I can think of no better bed time routine than a bedtime story!
And not just because print books aid in a restful night’s sleep, as opposed to using electronics or TV before bed, but today the world celebrates World Book Day 2022.
This annual event was created on the 23rd of April 1995 by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to encourage children to enjoy reading and to celebrate books and their authors. The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland was in 1997 and its founder Baroness Gail Rebuck said;
We wanted to do something to reposition reading and our message is the same today as it was then – that reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform lives.’
I myself have so much to thank books for, as a child they were my favourite way to learn and to relax, and today that’s still true for me.
Today at Happy Childcare we are celebrating a wonderful author friend Sarina Siebenaler and her delightful book Do Not Wish For A Birthday Unicorn!
It’s about Kat a little girl who wishes for a unicorn-themed birthday party. When her mum says ‘Yes’ Kat carefully selects the perfect unicorn, but when she arrives from the Uni Express, they discover she hasn’t bathed in 21 days!
I loved the message in this book around thoughtful, kind and caring intentions, and in particular the sentence that resonated most was;
For, the spirit of kindness will always shine through- when we all work together to help someone blue.
It’s easy to see why all the children loved this book, it’s silly and rhyming and full of fantasy with mentions of clouds, rainbows, mermaids and fairies, even an ostrich.
The older children liked reading it to the younger ones who delighted in the colourful illustrations. And the children even compiled some questions to ask the Author which we have sent to her, and she absolutely loved them all. When we get her answers, we’ll update this post but here are the questions.
What inspired you to write the story?
Where did you write it?
How long did it take you to write?
Where do unicorns come from?
Are unicorns real?
And if so, have you seen one?
Where can I buy a unicorn from?
Ha ha children ask the funniest questions
Thank you to the author Sarina for her wonderful answers as follows.
We can’t wait for book 3 and some more laugh out loud adventures!
Stay Present, Em x