World Book Day is being held March 3rd this year. It is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. Did you know, World Book Day is celebrated in over 100 countries all over the world?
It has been celebrated for the last 19 years and children of all ages get together to share their love of books and reading.
The aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the joy of books and reading by offering them the chance to have a book of their own. They send books to schools, book tokens and resource packs aimed at ages suitable from nursery/pre school up to secondary school.
To celebrate this occasion I thought I would share with you my favourite books from past and present day.
Super Fudge (Judy Bloom)
Nothing is easy for 11 year old, Peter Hatcher. It’s hard enough to have an impossible little brother like Fudge, but now there’s a new baby coming. And if this baby is anything like Fudge, that’s it – Peter is moving out! Just when he thinks it can’t get any worse, Peter finds out that Fudge will be in kindergarten at the same school where he’ll be in 6th grade!
This was one of my favourite books to read when I was growing up and one iv always remembered.
Shadow The Sheep Dog (Enid Blyton)
Another of my favourite childhood books. Johnny has always longed for a dog of his own. His dream comes true when he is allowed to keep Shadow, the naughtiest of Jessie’s pups. Shadow finds that life on the farm is hard work, but he learns fast and grows up to be a real champion. Then comes the day when all his skill, courage and experience are needed to save Johnny’s life.
What A Busy Baby (Rebecca Patterson)
Babies doing baby things. This is such a simple book but it is one that both of my children have loved. What are these busy babies up to? Wriggling, playing, crying, smiling, yawning, sleeping — there are lots of babies to look at and talk about with your very own baby.
My Sisters Keeper (Jodie Picoult)
This is such a great emotional read. It tells the story of 13-year-old Anna, who sues her parents for medical emancipation when she is expected to donate a kidney to her sister Kate, who is dying from leukemia.
Tribe Wanted (Ben Keene)
Paradise or Bust is the fascinating adventure story of Tribewanted, a revolutionary eco-tourism project founded by twentysomething Ben Keene. As featured in the BBC documentary series, Keene’s story follows the ups and downs of a global online network of like-minded travellers and an indigenous Fijian community as they attempt to build a new life on a 200-acre island in the South Pacific. All major decisions on the island are voted on by an online tribe that anyone around the world can join.
Atonement (Ian McEwan)
13-year-old Briony Tallis attempts to stage a production of her new drama The Trials of Arabella to welcome home her elder, idolised brother Leon. But she soon discovers that her cousins, the glamorous Lola and the twin boys Jackson and Pierrot, aren’t up to the task, and directorial ambitions are abandoned as more interesting preoccupations come onto the scene. The charlady’s son Robbie Turner appears to be forcing Briony’s sister Cecilia to strip in the Fountain and sends her obscene letters; Leon has brought home a dim chocolate magnate keen for a war to promote his new “Army Amo” bar; and upstairs Briony’s migraine-stricken mother Emily keeps tabs on the house from her bed. Soon, secrets emerge that change the lives of everyone present.
Id love to hear what some of your favourite books are, how will you be celebrating World Book Day?
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