Dr Krishnakumar Vepakomma
International World Book Day is a worldwide event celebrated annually on April 2nd in more than 100 countries, which aims to promote reading for pleasure and support literacy for children worldwide. The event seeks to ensure that every child and young person has access to a book of their own, regardless of their circumstances. The importance of reading for children cannot be overstated. Books provide children with a sense of escapism from their mundane realities and allow them to discover stories on their own terms in a language they understand. Reading books helps children learn and develop, but this can be challenging in some parts of the world due to deprivation. International World Book Day seeks to provide resources for children in need through various events in schools and communities.
Reading is not only an essential tool for learning but also a way for children to explore their imaginations, expand their knowledge, and develop their cognitive skills. It can improve their vocabulary, language, and communication skills. Research has shown that children who read frequently develop empathy, emotional intelligence, and critical thinking skills.
Inculcating a reading habit in children is crucial, and it is the responsibility of parents and educators to encourage and foster it. Children who grow up with books are more likely to become lifelong readers, and this habit can benefit them in multiple ways.
Parents play a critical role in fostering a reading habit in their children, especially in the early years. They can start by reading to their children, even before they can read themselves. This not only provides quality time with their child but also introduces them to books and the habit of reading. As children grow older, parents can encourage them to read by providing them with books that match their interests and abilities.
Teachers also play an essential role in providing children with the ability to read, comprehend, and utilize what they learn through books and reading. They can create a reading-friendly environment in the classroom by setting up a reading corner or a library corner and by selecting books that match their students’ interests and abilities. Teachers can also organize book clubs and reading challenges to motivate children to read more.
In addition to parents and teachers, the community can also play a significant role in promoting a reading habit in children. Local libraries, bookstores, and community centers can organize reading events and book fairs to make books more accessible to children. These events can be a fun and engaging way to introduce children to books and reading.
To foster a reading habit in children, it is essential to make reading enjoyable and fun. Encouraging children to read for pleasure and supporting their autonomy in book choice can help create a positive association with books and reading. Providing a variety of reading materials, including magazines, comics, and graphic novels, can also help children develop a love of reading.
International World Book Day encourages literacy and motivates youngsters to read with each other and adults. The event provides an excellent opportunity to focus on reading for fun, supporting children’s autonomy in book choice, and embedding a habit of reading that brings a wide range of benefits. Parents, educators, and communities can work together to foster a reading habit in children and create a love of books that will benefit them throughout their lives.