Even if it's just once a year, World Book Day shines the spotlight on how great books are. For some children, one day or even one book is enough to instil a lifelong love of words, reading and stories. Although World Book Day is on 23 April 2018, the City of Tshwane held its World Book Day celebrations on 24 April 2018 at the Laudium Community Centre.
The event was attended by learners from surrounding schools. The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to pick up a book and read. This sounds simple, but today’s reality includes a lot more technology than when this day was first launched 18 years ago. To highlight the importance of World Book Day, the learners preformed poems, storytelling, singing and dancing.
The MMC for Community and Social Development Services, Cllr Ntsiki Mokhotho, said, “Young children are naturally inquisitive and have a thirst for knowledge from a young age. It is essential that all of us, whether we are parents, caregivers or teachers, to be all involved in ensuring children have access to books.” She further encouraged the learners to make use of libraries because libraries expose them to many opportunities.
Getting children into the habit of reading every single day is crucial. After all, learning to read independently from as early as possible has huge benefits for their futures.