Thursday, 23 April 2020

Fun and engaging ways to celebrate World Book Day at home

World Book Day and World Book Night takes place on 23 April. With the libraries, bookshops and schools around the world experiencing lockdown measures and social-distancing, events and celebrations have been moved online. Here are some interesting activities that are sure to thrill bookworms of all ages!

Immerse yourself in another universe

UK charity The Reading Agency is encouraging the world to participate in #ReadingHour from 7pm – 8pm GMT (12:30am-1:30am IST). You could pick your own hour as per convenience, and sit to read something of interest.

If you’re wishing to be whisked away to another destination, why not pick up a book set in a foreign country?

Stream an online reading session

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online is a free educational resource where children can follow video readings of new and classic books done by special guests. Receiving over 100 million views from all over the world annually, this year, to celebrate World Book Day, Storyline Online will be releasing its first-ever bilingual video, with actor Jaime Camil reading Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies, in both English and Spanish. The website also has a back catalogue of fantastic books.

Get a free Kindle book

To celebrate World Book Day, companies around the world have announced some free offerings. For a limited period, Amazon is offering nine free Kindle books from around the world available for download.

Take part in online activities

Penguin books currently have online resources for children through their Puffin brand website, with activities that include drawing tutorials and ultimate Puffin book quizzes. There is also an online Puffin Storytime series with special guest readers.

Airbnb recently announced online experiences where users can connect with experts and creatives in different fields. Book-centric offerings include reading with a rom-com author, memoir writing, and storytime with a children’s author.

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via Lonely Planet India

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