Thursday 3rd March 2022 is World Book Day, an annual event organised by UNESCO, to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, reading itself. The first World Book Day was celebrated in the UK in 1997 and this year, the event will be celebrating it’s 25th anniversary.
To mark the anniversary, World Book Day organisers have published ‘25 Ways to Celebrate World Book Day‘. These include reading to children regularly and making reading as fun as possible. For example, you could create a reading routine with your child, or you could try an audio book. We will also be celebrating World Book Day at Tops: our nurseries have invited the children to bring in a copy of their favourite book, or a treasure that represents their favourite book. They are also invited to dress up as their favourite book character, such as Matilda, Goldilocks, a pirate or a princess!
Here at Tops, we actively encourage children to read as much as possible, both at home and at nursery. Reading is not only incredibly important for child development, but also improves mental health. Research has also shown that children can learn up to 12,000 new words per year just by reading books. To find out more about why reading is so important, check out our recent blog here.
Keep an eye out on our social media to see what we get up to on World Book Day!