Do Something Booky to Celebrate World Book Day 20! Celebrate Stories. Love Reading.

Welsh Books Council

Do Something Booky to Celebrate World Book Day 20! Celebrate Stories. Love Reading. - 24 February 2017

Research indicates that reading for pleasure and enjoyment has more of an impact on children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status (OECD, 2002), so it has never been more important to encourage the joy and celebration of books and reading. World Book Day’s message is clear – Celebrate Stories. Love Reading. Helgard Krause, the new Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council, said: "We are proud to support World Book Day in Wales and feel it is an important annual event that is celebrated in schools, libraries, bookshops and in the media. It is an excellent occasion to highlight the fantastic choice of reading material published in Wales and beyond." Angharad Sinclair, Reading Promotions Project Manager with the Welsh Books Council, added that it is a perfect day to curl up and escape with your favourite book or join in with a local celebration: "I can’t believe World Book Day is celebrating its twentieth birthday this year. What a fantastic excuse to look back at the wealth of great books and stories that have been published and enjoyed during that time! By celebrating and sharing stories we can inspire and encourage those around us to do the same." This year, the Biggest Book Show on Earth will be held in the Memo Arts Centre in Barry, with almost 700 children aged 8 to 13 in attendance. The all-star line-up will feature six high profile authors and illustrators – Steven Butler, Abi Elphinstone, Jim Smith, Cathy Cassidy, Martin Brown and Eloise Williams. Alongside the Welsh Government, World Book Day in Wales is also sponsored by the bookseller Waterstones, who will be running a pop-up bookshop and author signing session at the event. Steve Gane on behalf of the company said: "Waterstones are proud to support Welsh publishing along with the Welsh Books Council on World Book Day. The Books Council performs an essential role in literary Wales, and our continuing partnership on World Book Day is testament to that." For those joining in with the celebrations online, the popular #bookselfie challenge will be promoted on World Book Day, with prizes for the best pictures sent in or shared. There is also a short quiz that can be downloaded, based on books published in the last twenty years. For more information and ideas go to "Our aim is simply to get children, school pupils, parents and people all over Wales to take a selfie showing them reading or holding a book, and to upload the picture on social media using the hashtags #bookselfie #worldbookday20," said Angharad. "By creating a collection of selfies using the hashtags #bookselfie and #hunlyfr, we can show the world that Welsh people of all ages want to celebrate reading, and that they are delighted with books of all types."

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