Thursday, 3 March 2016

World Book Day, Stop Taking It So Literary



Ok, so today is World Book Day. Schools across the country are encouraging children to come to school dressed up as their favourite book character.

FANTASTIC. 

I love books, I love reading, I grew up with my nose ALWAYS in a book and I immersed myself in the world of fiction from a very young age.

But some children don't. Some children will read but never find a love for books, we do now live in an electronic world, some children watch films, some children watch YouTubers, today is a FANTASTIC opportunity to perhaps encourage children to find a book they love. To look around and see their peers discussing books that they have enjoyed, maybe a child dressed up as a character from How To Train Your Dragon will be the spark a small child needs to pick up THAT book.

What children DO NOT NEED, are sneering adults on social media talking about how Where's Wally isn't a REAL book and discussing how SO MANY CHILDREN ARE DRESSED AS FILM CHARACTERS. 

Back off. In fact, GO AWAY. Immerse yourself in a book that you enjoy and let children find a way to be inspired by people around them that laugh about the book they have clutched to their chest in the playground, the children that say how the Goosebumps book they are reading gave them nightmares for weeks. 

Can't we, just this once, let our children learn from OTHER children and help them to find new books to read, new experiences to enjoy from POSITIVE things?

Stop sneering at children dressed as Minions, these could be the next generation of authors who were inspired by the little yellow demons to create their own book characters. 


It's World Book Day, chill out, go read a book or something and let kids lead this one. Just this once.



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5 comments

  1. Absolutely! People tend to forget that many film characters were originally in books, or that a lot of children's films have also been released as books (Frozen, Home and Inside Out are great example of this). And yes, comics count as books... 😉

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  2. It's not even about World Book Day when the grown ups take to Facebook to whinge, it's about bitchy parents thinking their crotchfruit (you made that happen) and their beautifully bespoke costume is one better than what another parent picked up last minute in a supermarket. This isn't a problem with the kids and their costumes, this is a problem with playground one-upmanship and parents with too much time on their hands. Let the kids dress up as their favourite character and let them go to school and play make believe and be creative, that's what it's about isn't it?

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  3. PREACH!

    I love reading and so does my son but I don't have the time, ability or money to make or buy a new costume every year. And honestly, does it really matter if they go as Elsa or Matilda as long as they are interacting, learning and having fun. As the previous commentor said, it's definitely more about parenting one-upmanship which is such a shame. x

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  4. Very well said...
    Some people have nothing better to do with their time than moan about the small things. I'd like to know how Where's Wally isn't a real book though? lol It is a book. It has pages. My girl has gone dressed as Where's Wally today...Hmmf!

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  5. OH MY DAYS! HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS? I THOUGHT THE DRESSED UP KIDS I SAW ON THE SCHOOL RUN THIS MORNING WERE GOING TO A PARTY ON THE OTHER SITE, OR THEY WERE DOING SOME SORT OF PLAY!
    World Book Day seems to have missed this part of Barnsley...

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