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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.