April 2nd International Children’s Book Day

When you give a child a book to read you open the door to worlds they might otherwise never know.  As adults, we are busy living life, providing for or families, and tired from our every day efforts. Children, on the other hand, still have opens minds, look for adventure and are sponges soaking up information. Books can lead them to a life of wonder and awe.

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The day was created by the International Board on Books for Youth, dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday in 1805. You may have heard of a few of his books like, “Hansel and Gretel”, “The Little Mermaid”, and “The Ugly Duckling”.  If you haven’t, I am sure your children have.

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There are books on every subject that you can imagine. They teach every subject imaginable and bring hours and hours of enjoyment. Who knows, maybe one will convince your child to become a writer themselves! You see children are the future, but they learn from what you put in their heads today.

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Give them the skills to communicate and teach and maybe we will all have a better future in store.

How to celebrate – Give your child a book. Read to your children. Get your child to write their own book.

April 2nd International Children’s Book Day

Give a child a book and let their imaginations soar. It really is something we teach our children, the ability to learn through reading. Some kids naturally love to read, others struggle with it, but its value is unmistakable. Just like you can’t love someone if you never met them or love to play a game if you’ve never played it, you can’t love to read unless you experience it and understand just where it can take you.

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Books like the Harry Potter series allow children to imagine themselves as Harry Potter, or any of the host of other characters in the books. It teaches them not only the love of reading but also social lessons by examining how characters deal with each other, and the situations they find themselves in. It gives them the inspiration to try other books to see what might be contained in those pages.

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April 2nd is chosen as International Children’s Book Day because it is Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday (born in 1805), the author of many children’s fairy tales that have even led to movies like Frozen, The Little Mermaid, and Thumbelina just to mention a few.

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One of the best ways to get your child interested in reading is to read to them before they can read themselves. Not only are you able to spend some quality time with your child but you will be showing them that books can be friends as well. Children look to their parents, older siblings, and even friends and want to mimic them as they grow. What better way to allow some one to grow then to show them the world of books.

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And now for a shameless plug! I’ve got a book out I think kids would love! It’s a Christmas story, but a whole lot more. It’s only available as an ebook but you can find it on Amazon or any other ebook source you might happen to use. I know, I know… I shouldn’t use this as a format to sell a book but maybe this story will get your child to read more and isn’t that what today is all about?

How to celebrate – Find a copy of your favorite book as a child and read it to your children. Find rewards you can offer your child for reading a book. Spend time reading as a family, allowing different members of the family play out the roles in the book.

April 2nd International Children’s Book Day

April 2nd is International Children’s Book Day because it is Hans Christian Andersen‘s birthday.  Born in 1805, he is 211 years old today and doing remarkably well.  If you are thinking about sending him a card, he is somewhere in Denmark.

Seriously though, books have great value beyond using them for that reach to the top shelf.  For a child, they begin the learning process and open a world to them that can take them anywhere they want to go.  No one knows when the first book was written but I’d almost bet it was written for a child.

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In Cave-Man days the stories were handed down through the years by telling them over and over. No doubt, the stories were embellished some what, even with the paintings on the walls.  That was, until someone decided to write it down so that it didn’t change with every new generation.

Today it’s hard to imagine a child without a book.  (Though in all honesty there are plenty that don’t have them – check into Free Book.)  Books like J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” take children to a world they could never hope to visit otherwise.  Even some comic books teach history, coloring books teach about people and picture books teach us to use our imaginations.

The top 10 books for children in 2015 were… “Hi!” by Ethan Long, “Counting Dogs” by Eric Barclay, “Wolfie The Bunny” by Ame Dyckman & Zachariah Ohora, “Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-The-Poh” by Sally M. Walker & Jonathan D. Voss, “The Day The Crayons Came Home” by Drew Daywaly & Oliver Jeffers, “Journey To The Moon” by Andy Mansfield, “The Marvels” by Brian Selznick, “Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret” by Bob Shea, “The Story of Diva and Flea” by Mo. Williams and Tony DiTerlizzi and “Roller Girl” by Victoria Jamison.

So celebrate by reading a book to a child, hopefully one you already know, try writing your own children’s book, re-read a book you had when you were a child.