World Book Day

2 Mar

“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.” -Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

It is World Book Day today in the UK, Ireland and I believe the US is participating this year as well. World Book Day is a celebration of reading, with the goal of inspiring children to read, with the hope that they will discover the joy that comes from reading books…leaving them hooked on books. To accomplish this, schools and nurseries will be provided with packs of book tokens and age-ranged resource packs, so that every child has access to a book. We are talking about millions of book vouchers here. More than 14 million in fact. My childhood would have been very different if I had not been introduced to the world of books at an early age, and when I say different, I mean lonely. So, hooray for World Book Day! Like Dr. Seuss says “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” It’s so true, and what better time to start a life long affair with learning, then to do it at an early age when the wonder of life still fills you with awe.

With the topic of reading on the brain, I am starting to get rather excited by the prospect of reading a book a month so that I can review it on here. I recently delved into a copy of Tinkers by Paul Harding, and look forward to sharing my thoughts on it with you. One of my clients recommended this book to me, and so far I am glad I picked up a copy. I have a growing list of books I want to tackle this year, and am starting to compile a wish list in terms of my monthly read. Via the post, I just received a copy of Vanessa Farquharson’s Sleeping Naked is Green, and cannot wait to break in the spine on that book.

Thanks to Shakespeare and Co., I was introduced to this great list of books. It’s the 10 new must-reads for March determined by the folks at Flavorwire.
I envy the readers who will devour all of these titles in the month of March. I already have my book for March, but will keep these titles in mind for future reviews.


One Response to “World Book Day”

  1. Nancy lodge May 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Hi Drea, I hope it’s not poor etiquette for a writer, whose manuscript you are reading, to comment on one of your posts. I wanted to tell you how much I agree with you about a child’s joy. How lucky those people are who still have the ability to see the world through the eyes of a child.
    Kenneth Grahame expressed this concept so beautifully.

    “Children are the only people who accept a mood of wonderment, who are ready to welcome a perfect miracle at any hour of the day or night. Only a child can entertain an angel unawares, or to meet Sir Launcelot in shining armor on a moonlit road.”
    Kenneth Grahame, letter to E. Shephard

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