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Reading Blog: Authors celebrate World Book Day by picking the books that impacted them

Authors including Julian Clary, Katherine Rundell and Holly Smale share the books which opened doors for them on World Book Day 

 

The authors have all taken part in Book Aid International’s ‘New Worlds Through Books’ campaign which celebrates the universal power of books to expand horizons and enrich lives. The charity asked participating authors to share a short piece or video about a book which opened a door to a new world for them. Over two weeks, the charity shared these insights, using them as a way to highlight the universal power of books to open doors and create positive change.

 

Julian Clary shared a video about his chosen book, saying: “Well, a book that opened doors for me was Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. I read it when I was, I suppose, 11 years old and I’d never been very adventurous until then but when I read about what they got up to in that book and the adventures they had on the boat, I thought ‘this is the sort of life I’m going to lead’. Watch Julian’s video here: www.bookaid.org/2018/02/28/new-worlds-books-julian-clary

 

Geek Girl author Holly Smale shared how Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery turned up at exactly the right moment: “Anne became more than my friend: she was me, except just a few metres ahead. Showing me I could do it. When I tried to write my first adult novel… I wanted to give teenagers another friend: someone they could turn to when they had nobody else…who would let them know they were enough. Much like people, books come in and out of our lives… But every now and then, the right book finds the right person at the right time. And when it does? It’s a love that lasts forever.” Read Holly’s full contribution: www.bookaid.org/2018/03/01/new-worlds-books-holly-smale   

 

Katherine Rundell selected Charmed Life by Diana Wynn Jones saying that it “was the kind of book that stretches the edges of your horizon; it made me see how strange and witty and valiantly, gloriously unhinged a book could be”.

 

Cerrie Burnell focused on Little Women by Louisa May Alcott saying the book was “like a doorway back into history learning about these women’s amazing lives. If I had read this book when I was little, it would definitely have given me the motivation to write about things that are important to me. So I think it’s a really beautiful lesson in finding books that inspire you, that encourage you to do great things in the world and that tell stories that are powerful and relevant.” See Carrie’s full contribution and watch her video: www.bookaid.org/2018/02/15/new-worlds-books-cerrie-burnell

 

Contributions all of the authors who took part in the campaign, including Elizabeth Wein, Hannah Russell, Jacqueline Wilson and Yaba Badoe, can be found at www.bookaid.org/latest

 

Book Aid International’s Chief Executive, Alison Tweed, expressed the charity’s gratitude to the authors who took part: “I would like to extend a very warm thank you to all of the authors who contributed to our campaign. By lending their voices, they have helped to amplify the message that books have the power to enrich lives and expand horizons – and that everyone should have access to books, whatever their circumstances. Today, on World Book Day, we are very pleased to join in the global celebration of all the positive change that books and reading make possible.” 

 

Anyone who wishes to do so can share a story about a book which opened a door to a new world for them. Anyone can tweet a contribution [at]Book_aid, email worldbookday[at]bookaid.org or share to the charity’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bookaid.

Book Aid International is a World Book Day supported charity. Every year UK schools and families mark World Book Day by donating £1 and dressing up as a favourite book character, by holding a fundraising event or by simply making a donation to mark the day. Last year, schools and families raised £140,000 – enough to send 70,000 books to those who need them. This year, the charity hopes to raise even more.

 

It costs just £2 to send a book, so every penny raised really does make a difference. To find out more about making Book Aid International part of your World Book Day celebrations, visit www.bookaid.org/world-book-day.  

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