Elmer Day 2017

Elmer Day 2017

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Elmer Day is celebrated on Saturday 27th May in 2017.

What is Elmer Day?

Elmer Day is a celebration of reading, of elephants and of accepting yourself and others, just like Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, star of the Elmer books by David McKee.

It is celebrated with events in libraries and bookshops across the UK. Kids are invited to dress up in bright colours, take part in craft events and of course, read the Elmer books.

Why Elmer?

The first Elmer book was published in 1968. Author David McKee was inspired by an incident in which his mixed race daughter was verbally abused. His stories are an inspiration for everyone to be both accepting of those who are different to ourselves and accepting of our own unique qualities.

McKee was also the creator of much loved characters Mr Benn and King Rollo. He has now published over 30 books about Elmer and his friends

Celebrating Elmer Day

The first Elmer Day was celebrated in 2016, and the 2017 celebration is set to be even bigger, with schools taking part as well as bookshops and libraries, with stories, games and craft activities. Many events will take place on Saturday 27th May and throughout may half term week.

You can find an Elmer Day event near you by visiting the official Elmer Day website at elmerday.co.uk.

If there are no events near you, you can have your own Elmer Day celebration at home with these super Elmer Day activities from World Book Day, and a lovely Elmer colouring picture from Andersen press.

About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.

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