Children’s author Linda Unugboke is a writer with a passion for children's storytelling. She writes wholesome stories that open young hearts and minds to a world of possibilities - equipping them to live a life that's unique, special and full of love. She is a dedicated wife and mother and lives with her family in London, England.
In this blog post Linda shares her thoughts about a very important time for children everywhere across the globe. She writes…
The celebration of books, literary works and of course...reading, was started more than twenty years ago by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1995. All over the world, it is celebrated annually on 23 April. However, in the UK, 23 April is St George's Day, the National Saint of England ...and this may well be the reason why in the UK, WBD is celebrated on the first Thursday of March.
Where are the celebrations held? Well, everywhere!
Who can celebrate the event? Everyone!
Every child has the right to celebrate World Book Day, wherever they are.
In the UK, schools and local community libraries, tend to join an event planned by and promoted on this website www.worldbookday.com
These are the official World Book Day organisers...who in addition to fun activities have great giveaways for the day including £1 book tokens for selected books that can be purchased at any store. Can you imagine buying a book for £1 only? That's pretty awesome... don't you think?!
However, as I looked at the list of available books this year, I did not see any culturally diverse books. None at all! The trend is almost the same year after year.
The fact is there are very few (African heritage) children's fiction books in print. I have to admit now that as a children's fiction book author, I struggle a lot to write stories about my African heritage - and I plan to change this.
Some statistics say that less than 3% of children's fiction books, are about people of African heritage. What can we do to change the current situation?
You can start by writing your own story. Write about your family events (be sure to ask for permission to use the actual names of the people in your family though! 🙂 If they say no, then get creative and write a list of different names that you can choose from.
Have a go at writing stories about your Mum or Dad or Uncle or Aunty or Grandma or Grandpa or any of the adults in your family. You can also write about your siblings (real or imagined), cousins or friends from school or local clubs that you attend. Grow your collection of stories, whether fiction or non-fiction.
Your stories could be short or long... Funny or serious... Exciting or whatever else. Go wherever your imagination takes you. Whatever you decide be sure to keep writing and keep building a library of your stories.
When you think you are ready, try sending them out to get published. There may be publishing houses that would want to hear your voice and make your stories known. Remember there are so many ways of sharing stories now, on the internet, at school, in your local community and through writing competitions. These are a few options.
I would love to read your stories and I might even publish some of them for free!
Let’s celebrate WBD through reading, sharing and WRITING African stories our way.
I'm looking forward to buying your book with my £1 WBD book voucher in a few year’s time. Look out for the stories that I will be writing about my and our shared African heritage.
Are you ready?