World Book Day Top Ten Authors and Characters 2014


World Book Day 2014



Why do I love World Book Day?


Celebrate World Book Day


As a Child I was never without a book in my hand fact, I got so much enjoyment from reading a good bookI used to read them anywhere and everywhere! You can get truly lost in a fantasy world of your own, where you are merely led by the author hand in hand through some amazing stories that help keep your imagination sharp and alive.

Today I would like to show you some of my favourite books from the old timeless classic’s all the way to some of the latest books that must be on your list to read too.

So what are our favourite books?


Georges Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl


 ‘George’s Grandma is a grizzly, grumpy, selfish old woman with pale brown teeth and a small puckered up mouth like a dog’s bottom. Four times a day she takes a large spoonful of medicine, but it doesn’t seem to do her any good. She’s always just as poisonous after she’s taken it as she was before. When George is left to look after her one morning, it’s just the chance he needs’

 Mrs Pepperpot by Alf Prøysen


 ‘Mrs Pepperpot is as busy as always, and mindful that she is likely to shrink to the size of a Pepperpot at any time. She doesn’t know when or where it might happen, but she can be sure she’ll have an incredible adventure.’

The Milly Molly Mandy saga

by Joyce Lankester Brisley


 ‘Milly-Molly-Mandy lives in a tiny village in the heart of the countryside. She is always busy doing things, and whether she is earning money to give a party, minding the village shop, having a picnic or going sledging, you’re sure to have fun when Milly-Molly-Mandy’s around!’

My favorite of all was

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton


 “Seriously, I must have read this book  20 times or more throughout the years!”

‘The Magic Faraway Tree is the second story in the Faraway Tree series by the world’s best-loved children’s author, Enid Blyton. When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they discover the Faraway Tree, it proves to be the beginning of many magical adventures! Join them and their friends Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy as they discover which new land is at the top of the Faraway Tree. Will it be the Land of Spells, the Land of Treats, or the Land of Do-As-You-Please?’


As a Teenager I moved on to the Sweet Valley High books and read over 80 of them “oh if only I had the time these days”, I had quite an impressive bookshelf in our house. I had a great love for The babysitting club with over 60 of these books all listed in Alphabetical order on my giant book shelf!



Passing my love of books on to my Children

My son Jake has also grown up with a love of Books just like me! I think this has partly due to the fact that since being a toddler, I have read stories to my son, which I think is so important for development. We have always had a wide variety of books around the home and joined the local library when he was only a toddler, where we used to listen to Paddington Bear stories whilst eating Marmalade sandwiches!

The following book was high up on my son’s book list! Although we could go on for days about all of his favourite books.

The Very  Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle




As my son has matured over the years, his book collection has changed dramatically too. He just loves to relax whilst reading Japanese Manga, which is a cartoon style book that you actually read backwards!  He is also a big fan of the Beast Quest books and at the moment is reading the Hunger games Trilogy and enjoying them immensely, he actually prefers the books to the movie.


Dressing up for World Book Day

As a Teaching assistant I dressed up on many a World Book Day’s, my favourite outfit being when I dressed up as Mr Twit from Roald Dahl’s The Twits, I had a cushion in my shirt, braces on my trousers and topped it off with a beard full of messy food. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture to show you, but you would only have laughed.

My son doesn’t like dressing up and one year went to school in his PJ’s with a book in his hand. His teacher asked if he was the boy from The boy in the striped pajamas book, he answered No I have come as myself, wearing my pj’s and reading a book”, It did make the teacher laugh, and the story put a massive smile on my face too, when he returned home that evening.


They are plenty of fancy dress outfits available to buy to celebrate World Book day.The best outfits are always the ones you make yourself (I would suggest just getting a little creative). ‘Where’s Wally’ is a really easy and effective fancy dress outfit,  which is easy to make and very distinctive.


I would love to hear or see what outfits you have all come up with for World Book Day. It amazes me just how imaginative parents are, especially when putting together outfits for their little ones.

‘Not only that! Below are the results of a survey by, which will show you the Top 10 authors and fictional characters that have been voted by you the readers!  800 UK Parents have been asked to take part in a survey and the results are pretty amazing.’

