Reasons to celebrate 1

Limits bounded by imagination alone

3rd February 2017 | Blog

On Thursday 2nd March, World Book Day turns 20! That’s 20 years of celebrating children’s books and the joy that reading can bring.

To mark this special anniversary, we’ve teamed up with 20 top children’s authors, illustrators, publishers and journalists to bring you 20 reasons to celebrate children’s books. Over the course of the next month, they’ll be sharing their views on why children’s books are so special. We’ll post a new piece every weekday between now and World Book Day so be sure to check back regularly for the next instalment!

To kick us off, we are delighted to welcome former Children’s Laureate and bestselling author of Noughts & Crosses, Malorie Blackman. Here, she shares what it is that makes children’s books quite so brilliant – and why they should be celebrated:


Children’s books entertain, illuminate, excite and educate but perhaps most importantly they stimulate our children’s imaginations.


Children’s books are a space and a place where each reader sets their own parameters, yet simultaneously reading nurtures and encourages the imaginations of our children to grow and flourish. Children books demonstrate that limits could and should be bounded by the imagination alone.


Malorie Blackman has written over sixty books and is acknowledged as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children’s books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature. Malorie Blackman was the Children’s Laureate 2013–15. Visit for more information.


World Book Day is an annual celebration of authors. illustrators, books and reading. Every year on World Book Day, thousands of school children dress up as their favourite children’s book characters to raise money for us, so we can send more brand new books to libraries and schools in Africa. Last year they raised over £120,000 – enough to send 60,000 books to communities where children would otherwise have extremely limited opportunities to read! Learn more about World Book Day here.

Visit our World Book Day resources page for fundraising ideas, classroom resources and costume guides. Fundraise for Book Aid International this World Book Day and share the joy of reading with children in communities where books are scarce.


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