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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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World Book Day is March 1st - Fun Facts about Books to Share with Kids

March 1st is World Book Day?  The day was established 18 years ago and was designated by UNESCO, as a worldwide celebration of reading books.  Over 100 countries participate World Book Day as a way to share the joy of reading books.

Personally, I love to read. Books are a way to visit the Taj Mahal, the pyramids, climb Mt. Everest, travel back through history or rocket into the future, all without living home.  
To, me, the public library was an awesome idea. Just think, before a library, you had to purchase anything you wanted to read,limiting assess to those that couldn’t afford to make such a purchase.
I was saddened to read that according to a  2014 study, posted at, one out of five kids asked said that if a friend found them reading a book, they’d be embarrassed! The study also found that of those kids responding, 54% said they prefer to watch television than read a book. How can we turn such poll numbers around?
I grew up on Nancy Drew books, I eagerly awaited the next published adventure of Nancy and her friends. I read biographies on women including Amelia Earhart, Clara Barton, Florence Nightingale, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and more.  Kids need to see the wonderful world of books.  Perhaps, the next time you need to get gifts for your child, niece or nephew, include a book as one of you gifts.

Each child should have a library card. As educators, ask your students if they own a library card and if,not, try and encourage them to get one!
Whether you read traditional books that you can hold in your hand or ebooks, it doesn’t matter, kids(and adults) need to grab a book and read!
Book Facts:
1. Did you know that the Chinese invented paper around 105 AD?
2. Each second, 57 books are sold. Someone figured that in one day, you’d need 78 miles of book shelving to store that amount of books.
3. Each year, the main library at Indiana University sinks about one inch from the weight of all the books!
4. Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, worked as a boy, at Cadbury, as a chocolate taste tested! Shows you never know how your childhood may shape what you do as an adult! 
5. A new book by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr.  Seuss, was found in 2013. The books is called What Pet Should I Get? and was published in 2015.
6. Another fun fact about Dr. Seuss was that he was challenged to write a book using only 50 words. The result, Green Eggs and Ham. Here are the 50 words he used: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.
7. Did you ever read, Where the Wild Things Are, written by Maurice Sendak? He originally wanted the book to be called Where the Wild Horses Are, but couldn’t draw horses and told his editor, he could draw…things.
8. The author of Frankenstein was Mary Shelley. The monster was NOT Frankenstein, he had no name. Frankenstein was the scientist who created the monster!
9.  The author of  Alice in Wonderland ,Lewis Carroll, is credited with introducing 21 made-up words to the Oxford English Dictionary
10. Someone calculated that Charles Dickens used 4.6 million different words in his writings. Also, a new treat, the lollypop was featured in a couple of Dicken’s books!
11. Books helped to build a road! 2.5 million books were shredded and added to the road asphalt for part of the M6 road in England.
12. The world’s first library was built by Ashurbanipal(668-627BC) in Assyria.
13. In 2012,  998 people, in Sydney, Australia, set a record for the most people balancing books on their head!
14. Did you know that people in the country of India take the title for the most reading done each week? On average 10.7 hours a week is spent reading
15. The Epic of Gilgamesh is considered the oldest written story. It comes from the people of Mesopotamia , telling the adventures of the King of Uruk( @2750-2500 BC).

16. The first book printed on the printing press was the Bible, in 1450. It was done on Johann Gutenberg’s press. The Bible is also the largest-selling non-fiction book in the world!
17. A library in Charleston, South Carolina, opened its doors in 1698, making it the first public  library in America.
18. As of  2014, the handwritten,The Codex Leicester, by Leonardo da Vinci, which sold for a whopping $49.4 million dollars,in 1994, is still the most expensive book ever sold. The buyer was Bill Gates.
19. According to the Pew Research Center, 1 out of 4 Americans said they didn’t read even ONE book in the past year!

20. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, was the first book written on a typewriter!
Quotes about Reading and Books:
1. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”  Richard Steele
2. "To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark."  Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
3. "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."  Walt Disney  
4. “ A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket." Chinese Proverb
5. "The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I [haven't] read." Abraham Lincoln
6. “A house without books is like a room without windows.” Heinrich Mann
7. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. Seuss
8. "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." Harry S Truman 
Your Turn:
1. Illustrate one of the quotes.
2. Illustrate one of the fun facts about books.
3. Which quote do you like the best and why? Write a paragraph explaining what you think your favorite quote means.
4. Would you be embarrassed if a friend saw you reading a book? Why, why not?
5. What is one of your favorite books? Why do you like it so much?

Download this FREE Interactive Notebook Activity: World Book Day: Amazing Book Facts!

by Gail Hennessey

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