March 7, 2019 12:00 am - March 7, 2019 11:00 pm
Global | United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland | Cardiff | Various throughout Wales
On 7 March there will be various celebrations taking place across the country to mark the day, including social media activities and competitions. The Biggest Book Show tour will also be an exciting opportunity for hundreds of school children to meet and listen to their favourite authors talk about their work. Both Meleri Wyn James and Anni Llŷn will feature in the Welsh-language show at Pontio, Bangor (6 March), alongside the current Children’s Poet Laureate for Wales Casia Wiliam, author Meilyr Siôn and illustrator Huw Aaron. The English-language show will be at The Hafren, Newtown, on 7 March, with contributions from Lucy Owen, Eloise Williams, Claire Fayers, P. G. Bell and Max Low.
During World Book Day 2019, the Welsh Books Council has announced the titles of two special books for children that have been published in Welsh and will be on sale for only £1.
The World Book Day campaign in Wales is coordinated by the Council and supported by the Welsh Government.
World Book Day is a worldwide celebration marked in over 100 countries across the globe to promote the benefits of reading for people of all ages. Research reveals that reading can have a substantial impact on children’s educational success and it has never been more important to encourage children and young people to read.
Darllen gyda Cyw by Anni Llŷn, is published by Y Lolfa with illustrations by Debbie Williams and follows the tale of Cyw and friends who have their own week-day series on S4C aimed at children between 3 and 6 years old. Author Anni Llŷn, who was Children’s Poet Laureate for Wales between 2015 and 2017, is originally from the Pwllheli area but now lives in Cardiff. She has written other books for children in the past including Pi-po Cyw and Cyw ar y Fferm, as well as books for older children, and she is a familiar face on S4C programmes.
“My latest book is the wonderful story of Cyw and friends enjoying new books with each other,” says Anni. “They have all found different books to read and come to realise that you can read anytime and anywhere! I’ve always enjoyed writing and using my imagination and I’m thoroughly looking forward to spending World Book Day 2019 in a school in north Wales, reading and writing with children.”
Na, Nel! Un tro … by Meleri Wyn James is also published by Y Lolfa with illustrations by John Lund and follows the adventures of a mischievous girl who is the main character in this popular series. The book’s author, Meleri Wyn James, has won the Literature Medal at the Urdd Eisteddfod and is well known for writing books for both children and adults.
“It’s so important for parents to make time to read with their children and that they see books scattered around the house,” says Meleri. “Take your children to the library or local bookshop where they can explore what genres most interest them. Growing up, I loved books by Welsh author T. Llew Jones and Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven. I still really enjoy a good mystery book!
“I’ll be spending World Book Day in the company of school children discussing my latest book. It always brings me so much joy encouraging children to read and showing them that they can write their own little stories too.”
World Book Day is the registered charity behind the world’s biggest annual celebration of children’s books, dedicated to celebrating the benefits of reading for pleasure, promoting the magic of books, the power of imagination and the importance of sharing stories. OECD research shows that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success, more than their family circumstances, their educational background or income. Yet, it’s in decline. World Book Day aims to turn the tide – with a call to action for families and carers across the UK and Ireland, which is to read for pleasure with their children for 10 minutes on World Book Day, and every day of the year, and transform their life chances.