World Book Day 2021: take a break from fictional characters and share the historical family heritage
Instead of dressing up as their favorite character this year, World Book Day for schoolchildren in 2021 could look a little different. In the final leg of the final lockdown (hopefully!), Families would pay tribute to unsung heroes of their own family celebrating some of the incredible historical legacies often hidden in attics.
This year, children are temporarily stepping out of the way of Harry Potter and Elsa and embracing the looks of their ancestors to honor their own heritage. You get into character, donning 20s flapper dresses, poignant war medals, and tweed suits.
StoryTerrace research is behind the move after it turns out that a quarter of Britons know of unsung heroes and fascinating ancestral stories in their family, but few family members actually know the details. With 29% of people believing the historical legacies and heroes in their family will be distant memories in the near future, StoryTerrace hopes to intervene before it’s too late.
The magic of storytelling
StoryTerrace – the ghostwriting service that lets you turn your own story into a book – hopes this year’s World Book Day will inspire the next generation and tell stories from their own ancestors of love and romance in troubled times like world wars, stories of immigration and how about great-grandmother who traveled the world when she was only 16?
After all, storytelling brings the world a little closer and creates a connection between people from different cultures and identities. It forms a connection that could otherwise be lost.
Throughout 2020, feelings of isolation, displacement, and loneliness may have peaked, but reading a book can improve your mood, create a sense of comfort, escape, even friendship. And this year children need that connection more than ever.
A selection of the stories commissioned by StoryTerrace
Recreate your own story
According to StoryTerrace, more than a third of people said they learned more about their parents’ lives “by discovering past family possessions, overhearing conversations, or speaking to other family members rather than directly from their parents themselves.” Losing those poignant parts of the story that fuel the connection will no doubt be a tragedy.
While the pandemic has certainly created trouble for all people in different ways, it has given us something unique. 27% of people in the UK say they regretted not recording great family experiences before the lockdown and now 5 million people in the UK plan to write their own books this year.
What better way to keep the magic of storytelling alive for generations to come than telling the stories of your loved ones?