Favourite books and stories
As we get used to spending more time at home, many of us are taking the opportunity to read more books, enjoying the chance to escape, discover new ideas or even learn a new skill.
Here, readers across the world talk about some of their favourite books and what reading means to them.
Shayma, 9, Syrian refugee in Lebanon
I like it when the teacher takes us to the library to read. I forget about the war and that I live in a tent.
Arita, 10, Rwanda
I read a picture book about an airplane and it opened up my eyes to the career that I want to pursue when I grow up.
Tobias, prisoner, Kenya
Libraries equip you with relevant knowledge of what is happening around us.
Dala, 11, Aida Refugee Camp, West Bank
When I read this story, I imagined myself travelling to all the places the writer describes.
Austin, 6, Kenya
It is the joyous power of picture books that made me into the young writer and painter that I am today.
Jamia, 16, Uganda
Before we had a library, I had learning from the teacher but now I can learn things for myself.
Christian, 6, Rwanda
I have always wanted to see a lion but I have never visited a national park. When I come to the library, I can find books where I can see pictures of lions and all the animals that live in a park. Now I say the library is my nearest park that I can visit.
Winnie, 19, Rwanda
‘Born A Crime’ by Trevor Noah and ‘I Am Malala’ taught me to never give up even though things seem to be so hard.
Raghad, volunteer librarian, West Bank
Every time I read ‘Each Kindness’ to the children, they tell me they don’t want to miss a chance to be kind to others and this lights something inside me.
Sarah, 12, Kenya
‘Olympic Promise’ is about a boy who love running, which was a talent in him. He became famous after achieving a lot. I kept trying to be like him and know what I was good at until I realised I was good at singing. One day I will excel in music.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this blog!
These quotes and book recommendations were originally published as part of our World Book Day celebrations in 2018. You can read the original article here.