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 Carnegie Medal-winning author Tanya Landman to share what it is, for her, that makes children’s books so special:
Children’s books are an escape, a refuge, an adventure, an education; they give a reader comfort, joy, excitement, hope. They open minds and hearts and give imagination wings.
Opening a book is like stepping through a door into a different world where anything and everything is possible.
Tanya Landman has written numerous books for children and young people, including Buffalo Soldier, winner of the Carnegie Medal, Apache, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize, The Goldsmith’s Daughter, long-listed for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Sam Swann and Poppy Fields mystery series and the beautiful picture book Mary’s Penny. Her latest book Beyond the Wall is published by Walker Books in April.
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.