World Book Day and Amazing Children’s Books!

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Happy World Book Day everyone! Best day of the year for us book bloggers, right?

If you aren’t familiar with World Book Day – and despite the name, you might well not be if you aren’t British – then I should tell you a bit about it. World Book Day is a charitable organisation that encourages and aims to get more children/young people reading. It’s quite a big thing in schools over here in the UK, so a big thing for me as a primary school teacher!

It can be celebrated in a wide variety of ways, but the most common way is to get children (and staff) to dress up as their favourite book characters, and the day’s lessons are usual literacy themed. Free book vouchers are usually given away as well, at least in primary schools. Sometimes you even get lucky and have an author or publishing house give you a visit too!

 

if you want to know more, look here. 

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Anyway, to celebrate, I thought I would share three books from my childhood that really sparked my love of reading and three modern children’s books that I have loved reading.

Click on the image to find out more about the books!

My Childhood

The BFG by Roald Dahl

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Who doesn’t love a Roald Dahl book? I swear everyone has a favourite that they have great memories of reading. For me, that is The BFG, but there are loads others too!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Roald Dahl

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Possibly the first book I have memories of! It really is a classic, and has been translated all over the world. I have even used it to teach counting and food in both German and French before!

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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I bet most of my usual readers expected The Hobbit… So, I deliberately didn’t add it in! Plus, I definitely read The Chronicles of Narnia before anything from Middle Earth, and they are wonderful books still! They have aged a bit, and so take some getting used to the writing; it is worth it though!

Modern Books

The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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An amazing, gripping and atmospheric tale that really kept me gripped from the word go. At its heart, it is a touching tale of family love and friendships.

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson (illustrated by Axel Scheffler)

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The Gruffalo gets much more attention, but this is my favourite book by this dynamic duo. Its a great fun tale about helping each other and never underestimating someone based on their size or appearance.

The Legend of Podkin One-ear by Kieran Larwood

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An exciting adventure book full of dark, dangerous enemies and brave heroes. Podkin (at first) isn’t one though! I love his character arc in this one and really think young fantasy fans will enjoy this one. Plus, walking talking bunnies. Who doesn’t love that!?!

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Hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what children’s books you loved as a child or are currently enjoying! Don’t let anyone tell you you’re too old for a book or a good story.

 

Jack

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