Celebrating books with Viking – Getting creative for International Literacy Day

A selection of creative goodies sent to me from Viking Direct as part of their International Literacy Day campaign with the caption Celebrating books with Viking, getting creative for International Literacy DayI love literature. That won’t come as a shock to those who know I started my blogging life as a book blogger. These days I don’t get chance to read as much as I used to, but I still love books. It’s a love that I have been desperate to share. And thanks to Viking Direct’s International Literacy Day hamper, me and Spike got to celebrate books together!

Due to my love of books and promoting reading, I have had lots of amazing opportunities. Viking recently got in touch and asked if they could provide a hamper of creative goodies for us to use in order to celebrate our favourite books.

As we discovered when I had a Mummy’s Day Off with Viking back in April, I’m rubbish at anything creative. But books are a passion I am willing to do anything for. I received my fantastic selection of items and was in awe. There were pieces of parchment paper, a scroll to secure them in, fabric pens, a tote bag and sharpies. Alongside an amazing looking calligraphy pen set, chalkboard quote pegs, a stencil and some more paper.

tote bag with Daughter of Smoke and Bone quote wishes are false hope is true hope makes it own magic by Laini Taylor for International Literacy Day I wanted to try my hand at calligraphy again because I really enjoyed it but when I sat down to do it I couldn’t! I have no proper desk to write at and the play table was just not working for me. Calligraphy has a knack to it which means you need to sit right at a table to do it. The nib was bending and separating no matter what so I took a look in the hamper to see what else I had received.

I saw the fabric pens, stencil and the tote bag and figured I’d give that a go. I’ve never done anything like this before but I tried! I picked out one of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite series and stencilled the quote in place!

Its wonky and messy but I had fun! I also used the speech bubble pegs to add the authors name and the name of the book. It was taken from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor which is a magical, fantastical book that I definitely recommend!

Everybunny Dance by Ellie Sandall inspired me and spike to create love pictures this International Literacy DayFor Spike I figured we would try and do something from one of our favourite books Everybunny Dance by Ellie Sandall. Its such a fun and sweet book that I think every child should read but I’m not sure how good our creativity was!

I messed up the rabbit and had to do a normal bunny lying down. Rather than one singing. And Spike was more interested scribbling. But she loves the book, and s I said, we tried. And that’s all we can do! I hope you all have a fantastic International Literacy Day tomorrow, why don’t you all get creative and try and do something which reflects your favourite book? Or just celebrate by reading your it! I would love to know what it is too, so please let me know in the comments!

 

NB. I was sent a goody bag of items from Viking Direct to use creatively to show off my love of reading for International Literacy Day.