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.
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.
Big Fashionista X X X