My earliest memories as a child are those spent with Eric Carle, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Ezra Jack Keats, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. These authors shaped my perceptions of books, reading, and life in general.
As a mother and teacher, I have tried to instill a love of reading in my children and my students.
What I have realized is that all children approach reading and books differently.
Some children have a “fish to water” approach and are naturally inclined to enjoy books. Other children would rather pick one favorite book and stick with that (my youngest child!).
No matter the child, however, we can always make books approachable, meaningful, and fun.
Book Day History
International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is April 2 each year in celebration of Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. The International Board on Books for Young People is a non-profit organization that founded ICBC in 1967. The goal is for teachers, parents, and students to celebrate books and participate in reading events. Each year includes a featured author and theme.
A renowned illustrator creates a poster for the theme. This year’s theme is “A Hunger for Words” and the host country is Slovenia. The featured author is Peter Svetina and the illustrator is Damijan Stepancic. Sometimes featured authors and illustrators come speak to children. Writing competitions and book awards are included, as well.
Celebrating International Children’s Book Day is easy!
Normally, libraries and classrooms set a special time aside for parents to come celebrate ICBD with their children. Although this year is different for obvious reasons, parents can still easily celebrate at home!
Reading a child’s favorite book or the parent’s favorite childhood book is one way to participate. As a teacher, I am going to read my favorite story to my students in a Zoom meeting.
Reading opens many doors for children’s imaginations and learning. Most importantly, reading with a child sends the message that you care about him/her and that reading is worthwhile!
Making the most of your time reading books with your child can be easy thanks to these tips from Reading Rockets:
- First, read as much as your schedule will allow, even if it is not every day.
- Do not be surprised if your child wants to read the same book many times!
- Try to talk/ask questions about the story as you are reading together.
- Remember to point out parts of a book (words vs. pictures, cover, author, illustrator).
- Be joyful about reading!
Although International Children’s Book Day is a day to celebrate books, we can celebrate reading every day!