With today (March 5th 2020) being World Book Day, we wanted to look back at the role our childhood favourite books have played in our lives. A lot of the characters that we have the privilege of portraying are based on childhood classics and subjects of our imagination from reading such books.
We asked some our team what was their favourite childhood book and have compiled a reading list below, which we hope will take you back to your own childhood and perhaps will be something you can enjoy with your family.
Childhood Reading List:
The Cat in the Hat by Dr Suess
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Harry Potter (all 7 of them!) by J.K.Rowling
The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson
Air Man by Eion Colfer
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Tracy Beaker Books by Jacqueline Wilson
The gift of a book
One of our recent clients told us about this wonderful idea of asking their guests to bring along a pre-loved book from their personal bookcase, with a message written on the front page, instead of a birthday card.
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island“- Walt Disney
We love this idea as not only does it mean that they are providing a personal gift and encouraging reading, but this is also a brilliant way to help our environment. It reduces waste as cards are typically thrown away after some time, whereas books can be re-read time and time again before being passed on for someone else to enjoy!
For anyone who doesn’t know, World Book Day is a fantastic charity event with a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. The power of a good book is something we learn from a very young age. Do you remember your favourite childhood book? Or does your child have a favourite book that you can now recite from memory? Well, I’m sure it’s not news to you that our childhood books play an extremely important role in our development.
The benefits of reading are truly exponential. Our first books are full of big bright pictures which help tell the story and develop our creative imagination for when it becomes only words that fill the books. Reading not only increases our vocabulary and knowledge, but it is also thoroughly entertaining and can help develop essential family bonds.
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child” – Dr Suess
So, this World Book Day, we hope you can think back at some of your favourite books. Those that bring back your sweet childhood memories, those that have allowed you to escape the hustle and bustle of our world while getting lost in a new fictional one, and not forgetting those that you just can’t wait to re-read again!
It doesn’t matter what age you are there’s nothing quite like losing yourself in a good book! To quote one of the best children’s authors of our time, J.K.Rowling, “If you don’t like to read you haven’t found the right book”.
If you have any favourite books you’d like to recommend for us, please pop us a message via social media or comment on our post below!