Today, Friday, September 6, is READ A BOOK DAY! And as if that wasn’t wonderful enough, this Sunday, September 8th is WORLD LITERACY DAY! It’s a double-whammy of reading delight! In fact, with just the one teeny-tiny Saturday between the two bookish holidays, why not just camp out at the library and immerse yourself in words for the entire weekend?!
Now, I know that there might be some Scrooges out there who think that holidays like “Read A Book Day” or “World Literacy Day” are arbitrary, meaningless holidays; just an excuse to make a big deal out of a normal day. Well I’m here to tell you that as a mother trying to instill a love of reading in my children, I would have to disagree. As I raise my two young daughters in a world filled with distractions, I look for any and every reason to celebrate reading.
So I say to all you book lovers out there, all you parents and teachers, children and students: Take advantage of these unusual and delightful holidays! Give yourself permission to escape for an hour or two with a good book. Make a fun celebratory meal from a scene in one of your favorite stories. Dress up as your favorite character. Donate a book to your school or your library, or to a younger cousin or friend.
My family’s favorite way to celebrate a holiday such as this is to have what we call a “reading dinner”; a dinner where we each get to bring a book to the table and read as we eat. It sounds anti-social, but oddly, it always ends up as a great bonding experience, as we can’t resist sneaking peeks at each other’s books, or sharing the funny parts out loud.
As part of your book holiday celebration, why not read something from the Reading Rainbow App! We have some fantastic “book-books” (books that celebrate books), including:
I Am the Book – Your child will unlock a treasure trove of bookish poems in this exuberant and fabulously illustrated celebration of reading.
The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane – Brother Theophane isn’t like the other monks, he can’t help but stare out of the window and daydream. Banished from the copying room for his playfulness and curiosity, Theophane discovers a way to make inks that capture the glory of nature. Soon his books become works of art.
I wish you all a happy READ A BOOK DAY today, a wonderful WORLD LITERACY DAY on Sunday. Enjoy this entire weekend devoted to celebrating words and literature!
Reading Rainbow Mom