In a digitalized world that is so dominated by electronic devices, the 3rd March marks the 25th anniversary of World Book Day, and in many ways, it’s never felt more important. Created as a worldwide celebration of books, World Book Day is celebrated in over 100 countries around the globe with the sole focus of encouraging young people to discover the pleasure of reading; and supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to have better access to their own books. According to the World Book Day home page ‘reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success’. Amongst a long list of benefits, a lifelong habit of reading can support:
So, with the highly significant benefits of reading listed above, it is easy to feel that reading is an activity which adults and young people alike should do more. But in an age of chronic distraction, how can parents and teachers help young learners foster those reading habits from an early age?
Our creative writing tutors at SBC often recall the number of engaged and dedicated readers they meet on our courses, and it is without question a testament to a concerted effort made by parents and teachers to make reading as an integral part of their children’s lives, just like brushing their teeth or having an apple a day. Chris recalls ‘To this very day, my Amazon wish list still contains titles recommended by our students from over the years!’
As an education services provider we truly believe that anyone can grow to cherish the lifelong gift of reading. Explore the free digital events and activities available through World Book Day and get involved!
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