Top Ten World Book day Characters voted by you

Harry Potter was voted No1 with over 12% of  the votes

The Gruffalo was voted in 2nd place with 2.4% of the votes

Peter Pan came in 3rd place with 2.2% of the votes

Noddy came in 4th place with 1.8% of the votes

Peppa Pig came in 5th place with 1.2% of the votes

Thomas The Tank Engine came in 6th place with 1.0% of the votes

Bob the Builder came in 7th place with 0.9% of the votes

Horrid Henry came in joint 7th place with 0.9% of the votes

Mickey Mouse came in 8th place with 0.7% of the votes

Batman came in 9th place with 0.6% of the votes

Cinderella came in joint 9th place with 0.6% of the votes

Tracey Beaker also came in joint 9th place with 0.6% of the votes

Black Beauty came in 10th place with 0.5% of the votes, proving that the classics are still alive!

Top Ten child’s favourite fictional Authors voted by you

J K Rowling came in 1st place with 10.5% of the votes

Enid Blyton came in 2nd place with 7.8% of the votes

Roald Dahl came in 3rd place with 6.3% of the votes

Julia Donaldson came in 4th place with 1.8% of the votes

David Williams  came in 5th place with 1.5% of the votes

Jacqueline Wilson came in joint  5th place with 1.5% of the votes

A A Milne came in 6th place with 1.0 % of the votes

JRR Tolkien came in 7th place with 0.5% of the votes

Michael Morpurgo came in joint 7th place with 0.5% of the votes

Terry Pratchett also came in 7th place with 0.5% of the votes

Anthony Horrowitz came in 8th place with 0.4% of the votes

Beatrix Potter came in 9th place with 0.4% of the votes

Cressida Cowell came in joint 9th place with 0.4% of the votes

Dr Seuss  came in joint 9th place with 0.4% of the votes

Roger Hargreaves came in 10th place with 0.3% of the votes

If you would like to know more about World Book Day on 6th March 2014,  visit the official site now

I would love to hear your thoughts on any of the above, Who are your favourite Author’s? Which books did you read as a Child? What books will you and your children be reading next?


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  1. says

    I was the same way…I loved (and still do) reading. My favorite book of all-time is The Stand by Stephen King because it was long and the character development was really good. I like a good book or series that lasts long. As a child, I went wild for Shel Silverstein books.

  2. Adin Blankenship says

    You are lucky you grew up with lots of books. I never really got to have lots of books growing up, but I do remember I used to read them. Well, before I was able to read I just pretend I was reading by looking at photos and telling stories about them. LOL! Anyway, my kids love books and I am happy about that. These sounds like great reading. The Milly Molly Mandy saga sounds like my little girl would love to hear.

  3. Melissa Smith says

    I had no idea it was World Book Day! I think I’ll use this as an excuse to read some of the Boxcar Children books I picked up for my daughter at a book sale out local library had this past fall.

  4. says

    Great post – great idea! I love reading and did a lot of it too. Apparantly I used to read to the class when I first started school :) confident little monkey I am!

    I love the idea of passing down books to my children,I think I might purchase a few of my favourite books from when I was small and read them to the kids :) xx

  5. Tammy S says

    I used to love Nancy drew when I was younger. I loved to read and have taught my kids that you can never have to many books.

  6. Danielle Stevenson says

    My favourite book when I was little was George’s Marvellous Medicine – so much so that I even have it on my Kindle now! I love all of the books listed here, so many good memories reading them :)

  7. Hayley F says

    i can’t remember having to dress up for world book day. I think the books by Roald Dahl will never stop being a classic x

  8. helen atkins says

    I love reading and hopefully my kids will enjoy it as much, World book day is a fantastic idea, we really enjoyed it this year.

  9. felicity smith says

    I love so many of these. I think my love of reading came from being read to a lot as a child. I have passed on this love by sitting reading out loud to others as often as possible

  10. Hazel Rea says

    Love the list. My kids still remember their favourite books from early childhood (I can recite them by heart of course!) – and we often talk about them or recite bits from them. My favourite book of all time is “Tom’s Midnight Garden”. It was the first story I read which had time travel in it and it started my love of science fiction and time travel stories. I think it’s wonderful how just one book can start you off on life long enjoyment.

  11. Sarah Bailey says

    Some fantastic reads – I wish World Book Day had been celebrated more when I was at school.

    Loving the costumes.

    #pastandpresent #thankyouforlinkingup


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