I think I must in a minority in the mummy community because I actually enjoyed getting my girls ready for World Book Day! All I see on social media are posts about stocking up on gin, having to make costumes or getting down Asda to buy one, but surely the point of it is being missed completely?
I have no doubt I’ll probably join the ranks of gin consumers in years to come, but this first one was pretty special for me. We spent quite a bit of time discussing which princess the eldest wanted to be, and then she helped me dress the smallest in a character from her favourite book – ‘Room on the Broom’. When I say it’s her favourite character she squeals and hits the book every time we get it out – but that’s because we have read it to her since she was 6 months old. And the excitement when dropping the girls off at nursery seeing all the children buzzing about in Alice costumes, batman outfits and bandages (Mr Bump) was just magical.
We love a book in our house, infact the loft is bloody full of mine and I suspect we are going the same way with my girls. Surely the point of World Book Day is to encourage children to read and explore the wonders of a story. We always do at least 3 stories every bedtime and also watch the bedtime story as a family it’s becoming a tradition. There is something innocent and sweet about encouraging a child’s imagination and books are a great way to do that. And, it’s something in this day any age of internet, TV and computer games where the ‘puters’ do it for you – I worry that we will lose that sense of imagination and wonder eventually.
I really hope World Book Day is here to stay certainly while my girls are growing and to be honest if if means I have to spend an extra £10 on a costume or get glitter and sparkles out Mr Maker style I am up for it – all of it… Whether my girls want to or not! ‘