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20 reasons to celebrate children's books

20 reasons to celebrate

To mark the 20th anniversary of World Book Day, we teamed up with 20 top people from the world of children’s literature to bring you ‘2o reasons to celebrate children’s books’. We’ve been releasing a new reason every working day over the past month in the run up to World Book Day.

Here they all are for you to enjoy at once!

 

  1. Former Children’s Laureate and bestselling author of Noughts & Crosses, Malorie Blackman
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Children’s books entertain, illuminate, excite and educate but perhaps most importantly they stimulate our children’s imaginations.

Children’s books are a space and a place where each reader sets their own parameters, yet simultaneously reading nurtures and encourages the imaginations of our children to grow and flourish. Children books demonstrate that limits could and should be bounded by the imagination alone.

 

2. National Book Tokens

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Nothing else takes bookworms on such magical, extraordinary and exciting adventures . . . The adventures we go on when we read children’s stories are the adventures we remember for life, all ready to be discovered between the pages of a book.

3. Children’s author Zana Fraillon

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Children’s books express what the world could be, rather than what the world is – they open our minds to dream and imagine that which is beyond us. Children’s books grow hope.

4. Project Literacy

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Reading to children is one of the most powerful bonding experiences, where parents and children explore together a world of curiosity and excitement.

 

5. Award-winning children’s author Jim Smith

Jim Smith

 

We should celebrate kids’ books because a lot of them are very silly. And silly things are good.

 

6. Booker and Carngie Medal-winning author Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively

 

Reading allows a child to step beyond its own circumstances and enter other worlds, the imaginations of other people. Fact or fiction, books are an extension of experience, for children, for anyone.

 

7. Author and illustrator of How to Train Your Dragon series, Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell

 

There are children’s books in the world that will feel like they are written just for you to enjoy.

 

8. The Sunday Times Children’s Books Editor, Nicolette Jones

Nicolette Jones

 

Children who read grow up to make a kinder world. Books help youngsters to make sense of their lives and to realise their own potential.

 

9. Award-winning children’s author Piers Torday

Piers Torday

 

When a child loses themselves in the pages of a book, someone else’s story, they can discover the wonder of realising that they are no longer alone in their hopes and fears.

 

10. Letterbox Library

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At their very best, books offer children stepping stones towards becoming the very best adults they can be.

 

11. Children’s writer and illustrator Clara Vulliamy

Clara Vulliamy

 

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.

 

12. Critically acclaimed author David Almond

David Almond

 

Children read passionately, creatively, incisively. Children’s creativity should be respected and celebrated by us all. This is where all literary culture has its start.

 

13. Award-winning children’s author Elizabeth Laird

Elizabeth Laird

 

When a child reads a novel, she (or he) gets the chance to put on the shoes of the main character in the book and walk around in them for a while. She learns to understand someone else’s feelings and their point of view. This creates empathy, which makes a huge difference in furthering a child’s emotional development.

 

14. Children’s publisher Miles Kelly

Miles Kelly

When children develop a love for reading books at a young age, it will stay with them forever and open up a whole new world.

 

15. Carnegie Medal-winning author Tanya Landman

Tanya Landman

 

Opening a book is like stepping through a door into a different world where anything and everything is possible.

 

16. Children’s publishers Barrington Stoke

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Children’s books are incredible things – they offer entertainment, escape, excitement, the chance to develop empathy and understanding . . . If we develop a love of reading at an early age, we need never be bored again.

 

17. Bestselling children’s author/illustrator Rob Biddulph

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That first book, the one that you really, really love. That you ask for night after night after night. That book is your gateway into a world of imagination, fantasy, adventure and fun that will continue to nourish you for the rest of your life. That book is a TARDIS.

 

18. Children’s author Ross Welford

Ross Welford

 

Ask an adult what his or her favourite book is, and there’s a good chance that the answer will be a book from childhood . . . Proof, if it were needed, of the immense power of children’s books to spark the imagination long after the last page.

