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Sharing Our Favourite Stories on World Book Day

World Book Day is a fantastic opportunity for schools and organisations around the world to celebrate our love of reading. Whether it is attending school or work dressed as your favourite fictional character, or baking delicious book-themed treats, we recognise the joy that reading can bring.

There is no feeling like being absorbed into a fictional world, rooting for characters and letting them inspire us in our own reality.

As such, we would like to share with you some of our (and our children’s) favourite books.

 

Anna Stewart – Marketing and PR Manager

As an avid bookworm, it was really difficult to narrow down my favourite books to just a handful! But I would say that my favourite books are Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling and Turtles all the Way Down by John Green. Since it is a well-known book series, I won’t bore you with the synopsis of the Harry Potter books, but Prisoner of Azkaban remains my favourite as it is when we meet Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black, one of my favourite characters. It also introduces of the creepiest creatures in the wizarding world – the Dementors!

I have also been a huge fan of Young Adult author and vlogger, John Green. His most recent novel Turtles All the Way Down, follows 16-year-old Aza Holmes, who suffers from the same mental illness as the writer of this book – OCD. John Green leaves nothing to hide as he delves into the spiralling thoughts of Aza, creating a raw and powerful image of how someone may look completely normal on the outside, whilst being trapped within their own mind.

 

Clair Freeman – Educational Consultant

One of my favourite books is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I have read this book several times and find it a fascinating read. Also, each time I pick it up again, I always find a new message to take away with me.

My favourite books to read to my children are The Chronicles of Narnia  by C.S. Lewis, in particular, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. My children enjoy this book the most because their favourite character is the wise leader of the realm, Aslan the lion. When they were younger, our favourite bedtime stories centred around the works of Julia Donaldson, in particular The Snail and the Whale.  It is such a wonderfully rhythmical text, where the lyrics roll with the waves and stillness of the ocean, creating vivid imagery for young readers!

 

Matthew Smith – Operations Manager

Mark Haddon’s popular novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of my favourite books to read. I enjoy how it is written from the perspective of a young, autistic boy, Christopher Bone. He knows all the countries of the world, including their capitals and is a mathematics prodigy, especially when it comes to prime numbers. He lives by strict rules and anything that happens out of the ordinary confuses him, as he struggles with everyday interactions. Then, when he discovers his neighbour’s dog has been killed with a pitchfork, it sends him on a Sherlock-style journey to find the killer, forcing him to move outside his comfort zone of prime numbers and particular colours and finally face his fears.

 

Emma Benson – Lead Account Manager

My favourite book is The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Not only is this an fantasy story jam-packed with entertaining characters and plot-lines, the way in which the story is narrated adds another quirky element. You are consistently interrupted by the author, which is something you don’t come across in many novels, but makes for a hilarious read! For those who have seen the film – don’t judge a book by its cover, as the book is always better than someone else’s interpretation!

 

Louise Lynn – Account Manager

The two staple reads amongst my children and me is the Dinosaur that Pooped range by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter. These are hilarious, quirky stories with fantastic illustrations that they want to read again and again!

Another book that I enjoyed reading when I was a child and have passed onto my children now, is The Tiger That Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. First published in 1968, this children’s books still remains a popular reading choice to this day, almost fifty years! This just shows that this classic story will never seem to grow old amongst young readers.

 

Paula Walker – Director of Pupil Engagement

Graeme Simsion’s novel The Rosie Project remains one of my favourite novels. It follows the quirky character Don Tillman, who is unknowingly living with Asperger’s Syndrome. As someone who maintains an orderly life with strict rules and habits, his whole routine becomes disrupted when he encounters bartender Rosie. As he agrees to help her find her biological father, he also finds himself falling for someone who completely contradicts his criteria for a woman he thought he would be attracted to. It’s a heart-warming story of Don discovering that love is one thing that does not follow the same logic as everything else.

Another favourite is Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. Elizabeth is Missing is a bitter sweet story that stayed with me and I immediately warmed to Maud, the protagonist. The novel follows Maud as she tries to unravel the mystery of her friend Elizabeth’s disappearance, whilst battling with her own fading memory. A great plot that manages to mix comedy and drama so well while being a mystery at heart.

 

Steve Cousins – South of England Sales Consultant

A book I thoroughly enjoyed reading alongside my nephew, is Holes by Louis Sacher. The book follows unlucky teen Stanley Yelnats who is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile correction facility out in the Texan desert. We enjoyed the complex characters, plot lines and how this novel wasn’t afraid to tackle sensitive subjects. A brilliant read that still remains a popular Young Adult novel to this day.

Another favourite of mine and my nephew’s is His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. This is a trilogy of fantasy novels that move between parallel worlds that all share similarities to our own, however big or small, as well as creating worlds widely different and magical to our own by bending our known concepts of science and physiology. A staple read for young adults.

 

Stuart Freeman – Educational Consultant and SEND Specialist

One of my favourite books that I enjoy reading to my daughter is Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton and every single Mr Men and Little Miss book! It’s exciting to know that the Mr Men and Little Miss books are just as popular even today, since they started rolling out in 1971! One of the most recent ones to be published was Little Miss Inventor. The publishers held a competition for readers to submit a machine that would stop Mr Bump from getting into accidents, with the top inventions being mentioned in this book.

 

Louise Walker – Account Manager

One of my son’s favourite teen book series is Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz. This collection of spy novels follows teenager, Alex, as he is recruited by MI6 to help foil deadly plots to help save populations around the world. So far the series compromises of eleven novels, five graphic novels and a video game!

 

If you are wanting to get involved with World Book Day Celebrations, you can find an abundance of resources and activities on the official website.

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