World Book Day 2020

Around 100 countries celebrate World Book Day and Thursday 5th March is World Book Day in the United Kingdom and Ireland; other countries celebrate on 23rd April. It was originally organised by UNESCO in 1995 to promote reading, as well as publishing and copyright, and has certainly stood the test of time. Booksellers hold promotions and schools hold ‘dress as a favourite book character’ days.

In honour of the day I have listed my A to Z of favourite books, from wonderful picture-based books to intriguing tales for the early teen years:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll

Bear Called Paddington, A: Michael Bond

Charlotte’s Web: E. B. White

Dogger: Shirley Hughes

Emil and the Detectives: Erich Kästner

Frog and Toad Are Friends: Arnold Lobel

Goodnight Mister Tom: Michelle Magorian

House at Pooh Corner: A. A. Milne

Iron Man: Ted Hughes

Jolly Postman, The: Janet & Allan Ahlberg

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table: Roger Lancelyn Green

Little Bear Lost: Jane Hissey

Meg and Mog: Helen Nicholl

Nothing Ever Happens Here: Sarah Hagger-Holt

Owl Service, The: Alan Garner

Peace at Last: Jill Murphy

Queen’s Nose, The: Dick King-Smith

Revolting Rhymes: Roald Dahl

Smith: Leon Garfield

Tracy Beaker, The Story of: Jacqueline Wilson

Uncle: J. P. Martin

Very Hungry Caterpillar, The: Eric Carle

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Michael Rosen

X – Jessica’s X-Ray: Pat Zonta

You Must Be Layla: Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Za-za’s Baby Brother: Lucy Cousins

As a very subjective guide I have used font emphasis to denote age ranges:
Normal = 0-5 years; Italic = 6-8 years;
Bold = 9-11 years; Bold Italic = 12-13 years

Please add your favourites – mine is no way exhaustive. I would have included The Magic Pudding, many, many Roald Dahl, The Thirty Fifth of May, etc. I decided to list just one from each favourite author, and to try to have a spread from the age range covered.

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Thank you for reading.