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By Kate Edwards – Chief Executive, Seven Stories

World Book Day is the ideal time to develop children’s love of reading. Start them off by appreciating the picture book

Bat reading for World Book Day

Get your class batty about books

World Book Day is the perfect opportunity to appreciate the richness and diversity of British writers and illustrators for children. We can also celebrate the fact that ‘reading for enjoyment’ is back on the educational agenda. And that it has been recognised that this enjoyment is critical to ensuring that the generation of tomorrow is literate, articulate and creative. For those of us lucky enough to work in the world of children’s literature, we know that an enjoyment of reading is the best motivator. We also know that the journey starts with the picture book.

The picture book

The picture book is, more often than not, a child’s first experience in art appreciation. Picture books provide a wonderful (and essential) starting point for young children on their journey to becoming readers. Here are just a few reasons why:

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