Celebrating World Book Day

We're celebrating World Book Day today, which aims to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.

The Famous Five series is the nation's most loved children's books of all time. First published in 1942, the 21 books follow four adventurous young children, Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina, and her dog, Timmy. The books have topped a poll of most loved childhood novels. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory completed the top three.

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A study of parents of children found 82 per cent read to their little ones on a regular basis, with one in 5 doing so at least once a day. And many of us employ a host of storytelling techniques to capture the imagination of their little ones. These include using sound effects, dimming the lights, and even embellishing or tweaking the story. The study found 57% know every last word of some stories.

Children will be dressing up as their favourite book characters today, but parents say they are now being encouraged to go for a cheaper option when World Book Day is celebrated. Instead of shelling out for costumes or spending hours on homemade outfits, some schools are asking pupils to wear just one colour or take part in T-shirt decorating sessions.

To celebrate World Book Day, every young person in the UK will be offered a £1 book token.

Find out more about World Book Day and how you can get involved!

Here's what some of our team are reading right now!

Tim is reading Adrian Edmondson's book, Berserker!


Gary is reading Wham, George & Me.


John Reen is reading Surviving to Drive, by Italian-American motorsport engineer and former team manager, Guenther Steiner.

Let us know what you're reading at the moment in the comments below.


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