It’s been a while since our last blog entry and what better day to resume blogging than today… the World Book Day!
This year’s WBD falls on the 5th of March and aims to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. I know, I know – reading blogs don’t really count, but as much as we hate to admit it, books are slowly fading into the background. With the convenience of E-books, kids are experiencing the joy of actual-book-reading less and less. This is really saddening to see as an avid actual-book-reader, because I have given E-books a try (albeit begrudgingly) and the experience is just not the same.
The new-book-smell, the joy of flipping actual pages, the constant repeating of page numbers in your head (to remember exactly where you stopped). All this and so much more is truly what the joy of reading really is. It’s more than a hobby, more than something you do when it’s raining outside – it’s a whole experience, one that sometimes develops into a lifestyle.
I love every single thing about actual-book-reading, from the story itself right down to the choice of typography and type of paper used. Growing up with a book in my hand really helped expand and nurture my imagination, tested the possibilities of my creativity and pushed the boundaries of my emotions and just how to express (or occasionally, repress) them.
So on this joyous day which is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading I would like to shed some light on the values of reading, and pay homage to the ‘characters’ that provided me with a colourful childhood and kept me company when people could not.
If it’s been a while since you last picked up a book, I urge you to spare some time to read. Whether it’s a few pages during your lunch break, a page or two before you turn off the lights tonight, or a full-fledged actual-book-reading soiree. You can thank me later 😉
So dress up as your favourite character from your favourite book and let your imagination run wild! 😀
In the meantime, here’s a picture of Whimsigirl’s very own Fantastic Mr Fox!
What do you think, Roald Dahl? 🙂