Nottingham families encourage the nation to share stories this World Book Day

03 Mar 2021

Local volunteer Literacy Champions, with our Read On Nottingham Hub, have taken part in World Book Day’s national ‘Show Your Shares’ campaign to encourage families to read together every day.

In family videos, created by World Book Day in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, Shazia Mhawla with her five-year-old Zeva, and Nic Williams with his baby Sidney, were each invited to share what reading together means to them inspiring families across the country to share images of themselves reading together.

Shazia shared how they use English language books to teach Zeva Hindi words:

I would take a book and I would start doing the same thing in Hindi or Urdu and this is how I started making her learn some Hindi words and she’s now very good at it.

Nic spoke about the challenges he confronts in reading to Sidney:

I’m dyslexic and it’s always been a challenge for me but I’ve still enjoyed it … not being at work as much and working from home has given me some extra time to be able to [read to Sidney] … it’s been a really special time

Connecting Stories Nottingham

Waterstones Children’s Laureate and award-winning author, Cressida Cowell will also be virtually visiting Nottingham schools on World Book Day, as part of the Connecting Stories initiative in the city.

In the live-stream event, Cressida will delight children with information about her latest book, The Wizards of Once: Never and Forever, and give tips on becoming an author and illustrator. Children aged 7 to 14 are also invited to take part in the Connecting Stories creative writing competition, with the theme ‘Friends, Family and Relationships'.

Connecting Stories is a campaign, funded by Arts Council England, to support young people’s literacy in Nottingham by increasing their access to literary experiences and books.

Nottingham City Libraries

Read On Nottingham has also been working with Nottingham City Libraries to distribute more than 350 World Book Day books to local families through library ‘click and collect’ services. The initiative hopes to reach families unable to access the books due to the pandemic and encourage new library memberships.

Literacy Champions will be introducing the 2021 World Book Day titles, encouraging families to share stories in a series of short videos, available on the Read On Nottingham Facebook page over the next two weeks:

Our Literacy Champion volunteers play a vital role in encouraging and supporting Nottingham families to fall in love with reading so we are very proud that Shazia and Nic have been invited to inspire families nationally this World Book Day. It has been a challenging year for families, so it is wonderful to be able to celebrate World Book Day and bring the magic of stories to families through this wonderful activity with our volunteers and partners.

Charlotte Malik, Manager of Read On Nottingham