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Limits bounded by imagination alone

On Thursday 2nd March, World Book Day turns 20! That’s 20 years of celebrating children’s books and the joy that reading can bring.

To mark this special anniversary, we’ve teamed up with 20 top children’s authors, illustrators, publishers and journalists to bring you 20 reasons to celebrate children’s books. Over the course of the next month, they’ll be sharing their views on why children’s books are so special. We’ll post a new piece every weekday between now and World Book Day so be sure to check back regularly for the next instalment!

To kick us off, we are delighted to welcome former Children’s Laureate and bestselling author of Noughts & Crosses, Malorie Blackman. Here, she shares what it is that makes children’s books quite so brilliant – and why they should be celebrated:

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Children’s books entertain, illuminate, excite and educate but perhaps most importantly they stimulate our children’s imaginations.

 

Children’s books are a space and a place where each reader sets their own parameters, yet simultaneously reading nurtures and encourages the imaginations of our children to grow and flourish. Children books demonstrate that limits could and should be bounded by the imagination alone.

 

Malorie Blackman has written over sixty books and is acknowledged as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children’s books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature. Malorie Blackman was the Children’s Laureate 2013–15. Visit www.malorieblackman.co.uk for more information.

 

World Book Day is an annual celebration of authors. illustrators, books and reading. Every year on World Book Day, thousands of school children dress up as their favourite children’s book characters to raise money for us, so we can send more brand new books to libraries and schools in Africa. Last year they raised over £120,000 – enough to send 60,000 books to communities where children would otherwise have extremely limited opportunities to read! Learn more about World Book Day here.

Visit our World Book Day resources page for fundraising ideas, classroom resources and costume guides. Fundraise for Book Aid International this World Book Day and share the joy of reading with children in communities where books are scarce.

 

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It’s just one month to World Book Day!

In exactly one month’s time, on 2nd March, children and adults up and down the country will be celebrating World Book Day by fundraising for Book Aid International.

World Book Day is the UK’s annual celebration of children’s authors, illustrators, books and reading and we here at Book Aid International will be joining the celebrations!

 

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20 reasons to celebrate children’s books

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of World Book Day! To help us celebrate this extra-special occasion, 20 top children’s authors, publishers and journalists will be blogging for us about why we should celebrate children’s books.

Keep an eye on our blog for posts from Michael Morpurgo, Malorie Blackman, David Almond, Cressida Cowell and many more! We’ll be posting every week day between now and 2nd March so why not check in each day with your child or class?

 

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Resources to make your World Book Day go with a bang!

Every year on World Book Day, thousands of school children dress up as their favourite children’s book characters to raise money for us, so we can send more brand new books to libraries and schools in Africa. Last year they raised over £120,000 – enough to send 60,000 books to communities where children would otherwise have extremely limited opportunities to read.

We hope that schools will join us on 2nd March in making 2017 the best World Book Day yet for readers across Africa and in the UK .

We have a whole host of brilliant resources for parents and teachers to make your World Book Day activities as fun –and easy – as possible:

Dress up guides

We’ve 28 costume guides available including 10 new ones for 2017. Characters include Harry Potter, Katniss Everdene and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

This year’s costumes include many options which can be assembled for free in just a few minutes, using items you already have at home. Nine of the costumes this year also feature step-by-step videos and all of the costumes are no-sew, so 2017 will be the easiest year yet for parents to take part in World Book Day.

20 fab fundraising ideas

For this, the 20th year of World Book Day, we’ve come up with 20 fun ways you can fundraise for us. From a book swap to a digital detox or silly sports day, there are lots of great ideas to get you started.

 

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Classroom resources

We’ve also heaps of free downloadable maps, masks, games and presentations to bring our work to life and Africa into your classroom. Our films are also a great way for pupils to meet just a few of the people whose lives have been changed for the better by books.

We hope that you’ll be celebrating World Book Day too! If we can support your celebrations in any way, please contact worldbookday@bookaid.org. We’d also love to share your stories and photos on social media, so please do get in touch.

For our full World Book Day resources, take a look at the links below.