World Book Day

    World book day is the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. This year it is celebrating its 17th anniversary today, where children of all ages are encouraged to gather together to appreciate reading. It not just about sharing an enjoyment for books and for reading, as one of the main aims of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is for all children to have a book of their own. As part of the campaign World Book Day will be sending schools (from Nursery through to Secondary) who are participating, packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs, full of inspirational activities and more information about how to get involved. We asked our busy little bees in the Little Darlings Magazine office what their favourite childhood book was, and here is what they came up with: WBD-Babies-and-Toddlers

    Sally Hall – Editor “I loved the pioneer books of Laura Ingalls Wilder as a child. I would imagine I  was Laura, creeping through the woods trying not to be eaten by bears, helping Pa build a log cabin, making biscuits with Ma and feeling frightened by the strange sights and sounds of life on the pioneer trail. For me Laura’s character imbued a sense of adventure and independence that I found thrilling as a child, and still do to this day.”

    Natalie Milner – Sub-Editor  “Beautiful illustrations, animals (dressed in adorable outfits) and gripping tales meant that Beatrix Potter’s books were the perfect formula for me. It also adhered to my love of ‘collecting’ – I had the entire set, and even ate my breakfast cereal out of a beautiful Peter Rabbit bowl, not forgetting his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail. These stories will last for generations – who couldn’t fall in love with Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle?” WBD-Babies-and-Toddlers-girl

    Scarlett Lill – Digital Assistant  “I really liked the Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy, especially the first book. As a matter of fact I still really like them! When I was younger I was compared to the main character of Mildred Hubble a lot by my friends, which was a nice comparison. I also really wanted her little tabby cat.” Holly Thacker – Digital Marketing Co-ordinater “As a child I mostly had my head in the clouds, which is why I always found an affinity with the adventures of Jo, Bessie, and Fanny in the magical lands that swirled around the topmost branches of The Magic Faraway Tree. Accompanied by colourful characters such as Moonface, Saucepan Man, Mister Watzisname, and Dame Washalot, Enid Blyton’s words had an ability to transport me on these fantastical journeys, and teach me a little something about life on the way.”