World Book Day 2014
Why do I love 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 book, I 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 fancydressball.co.uk, 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?