20 reasons to celebrate children's books

Adventures in picture books

17th 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 children’s writer and illustrator Clara Vulliamy to share what, for her, makes children’s books so special:


Clara Vulliamy


Children’s books are something to celebrate because they are truly an astounding magic trick! And I’d like to wave the flag and make some special noise for the illustrations.


Wherever in the world a child is, or whatever their circumstances, the chance to lose themselves in the pictures of a book, savouring every detail at their own pace and dreaming up stories of their own, may be comforting, thrilling, hilarious, serious, transporting – but it is always an adventure. An adventure entirely unique to them.


Not everybody can read words, but everybody can read a picture.


Clara Vulliamy has illustrated over 35 children’s books and has been published by HarperCollins, Orchard Books, Random House and Walker Books . She is the daughter of author and illustrator, Shirley Hughes and together they created the Dixie O’Day series. She lives in Twickenham with her husband and has two grown-up daughters. Find out more about Clara and her fantastic books 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 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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