This week for our Friday Blog we are joining in the celebrations of Children’s Book Week, held annually on the week of April 29th, celebrating the most valued and inspirational books for young children and people across the world.
First established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative. Events and activities are held across the country in schools, hospitals and a variety of other institutions in an attempt to emphasise the positive influence of reading and how it can impact the personal and academic development of young people. This week, we are highlighting some of the fantastic events and initiatives that are taking place across the world, to help people gain access to books and further emphasise the importance of reading and literary skills for children and young people.
Here’s what’s going on this week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week!
• Official poster, with activities, illustrated by award-winner Yuyi Morales and inspired by the 2019 slogan, Read Now – Read Forever. Free posters will be available at all events!
• A new Children’s Book Week Graphic Novel activity kit featuring art from amazing children’s graphic novel creators.
• Reformatted Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards and voting through Book Week.
• Exclusive new bookmarks by six prominent children’s book illustrators.
• KidLit TV’s new CREATOR CORNER – are 100 three-to-five minute videos of children’s book authors and illustrators speaking about their favourite character creations to be released throughout 2019.
To help celebrate the anniversary of Children’s Book Week, we at i-teachers decided to get some of our team to let us in on their favourite book!
Jack’s favourite book was ‘The BFG’, a fictional book by Roald Dahl in which a Big Friendly Giant collects the biggest and best dreams possible, and delivers them to the most well behaved children!
Jamie’s favourite book was ‘Were Going on a Bear Hunt’ written by Michael Rosen, in which an adventurous family go searching for a bear in the woods, and encounter a variety of obstacles and interesting finds along the way!
Olivia’s favourite book was called ‘Lola Rose’ written by the fantastic Jacqueline Wilson, in which a family run away from their abusive father, and set off on a fantastic adventure discovering new identities.
Hamid’s favourite book was called ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl, a book about a grotesque couple who are probably the worst people in the world, and love to play the worst possible jokes on each other.
Holly’s favourite book was called ‘Meg and Mog’ written by Helen Nicoll, about the adventures of a witch and her cat, and the type of things they get up to in their daily routines, including a look at her wardrobe and what she has for breakfast!
Courtney’s favourite book was called ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl, a story about an 8 year old boy named George who creates a marvellous medicine in an attempt to transform his cranky Grandma!
Natalie’s favourite book was called ‘The Lottie Project’ by Jacqueline Wilson, a book about a young girl named Charlie and explores life with her very young mum Jo and her school life with her arch nemesis Jamie Edwards while being in Mrs Beckworth’s class. Charlie researches into the life of servants for her Victorian project at school and writes her very own diary!
Sara’s favourite book was called ‘The Diddakoi’ by Rumer Gooden, the story of a Romani traveller orphan named Kizzy, who faces a series of unfortunate events and persecutions inside of a small village.
Amy and Shehla’s favourite book was called ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl, a book in which a lovely young girl with a passion for learning is sent to a school run by a cruel authoritarian named Mrs Trunchbull, where she befriends another teacher Miss Honey and gets up to all sorts!
Joe’s favourite book was called ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl, and we’re sure that needs no explanation!