World Book Day 2014 - It’s 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, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. This is the 17th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 6th March 2014 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The 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.
The Library has been celebrating books, reading and authors all this week and continues today with the Paired Reading at lunchtime. There is a “Design a bookmark” competition and a “Read around the world quiz”. Our Reading Activists (Book Club and SRC Volunteers) will be distributing book tokens and WBDay books to S1 Pupils during period 5 today.
Reading for pleasure is a hot topic on the literacy agenda, as it not only creates a love of reading in young people, but makes a hugecontribution to their educational attainment – the Institute of Education’s 2013 study into the role of reading found that:
· Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers.
· Children who are read to regularly at the age of 5 perform better in tests.
· Reading for pleasure has the strongest effect on children’s vocabulary development, but the impact on spelling and maths is also significant.
· Children who read for pleasure make more progress in maths, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read.
As the author Neil Gaiman says “reading for pleasure is one of the most important things one can do.” Gaiman won the Carnegie book award for his title The Graveyard Book in 2010 and continues with his passion for writing and inspiring young people.