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Checha Primary School reader, Kenya

Favourite books and stories

As we get used to spending more time at home, many of us are taking the opportunity to read more books, enjoying the chance to escape, discover new ideas or even learn a new skill.

Here, readers across the world talk about some of their favourite books and what reading means to them.

 

Shayma, 9, Syrian refugee in Lebanon

 

Reading at a library in Lebanon
Children enjoy a reading activity at a library in Lebanon

I like it when the teacher takes us to the library to read. I forget about the war and that I live in a tent.

Arita, 10, Rwanda

 

Arita and friends reading
Arita (right) reads with two friends at the library

I read a picture book about an airplane and it opened up my eyes to the career that I want to pursue when I grow up.

Tobias, prisoner, Kenya

 

Prisoners in Kenya
Prisoners using books in a class in Kenya

Libraries equip you with relevant knowledge of what is happening around us.

Dala, 11, Aida Refugee Camp, West Bank

 

Dala
Dala and her favourite book Where To?

When I read this story, I imagined myself travelling to all the places the writer describes.

Austin, 6, Kenya

 

Austin
Austin

It is the joyous power of picture books that made me into the young writer and painter that I am today.

Jamia, 16, Uganda

 

Jamia
Jamia in her school library with some of the books she likes reading there

Before we had a library, I had learning from the teacher but now I can learn things for myself.

Christian, 6, Rwanda

 

Christian
Christian

I have always wanted to see a lion but I have never visited a national park. When I come to the library, I can find books where I can see pictures of lions and all the animals that live in a park. Now I say the library is my nearest park that I can visit.

Winnie, 19, Rwanda

 

Winnie
Winnie reading in the library

‘Born A Crime’ by Trevor Noah and ‘I Am Malala’ taught me to never give up even though things seem to be so hard.

Raghad, volunteer librarian, West Bank

 

Raghad
Raghad (far right) with some of the children at her library

Every time I read ‘Each Kindness’ to the children, they tell me they don’t want to miss a chance to be kind to others and this lights something inside me.

Sarah, 12, Kenya

‘Olympic Promise’ is about a boy who love running, which was a talent in him. He became famous after achieving a lot. I kept trying to be like him and know what I was good at until I realised I was good at singing. One day I will excel in music.

 

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this blog!

These quotes and book recommendations were originally published as part of our World Book Day celebrations in 2018. You can read the original article here.

 

New Worlds Through Books

New Worlds Through Books

Every World Book Day, we celebrate the power of books to change lives. This year, we’re celebrating how books can open doors to new worlds; helping people discover new ideas, imagine new futures and learn new skills.

In the run up to World Book Day, we’ve been asking authors and readers to tell us about the books that inspired them when they were young.

Take a look below to see them all – and pick up some book recommendations along the way!

 

Shayma, 9, Syrian refugee in Lebanon

 

Reading at a library in Lebanon
Children enjoy a reading activity at a library in Lebanon

I like it when the teacher takes us to the library to read. I forget about the war and that I live in a tent.

Jacqueline Wilson

I read ‘I Capture the Castle’ by Dodie Smith when I was eleven. I was hooked from the first brilliant paragraph. I’d found the way I wanted to write.

Arita, 10, Rwanda

 

Arita and friends reading
Arita (right) reads with two friends at the library

I read a picture book about an airplane and it opened up my eyes to the career that I want to pursue when I grow up.

Cerrie Burnell

It’s like a doorway back into history learning about these women’s amazing lives and I just think it’s so inspiring.

Learn more about how Cerrie has been inspired by Little Women here.

Tobias, prisoner, Kenya

 

Prisoners in Kenya
Prisoners using books in a class in Kenya

Libraries equip you with relevant knowledge of what is happening around us.

Alice Hemming

I decided that I was a yogini and spent many hours perfecting my lotus position and back bend.

Read Alice’s piece in full here.

Dala, 11, Aida Refugee Camp, West Bank

 

Dala
Dala and her favourite book Where To?

When I read this story, I imagined myself travelling to all the places the writer describes.

Elizabeth Wein

And the story just absolutely transformed my life. It made me go and try to learn medieval Welsh when I was at university, it made me become a student of folklore which I eventually got a PhD in.

Find out more about how The Owl Service inspired Elizabeth here.

Austin, 6, Kenya

 

Austin
Austin

It is the joyous power of picture books that made me into the young writer and painter that I am today.

Hannah Russell (and Little Alf)

The magic inside this book made me want to read, it made me want to write and it just really got me into horses and everything I do now.