 

19. Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo

 

Perhaps what children need most in this ever more complex world, along with love and food and shelter and clean water, is to learn empathy, to understand the lives of others, the lives of creatures great and small, to discover the wonders and fragility of the earth around us.

Books are the best pathway to that understanding.  They open eyes, and hearts and minds.

 

20. Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell

 

Children’s books are engines for empathy.

They allow us to see through the eyes of others.

By transporting us to other worlds they help us to understand our own.

 

Huge thanks to all who contributed. It has been wonderful to be reminded of many of the reasons children’s books are so brilliant. Here’s to World Book Day and the impact that children’s books have on the lives of their readers.

 

If you fundraised for us on World Book Day, details of how to get your funds to us are here.

20 reasons to celebrate children's books

Engines for empathy

Happy World Book Day!

This World Book Day is particularly special as it’s the 20th anniversary – that’s 20 years of celebrating children’s books and the joy that reading can bring.

To mark this 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.

We’ve been releasing a new reason each working day over the past month.

We are delighted to have a very special person from the world of children’s literature provide our final reason to celebrate; Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.

 

Chris Riddell
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Children’s books are engines for empathy.

They allow us to see through the eyes of others.

By transporting us to other worlds they help us to understand our own.

In addition to his lovely quote, he was also kind enough to include an illustration:

Chris Riddell quote

 

Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children’s Book Award 2013. His previous work for Macmillan includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series. You can find out more about Chris and his books here and his role as Children’s Laureate 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.

 

Take a look at the rest of our ’20 reasons to celebrate children’s books’ series using the links below!

20 reasons to celebrate children's books

A pathway to understanding

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 one of Britain’s best-loved children’s authors, Michael Morpurgo to share why, for him, children’s books are so special:

 

Michael Morpurgo

 

 

Perhaps what children need most in this ever more complex world, along with love and food and shelter and clean water, is to learn empathy, to understand the lives of others, the lives of creatures great and small, to discover the wonders and fragility of the earth around us.

Books are the best pathway to that understanding.  They open eyes, and hearts and minds.

 

Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children’s Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year. Find out more about Michael and his 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.

 

20 reasons to celebrate children's books

Sparking imaginations long after the last page

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 very pleased to welcome the brilliant author of  Time Travelling With A Hamster, Ross Welford, to share why he believes children’s books should be celebrated:

 

Ross Welford

 

One of the great, and completely unexpected, joys of the last year has been seeing versions of Time Travelling With A Hamster appearing in other languages.

From Zeitreise Mit Hamster in German, and In Viaggio Nel Tempo Con Il Criceto in Italian to something I can’t even write in Korean, it’s a pleasing reminder of just how gloriously open are children’s minds.  Quite what a Korean ten year-old makes of the adventures of a mixed-race Geordie boy and his pet rodent I can’t tell, but my hope is that the child’s imagination will compensate for any cultural gaps.

That, surely, is the glory of storytelling: the ability to encourage the reader to experience in his or her imagination something that might never happen in real life.  As a writer, it’s a privilege to be allowed to play with someone’s imagination like that – even more so when it is a child whose imagination has not yet been stunted by the quotidian cares of adulthood.

Ask an adult what his or her favourite book is, and there’s a good chance that the answer will be a book from childhood.  Watership Down, perhaps, or Lord Of The Rings, or The Chronicles Of Narnia or something by Phillip Pullman. This June marks – incredibly – the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone, so there are now many grown-ups who will name this and its shelf-mates as their favourites.  Proof, if it were needed, of the immense power of children’s books to spark the imagination long after the last page.

I’d love to think that in twenty years’ time a Korean adult might name the story he read as a child about an English kid and his hamster as his favourite ever book!

 

Ross Welford was a magazine journalist and television producer in the UK before becoming an author. He lives in London with his young family, a border collie, a hamster, and several tropical fish. Time Travelling With A Hamster was his first book. His second book, What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible is out now, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

 

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.

