Today is the annual celebration of World Book Day.
What is World Book Day?
In 1995, Unesco launched World Book Day and Copyright Day, which are observed in more than 100 countries on different dates. World Book Day is basically a ”fun day” for children to celebrate books and appreciate reading.
Children in the UK go to school dressed as their favourite fictional characters and heroes. In South Africa, campaigns are run with the aim of distributing books (in different languages) to children across the country.
This year, The National Library of South Africa (NLSA) celebrated with a door-to-door reading campaign. Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, is giving away books to the value of R250 000.
Why Should We Celebrate World Book Day?
To promote children’s literacy and reading culture. And it is the one day when authors are celebrated and appreciated for their creativity. That’s it really!
How Can You Get Involved?
- You can join hands with Nal’ibali, Exclusive Books, and SABA by purchasing selected children’s books from selected stores and placing them inside the Nal’ibali donation bins.
- Become a supporter, volunteer, or sponsor of initiatives like Read to Rise. Read to Rise is a non-profit organization committed to promoting youth literacy in schools in SA. It was founded by husband and wife team Athol Williams and Taryn Lock conducting classroom programs and school visits in Mitchells Plain and Soweto.
- Organise a fundraising event. Why not? Get in touch with oganisations like Help2Read. They will give you tips on how to start a fundraising campaign.
- Buy Books in bulk and donate them to schools and literacy campaigns.
- An easy one could be joining a campaign on social media. Use these tags #BUYABOOK, #READ_A_BOOK to promote books or simply start a conversation.
Give us a shout if you want more information on how to get involved or perhaps to share some ideas. Better yet, buy your books online and donate them.
Before You Go
Here are some storybooks you could purchase.
1. Oaky and The Sun by Athol Williams and Illustrated by Taryn Lock
Oaky and the Sun is an inspiring story about an acorn who is searching for the right direction to grow – it’s about finding your true purpose.
2. Vivi and Oye and the Special Calf by Hallo Angala and Illustrated by Sara Nakalila
Daisy is a black and white calf who talks to Vivi and Oye about the effects of littering on farm animals. Also the importance of maintaining a clean environment.