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20 reasons to celebrate children's books

The joy 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.

We are delighted to welcome Jim Smith, the award-winning author of the hilarious Barry Loser and Future Ratboy series. He’s here to share why, for him, children’s books should be celebrated:


Jim Smith


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

Jim Smith is the author and illustrator of the Barry Loser and Future Ratboy series, published by Egmont Publishing. His latest book Barry Loser and the birthday billions is out now. Here’s what Barry Loser himself has to say about Jim: Jim is the keelest kids’ book spellchecker in the whole wide world amen. He graduated from art school and went on to create the branding for a sweet little chain of coffee shops. He also designs cards and gifts under the name Waldo Pancake. As well as spellchecking, Jim offers a free smellchecking service with every book. These ones stink.


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 us this World Book Day and share the joy of reading with children in communities where books are scarce.