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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.

 

20 reasons to celebrate children's books

Books that feel like they’re written just for you

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:

 

Cressida Cowell

 

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.