We are into books in our house. Well, I am into books. And trying very much to pass that love onto my boys. It’s not always easy. They are two very active kids and usually prefer carpet wrestling to sitting quietly and reading a book. But when they do, it truly is magic.
So it helps if we stack the home library with books they want to read! Exciting, entertaining and informative books that make the love of reading easier and hopefully lead to books holding a special place in their heart, as they do in mine.
But it’s true. Books are not exactly a wild time. And when you are 3 and 5, you like a wild time. So it helps if we can kick up our book game a notch every now and then, and what better day to do that then World Book Day with some fun World Book Day Ideas, craft Activities, (If crafting isn’t a wild and crazy time, well I don’t know what is.) things to do and of course…books.
What is World Book Day?
In Canada, our book day is called Canada Book Day and kicks off Canada Book Week. It is celebrated the same day as World Book Day and Copyright Day, April 23, the whole goal is to promote the reading of books!
The date was chosen because it is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as the birth or death of other prominent authors.
And while we have no idea who those guys are at this young age, we are all about this holiday anyways! Here are a few ways to celebrate along with us this World Book Day!
Fun stuff to do on World Book Day
It can be a challenge to get your kids excited about books, so I have put together a few ideas that you can try out this World Book Day. Maybe do one or so a day for the entire week to keep the fun going for the entirety of World Book Week.
Read an audiobook
There are loads of free audiobooks to be found online. If you search Amazon, (some you need to have an audible membership for, but you can get a 30-day free trial to check it out.) or visit SoundCloud, you can find books on most any topic, read aloud, by people with much more animated storytelling abilities then Mom. It can be fun for the whole family to select the book and sit down and listen together, or put it on while driving in the car to run errands rather than listening to music every once in a while! Your kids will love it and so will you!
We also have a free audiobook featured on ourlovelymess.com, each week we select a new book and listen to it together as a family, right now you can enjoy “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.” (Take a glance over to the right of the screen, and scroll down to the bottom to enjoy this audiobook.)
Check out your local library
Your local library is a no-brainer. But they usually have loads of activities happening throughout the year that you may not be aware of and they no doubt will do something special to celebrate World Book Day. The activities are usually free and it is a great place to connect with other moms with kids the same age as yours!
Donate old books
This is a great way to teach the value of giving back and something that my kids always get really excited about. We have a “Little Free Library” right down the street from us and we usually go around the house and round up any books we don’t read anymore, take a walk as a family down the street and pop them in. Easy peasy.
You can donate them to any charity of your choice. It is a great way to help cultivate kindness in your child, teach them the importance of giving back and help another family have an awesome book day.
We have our craft all lined up and ready to go. This World Book Day we will be creating our own bookmarks. Mostly our books don’t take too long to read, but sometimes, at bedtime, mom just can’t make it through an entire book, so we thought we’d take some inspiration from our friends at www.u-createcrafts.com and create our own monster bookmark. We’ll share with you our creations and if you are celebrating along with us, we’d love to see yours!
Find us on Facebook to see how we made out and share your bookmark crafts too!
Use your imagination
This is by far the idea that I am most excited about. My boys love to tell stories, usually, no one but the two of them understands them, and they almost always end with “and the big, giant monster ate everyone”. So to encourage their love of storytelling (and maybe give them a few new ideas) we are going to create story cubes.
We got this idea from Mas & Pas Parenting Village, and we are excited to share it with you. Download one of 5 cube templates to get the story juices flowing.
Your child starts by rolling all four-story cubes. They then use the four pictures that they see to build a story. They can tell any story they like and try to make the different characters and images flow together and make a cohesive story. (Or not, lol, whatever, just as long as they have fun and get creative.)
Every time your child rolls the cubes they will get different characters and objects to spark their imagination.
Telling stories comes so naturally to kids, and this makes sense, kids seem to just have a sixth sense for what they need. Something that we as adults seem to have lost somewhere along the way. Storytelling promotes brain development and imagination, can help with language and working through emotions and can even lead to a closer relationship between you and your kids. Often times I have heard something come out of my son’s mouth in a story that gave me insight into something going on in his life that he hadn’t shared with me yet and for some kids, it can be more enjoyable and more exciting than reading.
Do your kids love to tell stories? Let me know how your kids get on with this one! Was it a hit?
5 books we can’t wait to read on World Book Day
In this delightful rhyming book, we deal with a topic parents know all too well. Lack of sleep, It doesn’t matter how well your kid’s sleep, we all have our nights. And if your kids don’t sleep, then you definitely know what I’m talking about! Llama Llama and his mama tackle this familiar problem in this comforting and relatable book.
What would you do if your crayons up and quit on you? Well, that is exactly what happens in this imaginative and enjoyable book.
“Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.
What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?”
We are looking forward to finding out if Duncan got the colour back into his life.
We always like a good dino book. And this one is particularly cute. What is a dinosaur without his roar? Satisfy your need for a good story with “The Dinosaur who lost his roar.”
“Sid likes scaring his friends with his mighty roar, but when Sid loses his voice, will his friends wish he hadn’t?”
Because they are boys and the obsession with the biggest, fastest, tallest starts young.
This book answers questions like, What was the biggest dinosaur? What’s the fastest plane ever built? Where’s the tallest waterfall in the world? And so many other questions that your kid’s clever little brains wonder about. There are informative links to specially selected websites for videos, photos and virtual tours.
Tristan loves science and learning and is always shocking me with the things that he is into. This series from Usborne Books is absolutely great for inquiring minds. It takes a closer look inside on topics like countries, engineering, cities, math and many more.
This awesome book has over 90 flaps to learn about atoms, molecules, compounds and electrons, and chemical reactions and explore the Periodic Table and also has links to specially selected websites for activities and videos. Score!
What are your plans for World Book Day?
Books and reading are a great way to interact with your kids in a way that is enjoyable for everyone. (There is only so much pretend play one person can take) So check out some of our book recommendations and activities and have yourselves an informative, fun and family filled World Book Day!
Did we give you some good ideas for getting your book on? I hope so. What will you be doing to celebrate this lovely day? Be sure to share it with us.