Happy World Book Day! Or commiserations if you’ve had the morning from hell, trying to get your children to dress up. It’s hard enough trying to get them dressed for a normal school day. Still, it makes a change from shouting “Shoes, shoes, SHOES” 3 minutes after you should have left eh?
If you read my other post : Fuck it, it’s World Book Day again you’ll know that I hate the dressing up part, but love the reading part. So I wanted to do a post about books. Specifically, children’s books.
This post is purely mine/Emily’s/Ruby’s opinion. I am not associated with these books in any way, and do not make any money from including them. These are just books that we love.
What is World Book Day?
“World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading.”
Excerpt taken from the World Book Day website.
15 million book tokens are provided to children in the UK every year. The tokens can be exchanged at local booksellers, where children can select 1 of 10 exclusive and brand new books free of charge. Or they can use the token to get £1 off any other book they have their eye on.
You can find out where you can use your tokens across the UK here.
World Book Day best reads
These are books that we’ve either read together or that Emily & Ruby have read independently.
The Wishing Chair
Join Mollie and Peter and their little pixie friend Chinky as they adventure to weird and wonderful places on their magic wishing chair.
The stories are charming and slightly bonkers, but good fun. Despite the first book in the omnibus being published in 1937 – 85 years ago, the stories haven’t really aged.
As a parent you might wonder just how Mollie and Peter manage to go on these adventures without their Mum noticing they’re missing. Or possibly cringe at a pixie being called Chinky – which is now slang for a Chinese takeaway. But unlike other Enid Blyton books you won’t have to keep saying Fanny or Dick, and listen to your children pissing themselves laughing.
Her other books aren’t porn by the way, names were a bit different back in the day. But if you do enjoy saying Fanny or Dick repeatedly, you can find them in The Faraway Tree of The Famous Five books.
There are 4 books in this series aimed at children between 6 and 11 years old. The story starts with a Space-obsessed little girl (Jax) coming into contact with a being from another planet. A tiny marmalade kitten with sparkly fur that smells like jelly beans, crash lands in her garden, and they soon become great friends.
Jax and Moonbeans (the cat) are set a series of missions to help improve the lives of people around them. Jax has recently moved to a new town where her Mum is setting up a cafe.
They are lovely books, exploring friendship, kindness, loyalty, loss, resilience and wonder. The books also come with delicious recipes and stickers.
Diary of a Wimpy kid
Poor old Gregg. He’s the suffering middle child of a family with 3 boys. His older brother a grumpy teenager, and his younger brother is enough to drive anyone loopy.
We love these books because Gregg gets himself into some silly situations which cause much laughter. He’s a little bit of a disaster area, which we can really relate to!
There are lots of books in the series which is great. Every book is a completely different story, so it doesn’t matter which one from the series you pick up to read. They are all quite funny and easy to read.
A series of unfortunate events
This is Emily’s current favourite series to read. She picked up a book from the school library and was barely able to put it down. She did start watching the series on Netflix, but decided to wait until she’d finished all the books so they weren’t spoilt by the TV series.
I haven’t had an opportunity to read them myself, because Emily likes to read these ones independently, but she’s really enjoying them.
These books are probably most suited for children with strong reading skills, or read by an adult to a younger child.
Tra la la laaa!! The Captain Underpants series of books is just daft. But also quite funny. George and Harold are the main characters who seem to constantly get themselves into trouble (accidentally). Their School Principal (that’s headteacher to us in the UK) turns into an underpant & cape wearing superhero whenever someone clicks their fingers. With often hilarious results.
The storyline is just bonkers – especially The Attack of the Talking Toilets, bud it is laugh out loud funny.
Yes, that’s Tom Fletcher from McFly fame. This book is seriously under-rated. I genuinely think this should be top of everybody’s World Book Day reading list.
It’s a really well written book, with a few passages where Tom speaks directly to the readers as the author. I love this, because it’s like he’s reading his book to the reader, and makes it much more of a 3D read.
This book has a strong female empowerment message behind it too. That a little girl like Lucy, can take charge of a whole town of children, take on and outsmart the Creakers, and rescue all the adults herself is fantastic. It also promotes friendship, inclusion, overcoming fears and acceptance of things/people that are different.
We’ve read this book countless times, and it never fails to make my girls laugh at some of the antics the children get up to.
My not-so favourite books to read for World Book Day
David Walliams Books
There are quite a few books by David Walliams now, and many have been made into mini films.
Ruby loves these books. Especially Raj, the unsung hero of the series. He makes her laugh out loud with his ridiculous special offers.
Emily is not a fan because she finds the stories very same-y and predictable.
I personally can’t stand these books. Every book follows a similar pattern : a destitute child, with almost useless parent(s) struggling with friendships, emotions and battling an evil grow up. The Mothers are usually absent from the child’s life, and the single Dads are all portrayed as absolutely useless. There are also a few snippets that really wind me up – mainly this passage from Mr Stink – Page 86 :
11) Unemployed people not to be allowed to claim benefit anymore. Dole scum only have themselves to blame and are just plain idle. Why should we pay for them to sit at home all day watching or appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show?
Personally, I think this is a terrible sweeping statement. Even children whose parents are receiving benefits can read. And I can’t imagine how reading this would make them feel. It’s just unnecessary to refer to anyone as “Dole Scum”.
For some reason, David Walliams is made out to be this generation’s Roald Dahl. But he really isn’t. He may have employed Quentin Blake to illustrate his books so they look similar, but the stories don’t contain the depth of character or magic that Roald Dahl achieves.
This world book day
For this World Book Day, make sure you spend your vouchers. Whether it’s in exchange for a free book, or used towards the purchase of a book your child really wants to read, just do it. You can never have too many books. Unless they’re David Walliams ones!
Read whatever, as much as you can.