Today is World Book Day! For those who don’t know, World Book Day is run as a charity by the UK book industry to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. I am behind World Book Day 100%! I can’t imagine not having books to read. That’s why I am STILL procrastinating over purchasing an e-reader. I mean, World E-reader Day doesn’t really have the same ring to it, does it?
In saying that, I have threatened to buy one for a good while now. I’ve checked them out in shops, googled them up on the net, talked to my friends about getting one, decided on the one I think I want …in fact I have done everything but bought one! It’s just so hard for me to embrace this technological age and turn my back on books.
Yummy scrummy delicious books! The feel of them, the smell of them, the memories of my all time favorite reads and the delicious indulgence of snuggling up to a brand new book. I know—I need to get over myself—but I think this is why I haven’t purchased my e-reader. It would handy for travelling but other than that I think I’ll still be purchasing books!
Who doesn’t enjoy a good book? Be it a childhood classic or something more obscure, reading is one of life’s great pleasures. World Book Day is a day of bookish festivities in classrooms, libraries and book shops where children everywhere get to explore and share their love of reading but there is no better way for them to share it than with the adults in their lives the whole year round.
If you have lost interest in reading perhaps World Book Day is a good day to get back to it and if you find reading difficult you can always pick a topic or something you want to know about and just build up the pleasure of reading from there. When I was teaching adult literacy at a time I always encouraged students to read anything and everything—car magazines, newspapers, leaflets, the back of the cereal box—just something that would hold their interest for a short while so to build up the pleasure of reading.
I can’t imagine not being able to read. I can’t sit still without reading something…anything. I have been a kleptomania forever, picking up all sorts of reading material wherever I go. My handbag could be compared to a waste paper basket and one question I hate being asked is what is your favourite book?
I always emmm and ahhhh. The simple answer is that I just don’t have one favourite. I have hundreds! It’s impossible to nominate just one book as my all-time favourite, because different books feel essential to different states of mind or different times of life but this Saturday I am going to take my daughter to meet the brilliant Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo. Written in a lovely sing songy rhyme, this book has been a long time favourite with the children in our house—I actually didn’t mind reading it seven nights in a row for many months on end! And on World Book Day I will spend reading and writing time with a lot of hungry book worms and young creative writers in Scoil Iosagain Buncrana. It’s sure to be another great World Book Day…full of books and stories and young talent and not an e-reader in sight…just yet!