Happy World Book Day everyone!
How are you celebrating today?
I’m at work today so no special events for me. However Toddler Girl has headed off to nursery as one of her favourite characters today. Can you guess what she may have gone as????
Yes, you guessed it! Cinderella!
Last night however I asked her to pick one of her favourite books (princess stories excluded!) to read and for me to feature in my World Book Day post, and the book she chose was….
Room on the Broom written by one of our favourite authors, Julia Donaldson and illustrated by one of our favourite illustrators, Axel Scheffler.
Room on the Broom is a fabulous rhyming tale in which, a clumsy witch on her broom comes across a few friends on her travels and makes space for them to hop on board her broom to join her. However one jump too much from a frog and the broom snaps in two sending the with and her passengers tumbling to the ground. The witch encounters a fire breathing dragon, who is just about to enjoy her for lunch, when a creature rises from the muddy bog and scares him away. Who is this creature who yowls and howls? Why it’s none other than her friends she has picked up along the way, covered in mud. With the broom snapped in two the witch asks each of them to bring her something to add to her spell and with an Iggety, Ziggety, Zaggety, Zoom creates an amazing new broom with more than enough room for them all to travel in style. There’s even a shower for the frog. With the dragon frightened off and the new super broom created the friends head off on their journey together in style.
My daughter loves this book and we have great fun reading it together, she knows the key parts and joins in the words. I love the way lots of Julia’s books rhyme as it makes the stories even more memorable, even for little minds. I can hugely recommend her work! Other books we like from her include The Smartest Giant in Town, Stick Man, The Gruffalo and The Singing Mermaid.
As regular readers to my blog will know I am a huge supporter of regularly reading to young children and can’t stress the importance of this enough. The World Book Day page has a huge amount of resources for all ages including book recommendations, author and illustrator features and The Biggest Book Show on Earth, a pre-recorded online show featuring a variety of World Book Day authors and illustrators. I also love that there’s a Big Little Book Corner in association with Ladybird books for younger children too and I will certainly be trying out some of the songs, stories and downloadable activities they have available for Baby Girl.
If you haven’t already started reading with your little one it’s never too late and the time spent doing so can have such an invaluable impact on them, both in language development, but also in developing creative and imaginative skills, as well as reading skills. Make today, World Book Day, the start of something great for your little one. Every child in full-time education in the UK and Ireland is given a World Book day book token so they can visit a bookshop and choose a book for themselves, so take the opportunity to head along to your local book store with your little ones this weekend to get started and pick something special together.
Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. No payment was received. This has been written off my own back as a result or my passion for reading to young children