 

20 reasons to celebrate children's books

A good children’s book is a TARDIS

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 bestselling author/illustrator Rob Biddulph to share why he believes children’s books are so brilliant:

 

Rob Biddulph

 

A good children’s book is a TARDIS. When you open the cover and step inside you aren’t in your little bedroom with mummy or daddy any more. You are in the forest hunting Gruffalo. You are getting home from school and inviting tigers round to tea. You are a viking training dragons on the Isle of Berk. You are flying kites with penguins, seals and polar bears in the Antarctic.

That first book, the one that you really, really love. That you ask for night after night after night. That book is your gateway into a world of imagination, fantasy, adventure and fun that will continue to nourish you for the rest of your life. That book is a TARDIS.

Rob Biddulph is a bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator whose first picture book, Blown Away, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2015. His second, GRRRRR!, was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal and his third, Odd Dog Out, was published in August 2016. His fourth picture book, Sunk!, will be published in March 2017 by HarperCollins Children’s Books. As well as working on his own books he also illustrates for other authors including Piers Torday, David Solomons and Christian O’Connell.  Before he became a full-time author/illustrator he was the art director of the Observer Magazine, NME, Uncut, SKY and Just Seventeen.

 

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.

 

With children’s books, we need never be bored again

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 Mairi Kidd, Managing Director of children’s publisher Barrington Stoke to share why, for her, children’s books deserve to be celebrated:

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Children’s books are incredible things – they offer entertainment, escape, excitement, the chance to develop empathy and understanding. The experiences they offer can be scary or uplifting, they can make us laugh or make us cry, and they give us a safe ‘space’ to confront our fears and other emotions. Many children’s books have stunning illustrations by some of the leading artists working today. They don’t need a power source and they fit in a pocket or a bag with ease. If we develop a love of reading at an early age, we need never be bored again.

 

The Pavee and the Buffer Girl

 

But that’s a big ‘if’. Some people struggle with reading, because of dyslexia, visual stress, eyesight issues, language issues, or myriad other challenges. Jim Curran is one of these people; in fact he can’t read at all. Jim is the main character in The Pavee and the Buffer Girl, our beautiful new adaptation of a Siobhan Dowd story by illustrator Emma Shoard. He is a Traveller boy, and his experience of education has been very disrupted: “In the last school, a year ago, he’d picked up a black eye and a bruised collarbone in two weeks, but no reading. The thought of all those books with the ugly black marks like secret codes was worse than all the fights put together.”

That’s a pretty miserable statement, but there’s lots that can be done to help. Charities like Dyslexia Action work to support adults and children who struggle with literacy due to dyslexia. Our own books are published with a dyslexia-friendly typeface and special layout and edit tweaks to help, and we publish age-appropriate content at a range of reading ages so no big, mature 10 or 11-year-old has to read a ‘baby book’ because they find reading tough – for whatever reason.

 

The Covers of my Book are Too Far Apart

 

Some people don’t struggle with reading, but they don’t ever fall in love with it either. This may be because they’ve never met the right book at the right time – and they may have met a lot of the wrong ones. There are – whisper it! – bad books out there, and sometimes children tell adults they don’t like a book and WE DON’T LISTEN. Our new picture book The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart looks at ‘reading grumbles’ including those old chestnuts ‘reading’s rubbish’ and ‘I don’t have time’ and unpicks some of the reasons behind a dislike of books. We hope it will be useful in encouraging adults and children to talk about books and reading, and in helping us all listen to what children have to say, so we can help them get to a book that speaks to them.

 

Barrington Stoke specialises in ‘cracking reading’, publishing super-readable children’s books that break down the barriers that can stop kids getting into reading. Our first-rate short fiction brings together the very best children’s authors and illustrators in the UK with a host of unique accessibility features to offer cracking reads accessible to more children including those with dyslexia or visual stress. Find out more about Barrington Stoke 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.

