 15th and you can enter here.
As a guideline it costs£2, on average, for Book Aid International to get a book into the hands of a reader. Do take a look at this moving video, if you need any encouragement at all to donate to Zoe’s Just Giving page. :
Have fun today, perhaps you could read a book to your child or to yourself, perhaps borrow a book, share a book, give a book and perhaps even enter Zoe’s competition and give a £2 donation to help others read..