20 reasons to celebrate children's books

The stepping stones to adulthood

16th 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 welcome Letterbox Library, a children’s booksellers celebrating quality and diversity. They’re here to share why for them, children’s books are so important:

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At their very best, books offer children stepping stones towards becoming the very best adults they can be. Which is why our children’s literature must always aspire to include, embrace, affirm and reflect all children. Rich narratives which empower every child to smile and say, ‘that’s me’ will mean every child will know that they have a place in the world and that we are listening to them.


Letterbox Library is a not-for-profit children’s booksellers committed to celebrating equality, diversity and inclusion in the very best of children’s books. They are also known for their special ‘issue’ books such as those tackling bereavement, bullying and family break up. In a nutshell, Letterbox Library aims to make as many lives visible as possible through their books. Letterbox Library selects books from a wide range of publishers in the UK and abroad and uses independent, expert reviewers to approve these for sale. Find out more about Letterbox Library 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.


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