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World Book Night/St George’s Day

On the 23rd of April there are 2 days of celebration, and we couldn’t choose which one to focus on, so have decided to blog about both of them.  


The first is World Book Night, (as well as UNESCO International Day of the Book). Regular readers know of our love of books and the importance of introducing reading to children as early as possible. World Book Night, however, focuses on adults and young people over 16. You can find out more about World Book Night on this link


The website says ‘World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April every year. Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t read regularly within communities, and are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters. World Book Night is run by the charity, The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers. 


We have chosen to focus on this celebration because of our involvement with young people and some of the recipients of the books are care homes and youth centres, where they try and encourage new readers to develop a love of books. The End Point Assessment we offer for the Children, Young People and Families suite of standards often have apprentices working in children’s care homes. And as we have mentioned several times before the owners of SSES are foster carers and this was an obvious choice for a blog post. 


If you want to join in, they have a #readinghour from 7-8pm when they are encouraging people to take an hour and read, alone or with someone.  


The 23rd April is also St George’s Day. Whether or not you believe the story of St. George and the Dragon, who doesn’t like anything to do with dragons 😊 The English Heritage website has ‘9 things you didn’t know about St George’, and they are right! At its most simple, the tale of St George is about how a small individual can make a difference, and how can that not be a good story to share. 


Children reading books