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Top tips for World Book Day

Mar 2021

2021 marks the UK and Ireland’s 25th World Book Day! World Book Day is a global charity on a mission to encourage children to read for pleasure, by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. At Kumon, we aim to foster a love of reading and learning in every child. This is why we love to celebrate World Book Day!

At Kumon, we have marked the occasion every year through a broad range of activities. Because many of us will be celebrating World Book Day from home this year, we’d like to share our top tips on how to celebrate the day: 

1. Take part in the ‘Show Your Shares’ competition - Let your child's imagination go wild and participate in the official World Book Day 'Show your Shares' competition. Families are encouraged to send a picture into World Book Day of their story shares. A story share could be: reading at home with family, reading a favourite book, reading in an unusual location, sharing a story with pets, reading a book dressed as your favourite character, and more! This is a great way to let your child to explore their imagination and delve into their favourite book for the day, and most importantly, appreciate the value of reading and books. You can find out more on the World Book Day website.

2. Watch a ‘Share a story’ live digital event -  This year, World Book Day is running some special free digital events, where you can celebrate the most exciting booky day of the year with an amazing cast of authors, illustrators and hosts. You can find out more on the World Book Day website

3. Make a World Book Day bookmark - Bookmarks helps us to keep track of our reading. Why not cut out and colour in World Book Day bookmarks? You can choose from some great designs on the World Book Day website.
4. Host a virtual book club party - You could create and host a book club party where children can come together online and share their favourite novels. Let your imaginations go wild and play World Book Day charades, where children must act out their favourite book or book character. There are lots of activity packs on the World Book Day website for you to create your own events.

If you need some inspiration finding a story, you can take a look at Kumon’s Recommended Reading List, which presents 380 books intended to help Kumon students find books that they will enjoy reading, and to encourage them to read books from a wide range of genres and styles. Why not find books you can read together as a family? Reading to children for 10 minutes every day can make a real difference in their learning and help to develop their interest in reading.

Perhaps this is the perfect time to consider enrolling your child onto the Kumon English Programme? Our English programme helps students develop their vocabulary, grammatical precision, and improve their memorisation skills. The programme introduces students to different genres of text; familiarising students with both fiction and non-fiction, expanding their knowledge of the world and introducing them to new areas of interest. Our Instructors support students to be able to read thoroughly, extract key information from the content and express an opinion on what they have read in a compelling way.

The Kumon English Programme is not tied to any curriculum but complements learning across all subjects at school, giving students the freedom to become advanced, independent and enthusiastic learners, as well as thoughtful individuals.