Childrens Corner

Tips for exploring the pleasure of reading

World Book Day is today, March 2, and you’ll no doubt be celebrating your favourite books, authors and illustrators in school.

World Book Day is the biggest celebration of its kind, observed in 100 countries all around the world. Now it’s in its 20th year and it seems more important than ever to celebrate reading, as smart devices become more and more popular, replacing books in many ways.

So, to mark World Book Day’s 20th birthday, come up with a list of 20 books you’re going to read, and 20 books you’re going to recommend to 20 people. This can be anyone from a family member to a friend or neighbour.

It sound challenging but you can break it down by reading one book per week, or one per fortnight. When you’ve finished your list, add more books to it and keep reading.

For every book you read, write a review of the story in a book journal. Take a plain notebook and decorate it with drawings of your favourite characters from your favourite books. In the top corner of each page, write one of your favourite quotes with the character’s name underneath it.

Perhaps reading is one of your favourite pastimes. If so then you will have fun keeping a book journal and trying to cram as many reviews into it as you can. And if you’re not too keen on reading, and find your attention diverting away from a story then write down why in your book journal. By doing this you’ll find what kind of stories you do like and that will lead you to the books that will keep you fully engrossed.

Maybe you prefer watching films to reading, but one of the best things about reading is that the experience is so much more personal than watching a film. In films, the characters are brought to life for you by the actors, the costume designers etc. But when reading, it’s just you and the author; their words and your imagination bringing the characters to life.

And if you’re wondering why you should read so much now, it’s because you will have less time to when you’re older. So make the most of World Book Day and use it as an occasion to kick-start your pledge to read more books.