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World Book Day – What was your favourite childhood book?

Caroline Leonard

It’s World Book Day today, - the biggest celebration of books and reading in the world! So what’s it all about? The main aim is to encourage children to read, discover and appreciate books by giving them one of their own. Basically millions of vouchers are sent to children and young people ‘more than 14 million’ across 100 countries all over the world. Vouchers are then exchanged for a free book from a local bookseller.

 What was your favourite childhood book or author? I remember mine being The Far Away Tree collection by British Children’s author Enid Blyton. I wonder if kids these days are lucky enough to still be reading those classics… are they even reading much anymore? My nephew is already swiping the iPad at 2 years!

 Yet I dare say, adults are doing much better, and need as much encouragement as children do in the reading department. Marking the occasion today, Richard Branson said “The more you read, the more you'll know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go!" I want to know, where though, people find the time to read these days? Other than on your commute to work; but in today’s mobile centred culture even this time is taken by staring down at your mobile device checking Facebook, Twitter, e-mails, and continuing where you left off in your Words with Friends game from the night before. I guess for those with a further commute to London may have the time to do both – has anyone managed to land themselves a free book today? Virgin Trains are giving them away at ticket stations up and down the country. 

 I’m not sure about you, but I’ll be switching off the TV, closing the laptop and getting stuck into D-Day tonight (brushing up on my history knowledge). I wonder how many books it has taken Richard Branson to get where he is today…