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 Cressida Cowell, author and illustrator of the amazing How to Train Your Dragon series. She’s here to share why she’ll be celebrating children’s books on World Book Day:
On World Book Day, I want to celebrate what children’s books can do for you. They can bring you closer as a family, as you enjoy something together. They can help develop not only reading skills, but critical thinking and empathy. They can spark your own creativity.
If I have to pick ONE reason, though, I would say that most of all, they are joyful. There’s an incredible variety of brilliant books, whatever you like to read. Whether you like books that make you laugh or cry (or both!), or fiction or non-fiction, there are children’s books in the world that will feel like they are written just for you to enjoy.
Cressida Cowell is the author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon book series, published by Hodder Children’s Books. She loves illustrating her own work, but also loves writing books for other people to illustrate as the end result can be so unexpected and inspiring. Cressida has written and illustrated eight books in the popular Hiccup series. The series is now published in over 30 languages and is also a major DreamWorks franchise. Also the author of picture books, Cressida has won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize 2006 and has been shortlisted for many others.
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.