Find out more about how My Secret Unicorn inspired Hannah  here.

Jamia, 16, Uganda

 

Jamia
Jamia in her school library with some of the books she likes reading there

Before we had a library, I had learning from the teacher but now I can learn things for myself.

Yaba Badoe

Reading the stories was balm to a lost soul struggling to make sense of peculiar English rituals such as Elevenses . . . Given the exotic weirdness of every-day life around me, it’s not surprising that the Brothers’ Grimm were such a comfort to me or that the themes I return to again and again in the stories I write are to do with rupture and dislocation.

Read more about how Yaba was inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales here.

Christian, 6, Rwanda

 

Christian
Christian

I have always wanted to see a lion but I have never visited a national park. When I come to the library, I can find books where I can see pictures of lions and all the animals that live in a park. Now I say the library is my nearest park that I can visit.

Katherine Rundell

It’s so sharp and funny and wise it makes me want to howl with jealousy whenever I read it; I am so grateful it exists.

Find out more about how Katherine was inspired by Charmed Life here.

Winnie, 19, Rwanda

 

Winnie
Winnie reading in the library

‘Born A Crime’ by Trevor Noah and ‘I Am Malala’ taught me to never give up even though things seem to be so hard.

Julian Clary

When I read about what they got up to in that book and the adventures they had on the boat, I thought ‘this is the sort of life I’m going to lead’.

Find out more about how Julian was inspired by Swallows and Amazons here.

Raghad, volunteer librarian, West Bank

 

Raghad
Raghad (far right) with some of the children at her library

Every time I read ‘Each Kindness’ to the children, they tell me they don’t want to miss a chance to be kind to others and this lights something inside me.

Holly Smale

I carried Anne everywhere with me, tucked in my school bag . . . Knowing she was there made me feel stronger, more capable, prouder and more dignified.

Read more about how Holly was inspired by Anne of Green Gables here.

Sarah, 12, Kenya

‘Olympic Promise’ is about a boy who love running, which was a talent in him. He became famous after achieving a lot. I kept trying to be like him and know what I was good at until I realised I was good at singing. One day I will excel in music.

 

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our campaign, it’s been wonderful to share in all the ways books inspire and open eyes, minds and hearts. Here’s to World Book Day and the power of books to transform lives!

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

 

New Worlds Through Books

New Worlds Through Books: Cerrie Burnell

It’s World Book Day on Thursday 1st March!

In the run up, we’re celebrating the power of books to change lives and are asking authors and readers to tell us about a book which opened a door to a new world for them when they were young. That might be a book which sparked their imagination or inspired a new hobby or even led them to learn a new skill.

Today we’re delighted to have children’s author Cerrie Burnell on the blog to tell us about a book which inspired her:

Don’t have time to watch the video? Read Cerrie’s submission below!

“Hello my name’s Cerrie Burnell and I am an author and I would like to talk to you about the book I wish I had read when I was little.

So, I’m severely dyslexic, it’s a well documented fact, I couldn’t do any of my own reading when I was little so I couldn’t read any books at all.

But my mum – I’ve got a very lovely mummy – and she read me loads of gorgeous stories – Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, The Faraway Tree.

But one book that she didn’t read to me is this book and it’s called Little Women and it’s by Louisa May Alcott. So I found this book as a grown up, as an adult and I actually saw it as a TV series.

The BBC did a beautiful adaptation and I found it so moving and so beautiful and really relevant to my life today even though it was written 150 years ago. And it’s a story about four women and they live in a farmhouse and they have all of these different challenges and difficulties to face and one of them, my favourite character, Jo, she wants to be a writer and all of the things that she has to battle in order to become a writer – her sister throws away one of her books and then she’s struggling to get another story published and then some of her family don’t want her to go into writing.

All of those things are very similar to some of the challenges that myself and my friends are facing today, especially my female friends. So I rushed out to the shops and I read this book and I just found it so amazing.

It’s like a doorway back into history learning about these women’s amazing lives and I just think it’s so inspiring.

If I had read this book when I was little, it would definitely have given me the motivation to write about things that are important to me. So I think it’s a really beautiful, beautiful lesson in finding books that inspire you, that encourage you to do great things in the world and that tell stories that are powerful and relevant.”

 

Cerrie Burnell is the author of numerous children’s books and picture books including the brilliant  Harper series of books. Cerrie can be found tweeting at @cerrieburnell

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 and beyond. Last year they raised over £140,000 – enough to send 70,000 books to communities where children would otherwise have extremely limited opportunities to read! Learn more about World Book Day here.

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