World Book Day 2020 is aiming to reach more people than ever this year. It's not just about dressing up for the day and thinking about our favourite books but the charity is aiming to get us all reading to our children more, for 10 minutes, every day.
This is the Share a Million Stories campaign and we all need to get involved.
Step One: We all need to get registered - and registration opened on Monday so start by clicking here where we can find everything we need to know including guidelines, FAQs, story-sharing tips and information on what counts as a story share.
Step Two: Find a child and a book and read every day, a chapter, a picture book, a comic, even an article from a newspaper.
Step Three: Let World Book Day know so that you can take part in this global share-a-thon (if that is a thing) and we can all celebrate the power of books and stories ready for World Book Day on March 5th.
AND there are prizes to be won! Lots of lovely bookish prizes worth masses of money!
Words from some authors supporting World Book Day:
Matt Haig, author of Evie in the Jungle, said: ‘Books and stories are fundamentally important for kids. They are drawn to them. The challenge is not to put them off reading as time goes by. If kids are given the impression that books are a duller, more earnestly worthy entertainment than video games and movies they will inevitably move away from them. Reading is not important because it helps you get good grades or a good job. Reading is important because it gives you room to exist beyond the reality you’re given. Reading is a joy. It is time-travel and adventure and a mind-altering substance. Reading for the sheer unadulterated pleasure of it has to always be the aim.’
Emily Gravett, illustrator of Evie in the Jungle, said: ‘If there’s only one thing that we can give our children, I would choose the gift of a love of books and reading. Books are as wide ranging and diverse as the humans that read them, they take us outside of our own lives, and let us see the world through a different lens. When we can see the world from someone else’s perspective, we can begin to understand our place in it. Also (and not to be underestimated) they can be extremely entertaining!’
Greg James and Chris Smith, authors of Kid Normal and the Loudest Library, said: ‘We firmly believe that holding a book and reading it is one of the best things that you can do with both your hands and your brain. Better even than holding a piece of cheese and thinking about eating it. World Book Day gets more books into the hands and brains of more kids - and for that reason alone it’s incredible. Better even than the upcoming World Cheese Day.’