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Celebrating World Book Day

Hooray, it’s World Book Day! I love the fact that children all over the country are celebrating their favourite books today. As regular readers of this blog will know, I think it’s so important to encourage kids to enjoy reading from an early age. We decided to get in the spirit of things by making our own Baby Bookworm a little outfit … So I’m very proud to present Little Miss as Little Miss Sunshine! Thanks to Book Aid International for their fantastic and easy step-by-step guide to making the costume and to hubby for being such a big help making it last night – who needs date night?!

Little Miss on World Book Day 2014

Our Little Miss Sunshine

If you’re also getting involved in World Book Day then I hope you’re having fun! And if you’re raising money for Book Aid International I hope it’s going really well. This special charity sends more than 500,000 books a year to communities in Africa where reading cannot be taken for granted. More than half of these are for children. You can read more about their work in my previous post or if, like us, you’d like to make a donation to mark World Book Day please click hereFor every £2 donated they can send a new book to one of the poorest communities in the world.

And I had to make this our Magic Moment for the week as I just love the picture!

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300 Picture Books Challenge #8

We had a quick library visit on Saturday so have had a nice new crop of books to read this week. To be honest, it was more of a dash and grab before our parking ran out so I was pleasantly surprised to still bring home a decent selection!

300 Picture Books Challenge week 8The stand-out favourites have been Roar!, great for going on an armchair safari and learning all the animals’ names, Mr Davies and the Baby, the new bedtime book of choice about a little dog, and Huff & Puff, a simple modern take on the classic Three Little Pigs fairy tale. This last book is proving very practical as well – it encourages young readers to try and blow each house down, which is useful for us as we’re currently trying to teach Little Miss how to blow properly so she can do the candles on her birthday cake next month!

So with eight new books now added to the list, our number of different books read so far this year is now 121.

World Book Day logoThis week also saw Little Miss bring home her World Book Day £1 book token from nursery, so there will definitely be something new in the house for next week. At the moment I can’t decide which title to get. The two-year-old’s options are Hello, Hugless Douglas! (and we love that cuddly bear!) or Emily Gravett’s Little Book Day Parade. We’ll have to have a flick through to see which we like best.

Mr Men dress upTalking about World Book Day, if you missed last week’s post on supporting Book Aid International please do have a read. This special charity will be trying to raise as much as possible on World Book Day so that they can send more books to children in Africa who really need them. There are lots of fun ways you can get involved, including some fantastic fancy dress ideas, so please do take a look – we’re hoping to make the Little Miss Sunshine outfit!

You can follow our daily reading progress on Pinterest and I’d love to hear any recommendations.

Find out more and join in with the 300 Picture Book Challenge over on the Child Led Chaos blog.

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300 Picture Book Challenge #7

We’ve spent much of this week re-reading last week’s new books, so only five fresh titles to report on. By far the favourite has been the classic fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a story I also loved as a child. Little Miss especially likes it when we do funny voices for Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear – although since I’ve now caught her latest cough, this is proving increasingly difficult!

Out of interest, I just decided to Google the origins of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and apparently the first printed versions of it date all the way back to the 1830s and spoken folklore versions even further than that. In the earliest incarnations the ‘intruder’ character of Goldilocks was actually an old women with a completely different name! The story evolved over the years until by 1904 the nosy little girl was named Goldilocks and had settled into the version we still know and love today.
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For it’s beautiful and bold illustrations, with shiny silver bits and sparkle, Sometimes by Emma Dodd was also a highlight for me this week – and Little Miss was keen too, although I suspect  the elephants were the deciding factor for her. The author and illustrator grew up in a family of artists and studied at famous London art college Central Saint Martin’s. You can tell, the book is pretty much a work of art.

So that’s us for this week. Our running total is now 113. But before you go, if you missed my post on supporting Book Aid International this forthcoming World Book Day please do have a read. This special charity sends more than 500,000 books a year to communities in Africa where reading cannot be taken for granted. More than half of these are for children. There are lots of fun ways you can support them, so please do take a look.

You can follow our daily reading progress on Pinterest and I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading this week.

Find out more and join in with the 300 Picture Book Challenge over on the Child Led Chaos blog.

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Help change children’s lives on World Book Day

Support Book Aid International on World Book DayRegular readers of this blog will know I’m passionate about reading and especially about reading with my daughter. We’re fortunate to have a ready supply of books – either by being able to buy them, regularly receiving them as gifts or borrowing them from our well-stocked local library. We rarely think too hard about where our next one is coming from! But there are some places in the world where books are much more of a luxury, where they cannot be taken for granted as they are here. That’s where UK-based charity Book Aid International comes in. Thursday 6 March is World Book Day and the charity needs us to help while joining in with the celebrations.

I can’t imagine a life without books. I’ve learnt so many things through them and have so many happy memories attached to them. I can still recall the bedtime stories my parents read, fairy tales like The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Gingerbread Man and later Enid Blyton’s Wishing Chair and Faraway Tree series. As I see that same love and interest emerge in my Little Miss, I want all children to be able to enjoy the simple pleasures and longer-term learning benefits of books.

For millions of people in Africa their only access to books is through a library – and these libraries take many different forms. Book Aid International sends more than 500,000 new books a year to sub-Saharan Africa. Many of these countries are blighted by poverty, civil war, HIV/AIDS, inconsistent educational provision and other problems. They include places like Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Malawi. Over half the books provided are for children and many reach those who have no access to any formal education, like street children.

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As well as books, the charity also provides training for local librarians and grants to buy locally published books and for library refurbishments. They help create Children’s Corners in public libraries and run schemes like School Library in a Box for those who don’t have the resources for a permanent building, especially in more isolated communities. They also support Health Hubs, where people can get access to up-to-date medical books – these are often the only local source of current health information for healthcare workers in these countries.

I think this is amazing work to be involved with, so whether your a parent, teacher (I know some of you are!) or just a book lover, Mr Men dress upplease take a look at the fundraising ideas and resources the charity has put together to mark World Book Day and help spread the word. There are lots of ideas, including an A to Z of fundraising, 10 easy step-by-step parents’ guides to dressing up costumes – all made with things you can probably find at home – and the chance for schools to win National Book Tokens. For a younger child like mine I think the Little Miss Sunshine outfit will be perfect – she is already, of course, my very own Little Miss Sunshine!

Just £2 is enough to send a book to Africa and help change lives. Last year’s World Book Day fundraising brought in enough cash to send almost 40,000 books to children who needed them most. I’m sure even more can be raised this year, so please join in and have fun.

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