Authors who are "Differently Expertised"...

Authors who are "Differently Expertised"...

03 March 2011

World Book Day

Today, March 3, 2011 is World Book Day, set aside to celebrate love of the written word, books, stories, and the images they conjure in the imagination. While this event is not widely publicized in the US, it is a wonderful day in Wales for schoolchildren. Storytellers, celebrities, and parents join together to encourage the discovery of the joy of reading for children of all chronological ages.

Remember the posters in the library that simply said, "Read"? Here are some of the newest that encourage youngsters, including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson from HarryPotter, Nathan Fillion from Castle, and Taylor Lautner from New Moon.

I recall seeing an extremely sexy Antonio Banderas on a poster that said "LEA" - the command to read in Spanish, as well as Kevin Sorbo and Lucy Lawless as Hercules and Xena, Warrior Princess. I thought those were so cool, and I wish I would have purchased them, but I didn't know you could. Now I have a few of the "Bacha Llyfr" or "Grab a Book" posters from Wales these past few years including a young  Matthew Rhys (who is now on ABC's Brothers & Sisters), Eve Myles from Torchwood, and Ioan Gruffudd from A&E's Hornblower

The point is we should celebrate books and reading as much as possible. Teach children that books are treasure troves of wonder and excitement. Those who read are more likely to write, and those who write are more likely to explore more sides to each story, building comprehension and tolerance.

Let's celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY for the entire month of March. I'm up for it - how about you?


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