The world celebrated World Book Day on Saturday the 23rd of April. World Book Day is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). This year is the 26th edition of World Book Day.
UNESCO shares our belief that books have long embodied the human capacity to conjure up worlds, both real and imagined, giving voice to the diversity of human experience. They help us share ideas, obtain information, and inspire admiration for different cultures, enabling far-reaching forms of dialogue between people across space and time.
"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;
they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and
the most patient of teachers." - Charles William Eliot
At the Otto Foundation, our libraries are cornerstones and books are foundational to the work that we do, to create reading communities at our schools and to encourage children to read for joy.
In celebration of World Book Day, we have included two downloadable interactive worksheets from our Reading Journal (a journal for your literary adventures). Each chapter of the journal begins with a poem, setting the theme and tone, followed by theme-appropriate activities. In step with the theme of World Book Day, let's read the Book Boat poem:
The Book Boat
Generally speaking, books can't float.
Imagine going places in a book boat!
When your brain's neocortex and thalamus combine
you can have a grand old time.
Sailing anywhere your heart desires.
Your ticket for the book boat never expires.
The book themed activities do not have predefined ‘correct’ responses, which means that children
can plot their own reading journeys - based on their reading choices and what interests
them as readers.
Asking friends for their book recommendations:
Create your own book cover: