New Worlds Through Books

New Worlds Through Books: Hannah Russell

21st February 2018 | Blog

It’s World Book Day next 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 author Hannah Russell to the blog to tell us about a book which inspired her:

Don’t have time to watch the full video? Read the transcript below!

“Hi everyone, so it’s just me and Alfie over here. And today we are here with the fantastic Book Aid. And we are talking about which book inspired us when we were younger – or should I say me? Did you have any books that inspired you? Yes?  So we are talking about which book . . . oh Alfie’s in front of the camera, oh Alfie back up . . . So we’re talking about which book inspired me when I was younger and it has got to be this book My Secret Unicorn The Magic Spell by Linda Chapman.

This book was my whole childhood, it was absolutely amazing.

I got it for one of my birthdays when I was younger and it just completely opened up new worlds for me.

The magic inside this book made me want to read, it made me want to write and it just really got me into horses and everything I do now.

And Linda Chapman wrote a series of these books and I collected them all and I’ve still got them all now. I think they’re absolutely amazing. So this is the book that inspired us.”


Hannah Russell began writing books when a miniature Shetland pony called Little Alf came to live with her when she was 16. Her first book about Alf’s adventures was published when she was 17 and since then she and Little Alf have published four further books. Hannah and Little Alf travel across the UK each year signing books and sharing their story. To find out more about Little Alf visit his website.

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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