It’s World Book Day!

Today is World Book Day and all over the country authors, publishers and illustrators will be encouraging children to read exciting novels!

Take a look at what some of our Curious Fox authors have to say about World Book Day and what it means to them…

Sharon Gosling, author of The Diamond Thief

World Book Day is a brilliant event that helps excite youngsters about reading. It’s one of my favourite days of the year!

 Luisa Plaja, author of Diary of a Mall Girl

My first novel was published a few years ago on World Book Day – the perfect day to become an author! On the big day, quivering slightly, I turned up at my first ever WBD school event. The staff and students quickly put me at my ease, and the school have hosted me every year since that lovely day. (Huge thanks to Newton Abbot College in Devon!) World Book Day means the – ahem – WORLD to me. Schools schedule imaginative events, authors make visits and enthuse bookishly, children dress up as fictional characters, students of all ages clutch their tokens and choose their ideal book… and together we all celebrate the wonder of reading. Happy World Book Day, everyone!

Luisa Plaja xxx

Stewart Ross, Author of Soterion Mission

World Book Day? No such thing! You mean World Book WEEK: seven crazy-mazy, hurly-burly, hugger-mugger, crush-rush, smash-dash days of talking and chatting to dozens and dozens of children and students from weens to teens, off stage and onstage, on line and on page. Love it! The one week in the year when words come first.

Alex Woolf, author of Soul Shadows

In a world where there are so many competing demands on children’s attention, it’s great to have a day when the focus is on books. Anything that encourages a child to pick up a book has to be a good thing. After all, it only takes one book to inspire a lifelong love of reading. I did an event on WBD in 2011 at Campsbourne Primary School in North London. All the children dressed up as characters from their favourite books. It was a wonderful day. This WBD I shall probably be curling up with The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie. Or, if I’ve finished that, then I’ll be reading The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling.

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