Entering other worlds through children’s books

10th 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.

Today, we are delighted to welcome the Booker and Carnegie Medal award-winning author Penelope Lively to share why, for her, children’s books are so special:

 

Penelope Lively

 

When a child reads a book a whole new experience is opened up. Reading allows a child to step beyond its own circumstances and enter other worlds, the imaginations of other people. Fact or fiction, books are an extension of experience, for children, for anyone.

Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short-story collections for both adults and children. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize: once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark. She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger. She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award. She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year’s Honours List, and DBE in 2012. Penelope Lively lives in London. Visit her website here.

 

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 Book Aid International, 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 us this World Book Day and share the joy of reading with children in communities where books are scarce.

 

You may also like

Want to hold your very own World Book Day fundraiser? We've 20 fab fundraising ideas!
Read more >
The author of the hilarious Barry Loser series shares why, for him, children's books should be celebrated on World Book Day.
Read more >
Our collection of costume guides includes quick-to-make costumes as well as more elaborate dress up options. Who will you be on World Book Day?
Read more >