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 bestselling author/illustrator Rob Biddulph to share why he believes children’s books are so brilliant:
A good children’s book is a TARDIS. When you open the cover and step inside you aren’t in your little bedroom with mummy or daddy any more. You are in the forest hunting Gruffalo. You are getting home from school and inviting tigers round to tea. You are a viking training dragons on the Isle of Berk. You are flying kites with penguins, seals and polar bears in the Antarctic.
That first book, the one that you really, really love. That you ask for night after night after night. That book is your gateway into a world of imagination, fantasy, adventure and fun that will continue to nourish you for the rest of your life. That book is a TARDIS.
Rob Biddulph is a bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator whose first picture book, Blown Away, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2015. His second, GRRRRR!, was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal and his third, Odd Dog Out, was published in August 2016. His fourth picture book, Sunk!, will be published in March 2017 by HarperCollins Children’s Books. As well as working on his own books he also illustrates for other authors including Piers Torday, David Solomons and Christian O’Connell. Before he became a full-time author/illustrator he was the art director of the Observer Magazine, NME, Uncut, SKY and Just Seventeen.
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.