HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY TO ALL …*
I thought that today I would put together a list of resources and ideas to celebrate books and the people that write them:
- Check out what Toni Morrison has to say about constructing books as “what ifs?” …*
- Go over this list compiled by The Guardian: World Book Day 2015: teachers share their favourite books
- Watch this fascinating video on How Stories Can Change Our Behavior By Changing Our Brain Chemistry …*
- Check out Dominic Randolph’s post from last year on the future of books
- Check out the three “book playlists” that I created last year–for when you’re restless, questioning or seeking to grow your capacity for empathy.
- Throw a book party –
- Invite your friends over and have them dress as their favorite author or character.
- Pick a book you like and make it the party’s theme.
- Invite everyone to bring over a book to swap.
- Play books charade.
- Write your own book together, cadavre exquis style.
- Recreate literary meals (Seriously, can you think of anything better to do in this weather than wear a last minute costume and talk books and authors with those you love while sharing a meal?!)
- Get lost in these awesome lists and think about which books you would include — What Books Could Be Used to Rebuild Civilization?: Lists by Brian Eno, Stewart Brand, Kevin Kelly & Other Forward-Thinking Minds
- Read this article about how children learn to read
- Browse Doris Lessing’s highlights on Writing, Questions, Creativity & The Moments In Between
- Consider how new fictional experiences might change your perspective on real, everyday life with this TED-ED video on How fiction can change reality.
Finally, I’m always on the lookout for book suggestions, so please let me know what were the best (however you define best–gripping, thought-provoking, beautiful, heartbreaking, transformative) last five books that you read? Let me know in the comments section below …*
Mine were (in no particular order):
- Maps by Nuruddin Farah
- Keeping A Rendezvous by John Berger
- A Certain World: A Commonplace Book by W.H. Auden
- The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
read & celebrate . . . *