We celebrated World Book Day with a fantastic week of book characters and fun activities culminating in a Character Dress Up Day. The annual celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading is one of my favourite days of the year. Children and staff across the whole school dressed up as their favourite fictional characters. We were visited by Matilda, Where’s Wally, The Cat in the Hat, Mary Poppins and a whole load of marvellous fictional characters.
As a parent you may be wondering what are the benefits to World Book Day and why does the school want my child to dress up? The benefits are massive!
Launched in 1995, World Book Day allows children and staff to celebrate and explore the pleasures of books and research shows it seems to be having an impact. A survey conducted by the National Literacy Trust of more than 9,000 children age between eight and 11 found that almost 60% of children were inspired to read more by the celebration of books and reading.
This increase in children inspired to read is very important as research shows that only a quarter (26%) of children now read daily, compared with 43% in 2015. Anything that can encourage children to read and develop a love for books is a great thing.
Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact, there’s evidence to suggest that reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school or not!
The research shows the importance of reading and anything we can do as a school community to promote and develop a love of reading is incredibly important. Books take children to amazing places where their imaginations can run wild!