It’s World Book Day on the 3rd March! Here at Act on Info we always have our nose’s buried in books. We were very lucky when younger to be encouraged to read from a very young age (Thanks mum!) and this has left us in the enviable position of being able to enjoy the world of books and all the stimulus they can give us. Some children aren’t so lucky as to have parents who encourage them – my mum volunteers at a school and only this morning was saying there is a marked difference for her in the children who are encouraged to practise their reading at home and those who aren’t, which will come as no surprise to teachers everywhere.
But it does seem that sadly, people in this country will have less and less access to free books as libraries fall under budget cuts (Potentially reduced from 11 to 2 in the Isle of Wight!). It seems that cash strapped councils are arguing the modernization of our lifestyles to cut book-buying to just 8% of total library funding, meaning there are now at least 20m fewer books to be borrowed in Britain than there were ten years ago and resulting in falling numbers of people using them. Today (Sat 5th Feb) there are a number of protests happening to stop Libraries facing cuts the length and breadth of the country with the fabulous author Philip Pullman leading the charge with his inspiring speech. (If you haven’t read it, Google it, it’s a fantastic call to arms)
Books are a great source of creative inspiration which can empower children, stimulate their imaginations and enhance learning and literacy skills. There are so many different tales from classic stories such as Treasure Island to classic fairy stories such as Cinderella to darker tales such as those from The Brothers Grimm – Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood (Witches trying to cook children and eat them and a grandmother eating wolf – for goodness sakes, why weren’t we more traumatised as children?) to Hans Christian Anderson’s beautiful and still beloved tales, The Emperors New Suit, The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid all of which had a message to impart. We are very lucky here at Act On Info to be able to still enjoy these stories as adults by bringing these classic stories to life for children who may not have experienced them before through Play in a Day and drama workshops. If you would like to widen your classes’ knowledge of literature as well as improve their literacy skills do get in touch with us using the quick enquiry form on the right.