The aim of World Book Day is to provide every child and young person with a book of their own. It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and – most importantly – reading, that seeks to encourage children to explore the joy of literature. Traditionally, World Book Day is celebrated by schoolchildren who dress up as their favourite book character, from new favourites like Tracy Beaker to childhood classics like Willy Wonka.
So, how did we celebrate World Book Day? With client meetings and work lunches filling up everyone’s calendar, dressing up as our favourite book characters was, unfortunately, impossible. Therefore, we decided to mark the occasion in a way that was a little more practical: by bringing in our favourite books.
Vivian, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall:
“It helps you to understand the world from a geopolitical standpoint. The writing style is great: very informative and well-researched yet entertaining and engaging. This book taught me that the boundaries between countries are not physical but social and political. I view the world differently having read this book.”
Kuba, The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories by Bruno Schulz:
“This is an amazing collection of slightly fantastical, modernist prose with lots of experimental writing techniques. Rather than create a modernist feel, these techniques are used to describe growing up, childhood, adolescence and sex in a small town, and give it all a fairy-tale air. It’s really quite magical.”
Johanna, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: “This book is timeless, powerful, insightful and raw,” she said.
“Whatever the age, gender, ethnicity, race, religion of the reader, this book has the power to open minds and hearts, and enhance the reader’s perception of what it is to experience love, loss, violence, abuse and femininity.”
Becky, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell:
“I think it’s the most romantic, beautifully written story of all time, yet the characters are realistic and flawed. Plus, the ending is iconic – and who doesn’t fancy Clark Gable as Rhett Butler!”