Reading is a starting step of many things, which build a more solid stairs for you to climb up achieving something big out there.
The World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a day to widely celebrate books, authors, illustrators and most importantly reading. Every year, on the 2nd of March, the day is marked in over 100 countries with children of all ages appreciating books and reading through various forms.
Teachers and parents encourage children to explore the pleasure of reading by providing them the opportunity to read, appreciate the depth of knowledge that can be acquired from reading and the joy it comes with. Children also dress up as their favourite characters from books they have read and play games linked to their favourite stories. The children are also asked to identify the characters whose costumes other children are wearing and the title of the book with the character.
Through reading, one is exposed to a wide array of words and this helps in building vocabulary, improves understanding and communication; the more you read, the better you understand. It also increases general knowledge and helps children understand other cultures without physically being there because reading exposes us to new things, new ways of doing things, new information and new ways to achieve goals. Even though other things are important in the upbringing of a child, reading is paramount and is more likely to determine how a child excels in school as compared to the social or economic background the person is exposed to.
Take advantage of World Book Day and buy a book for yourself and one for a friend. Read a book or read to a child. Try to recall books you have read before, the author and illustrator if there were any or dress as your favourite book character. Let’s see if the people around you will be able to identify the Peter Pan, Red Riding Hood, Denise the Menace, Alice in Wonderland ,Harry Potter outfits or any of the others.
Happy Reading and have fun playing Dress Up.