By Gail Braznell

It’s time to put down those devices, pick up a book and delve into the wonders of another world.
It wasn’t that long ago that I became a new mum, I remember bragging to my friends with children, that I was never going to allow my child to constantly have their head engaged in any type of device. Famous last words!

Fast forward a couple of years……..

At the age of three, a few minutes on an iPad isn’t a big deal and it’s actually part of growing up in today’s society. But talking and reading to our kids is more important, it can help their language development and their behaviour by giving them feedback, guidance and support.

Reading makes you smarter according to studies and not only does reading help you retain knowledge, it stockpiles your brain with new information. The brain is like a muscle and needs to be exercised, reading improves your memory and is more challenging to your brain than most other activities.

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators books and reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

This is the 20th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 2nd March 2017 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading, very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

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Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers, millions of book vouchers are sent to children and young people. They can take their voucher to a local bookseller and can use it to pick one of TEN (exclusive, new and completely free) books. Or, if they’d rather, they can use it to get £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop or book club (terms and conditions apply).

And that’s not all, on World Book Day children across Britain put on their best fancy dress costumes from books such as The Gruffalo, Harry Potter and Mr Tickle to the Gingerbread Man, Peter Pan and many more, all to promote reading and books in schools.
Today a reader tomorrow a leader.