 

Opening a book is like stepping through a door

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 Carnegie Medal-winning author Tanya Landman to share what it is, for her, that makes children’s books so special:

 

Tanya Landman

 

Children’s books are an escape, a refuge, an adventure, an education; they give a reader comfort, joy, excitement, hope. They open minds and hearts and give imagination wings.

Opening a book is like stepping through a door into a different world where anything and everything is possible.

 

Tanya Landman has written numerous books for children and young people, including Buffalo Soldier, winner of the Carnegie Medal, Apache, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize, The Goldsmith’s Daughter, long-listed for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Sam Swann and Poppy Fields mystery series and the beautiful picture book Mary’s Penny. Her latest book Beyond the Wall is published by Walker Books in April.

 

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.

 

20 reasons to celebrate children's books

Developing a lifelong love of reading

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 children’s publishers Miles Kelly to share why, for them, children’s books should be celebrated on World Book Day:

 

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When children develop a love for reading books at a young age, it will stay with them forever and open up a whole new world. A simple dinosaur fact book may lead to a career as a palaeontologist, or an adventure story may encourage them to draw, imagine and create. The possibilities are literally endless and all from such a simple catalyst.

 

Children are naturally curious and creative and the team at Miles Kelly produces every book with this in mind, with the hope that our small contribution to a child’s life will inspire them to be discover the world!

 

Books are small and commonplace, but extremely influential – and importantly, fun for the whole family with so much choice available!

 

Miles Kelly is an independent children’s book publishers whose ethos is to create ‘Children’s books to inspire and share’ with the aim of reaching as many children as possible, spreading the joy of reading. The in-house team of editors and designers work with reputable international authors and illustrators to create carefully planned and beautifully designed books for kids aged 3–12 years old. From non fiction books for kids packed with awesome facts and dramatic photography to large collections of classic children’s books illustrated with specially commissioned artwork, there’s something for every child. Find out more about Miles Kelly 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.

 

20 reasons to celebrate children's books

Walking around in someone else’s shoes

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 award-winning children’s author Elizabeth Laird who’s here to share why, for her, children’s books are so special:

 

Elizabeth Laird

 

When a child reads a novel, she (or he) gets the chance to put on the shoes of the main character in the book and walk around in them for a while. She learns to understand someone else’s feelings and their point of view. This creates empathy, which makes a huge difference in furthering a child’s emotional development. If every child grew up with more understanding of other people, think how much less fear and violence there would be in the world.

Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award-winning author of several much-loved children’s books, including The Garbage King, The Prince Who Walked with Lions and The Fastest Boy in the World. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal six times. She lives in Britain now, but still likes to travel as much as she can. Her latest book Welcome to Nowhere is published by Macmillan Children’s Books. Find out more about Elizabeth 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.

 

20 reasons to celebrate children's books

Children’s books: where literary culture has its start

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 David Almond, the critically acclaimed author of many children’s books including Skellig. Here’s here to share why he believes children’s books are so special:

 

David Almond

 

The children’s book department is a place of great creativity, freedom and experimentation. Children’s books come in an amazing range of forms. They are serious, barmy, solemn and hilarious, just like children are themselves.

 

Don’t believe the boring pessimists who try to say that children don’t read. Children read passionately, creatively, incisively. Children’s creativity should be respected and celebrated by us all. This is where all literary culture has its start.

 

David Almond is the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, The Savage, The Tightrope Walkers, A Song for Ella Grey and many other novels, stories and plays. His work is translated into over 40 languages and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His major awards include The Carnegie Medal, two Whitbreads, The Michael L Printz Award, Le Prix Sorcieres, The Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. In 2010 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world’s most prestigious prize for children’s authors. His innovative, boundary-breaking work is loved by readers of all ages, and receives widespread critical acclaim. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. You can find out more about David and his 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.