2018 marks the 21st year of the World Book Day celebrations. Created to encourage and appreciate all things reading, writing and story-telling, World Book Day will be celebrated TODAY by children of all ages across schools in the UK and Ireland as they dress up (or, in our case, decorate potatoes!) as their favourite book character. Reading is such an important part of children’s lives; it allows them to escape to the most amazing worlds and let their imagination run wild. In a world full of iPhones and tablets, reading a good old-fashioned book can often be neglected, so it’s really important we encourage kids to join in this World Book Day. Make sure you’re using your National Book Tokens from school to pick up some new books!
For the last few days, Stacey and the kids have been rather busy decorating and designing these potatoes, and look how amazingly well they have turned out! We have: Kipper from Kipper’s Birthday by Mick Inkpen, Mr.Bump from the Mr.Men by Rodger Hargreaves, and Joe Spud from David Walliam’s Billionaire Boy.
Stacey and Jennifer have also been taking a little trip down memory lane to celebrate the day, as they recall their favourite books from their childhoods:
“I am sad to say I was not much of a reader when I was younger but my absolute favourite books as a kid were the St Clare’s books by Enid Blyton.
I used to love to imagine myself being a twin and wanted desperately to be either Pat or Isabel at a boarding school. I found the very idea of living away from home without parents quite intriguing. I remember really enjoying all the adventures they got up to and desperately wanted to have a midnight feast like they did! These books kept me entertained for many hours as I read them over and over again.”
I have to confess to having a memory like a goldfish so as much as I love reading, and I particularly devoured books as a kid, my actual knowledge about the finer details of them is rather sparse these days. A mystery book always kept my interest so from Enid Blyton and the Famous Five or the merry band of Secret Seven through to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, my primary school days were usually filled with some cunning plan, sneaky thief or double crossing adult! But I think my favourite book that I would go to time and time again at that age would have to be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. From dreaming of a world full of sweets and chocolate fountains, not believing it possible to have such spoiled children in the story then feeling totally cheered by the underdog and his grampa getting the spoils at the end of the book, it was such a well written and imagined story. It was my most well-thumbed novel!
Have you seen our beautiful wooden bookmarks (made from American Cherry wood) which can be personalised with your own text? You can now add a gift box to make a perfect present for any bookworm. A great addition to those new World Book Day books!