They say you’re never too young or too old to be a book worm, and today we’re delighted to say ‘Happy World Book Day’ as we join over 100 countries from around the globe to celebrate books and reading,
Children love books and, whether you’re reading to or with them, it’s a great way to support learning and development, while encouraging their imagination. The aim of World Book Day 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. All children in the UK and Ireland are entitled to a £1 gift voucher, which they can use to buy their own book from www.worldbookday.com.
For younger toddlers and babies, who are not quite old enough to read for themselves, soft books with bright colours and characters are perfect to encourage babies to focus and stimulate brain development. The new Galt First Puppet Book also has a set of five finger puppets within the six-page soft book, with a pocket to house each puppet. The smiley, colourful animal puppets will help baby focus at varying distances as they follow the moment of mum or dad’s fingers. As little ones develop, the puppets can be placed in the pockets of the soft book while mum or dad talk about the animals and their homes.
Home Learning Books are also a great way to get children reading, writing and learning – all while having fun! Galt’s range of Home Learning Books has been created to support pre-school and Key Stage 1 learning with a colourful and imaginative series of books. The books use bright stickers, friendly characters and fun activities to develop foundation skills. From spells and counting to handwriting and times tables, there’s something for every little learner!
Books don’t need to be all about reading – they can also be used by children of all ages to be creative! Colouring books, dot-to-dot books and water magic sets are just a few examples of great books that help inspire children to be artistic. What’s more, once you’ve coloured, painted or drawn in the books, children can use the characters and pictures as inspiration for their own short stories!