New Worlds Through Books

New Worlds Through Books: Alice Hemming

16th February 2018 | Blog

It’s World Book Day on Thursday 1st March!

In the run up, we’re celebrating the power of books to change lives and are asking authors and readers to tell us about a book which opened a door to a new world for them when they were young. That might be a book which sparked their imagination or inspired a new hobby or even led them to learn a new skill.

Today we’re delighted to welcome children’s author Alice Hemming to tell us about a book which inspired her:


Alice Hemming
Alice Hemming


“As a child, I don’t remember feeling restricted by the age categories of books.  I would happily browse the adult and children’s shelves in my local library and pick out whatever looked interesting.

At the age of seven I was drawn to a book in a second hand bookshop called Yoga for Busy People.

The book had a hardback orange cover and just a few black and white illustrations.  Something about it must have appealed and I bought it with my pocket money.

I decided that I was a yogini and spent many hours perfecting my lotus position and back bend

(I missed out all the ‘boring’ bits about breathing and meditation).  I no longer have the book as I lent it to a friend but I still enjoy yoga and have practised off and on ever since.”


Alice Hemming is a children’s author based in Hertford.  She has had over thirty books published, including picture books and reading scheme texts.  She has also written for websites, reading schemes and even a talking bear!  Her next book, Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo (illustrated by Kathryn Durst) will be out in April and has been selected for the Reading Agency’s Summer Library Challenge 2018.

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 and beyond. Last year they raised over £140,000 – enough to send 70,000 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 tips, 30 brand new classroom activities and 43 costume guides.

Fundraise for Book Aid International this World Book Day and celebrate the power of books to open doors to new worlds!



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