Happy World Book Day 2021!
Many families who have migrated have rich storytelling repertoires from the different places they have lived, and families and friends in these places. These can be the books they treasure in their family, new books they’ve found in new places, different translations/ versions of the same story, or different ways of telling these stories.
World Book Day is a great time to invite children and families from different backgrounds to share their favourite stories, and different ways of telling stories. This could be done in the days and weeks following this day.
“Allow children to see themselves reflected in what they read and to have the opportunity to investigate other lives, worlds and perspectives”.
CLPE: Centre for Literacy in Primary Education.
World Book Day is a great opportunity to do this, and the experts to learn more from are the families and children in our communities.
I love the excitement that comes with World Book Day! I remember it clearly from my own childhood, and now working as an Early Years Practitioner I am able to experience it again.
One of the highlights during my Masters research was learning about the stories told in some families from Central and Eastern Europe.
Sometimes these are stories I grew up with as well but with different interpretations, like Little Red Riding Hood. Sometimes they are stories I have not heard before. I love learning about the tradition of oral storytelling as well, which brings families together in sharing stories and adapts and adds to traditional tales and family experiences.
World Book Day reminds us there is no end to the stories that can enrich our lives personally, and our settings when we celebrate together.
This World Book Day will look different because of the Covid pandemic, and we cannot invite families into settings this year. There can still be plenty of opportunities to connect with families online though, and to learn more about books and storytelling across cultures.
Here are some ideas:
- Set up a weekly Zoom/ Teams meeting and invite different parents to share a story with the children from their home.
- Create a library as a project with the children in your setting, including their favourite stories, books with themes they connect with, and books from different cultures and languages.
- In one to one parent meetings on Zoom/ Teams, invite children to join and share books and toys at home they are interested in. You could learn a lot 🙂
I’d love to hear any other ideas!
Credits: Boy reading book- Image by saralcassidy from Pixabay . Gnomes in the garden- Image by Diese lizenzfreien Fotos darfst du zwar verwenden from Pixabay. CLPE resource: a how to guide: choosing and using quality books for the classroom, Payal Bhavsar, Thursday 29 August 2019. https://clpe.org.uk/blog/2019/how-guide-choosing-and-using-quality-books-classroom