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Happy World Book Day 2021!

Posted on March 4, 2021, tagged as A Sprinkle of Sorcery, World Book Day

How I wish this day had existed when I was a child! Sadly, we missed out by a whisker – it began the year after I left school. I was lucky though. Although we didn’t have much money when I grew up there were quite a few books in our house which had belonged to my sisters. They were old and musty, and mainly by Enid Blyton (Famous Five, Secret Seven, Amelia Jane, Malory Towers, St. Clare’s) but I read them all – well, except the Secret Seven, which I could never get into.

I spent so much of my childhood reading, and my teenage years reading and writing, that I know my life wouldn’t have been the same without those dog-eared old hand-me-down books which I re-read so many times that they became friends. My reading during that time was narrow but I’m OK with that. To now know that so many children grow up not owning a single book fills me with sadness, and gratitude for that cupboard of old books. That’s what I love about World Book Day – it’s a chance for every child in the country to choose a book of their own with their £1 token.

Then there’s the dressing up – which book character will you be this year (even if we have to do it at home)? If you dress up as any of my characters I’d love to hear about it or, even better, see a picture!

This year there are lots of bookish activities and free audiobooks on the World Book Day website, too, and I’m delighted that A Sprinkle of Sorcery is one of them! It will stay on the website for six months and you can listen to it in full here.


Mini World Book Day Q&A – feel free to leave your own answers in the comments, I’m very nosy when it comes to other people’s reading choices…

  1. What are you currently reading? Picklewitch and Jack and the Sea Wizard’s Secret by Claire Barker
  2. The last book you read? The Ghost of Gosswater by Lucy Strange
  3. The last book you bought? The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  4. A book you’ve been meaning to read for AGES: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  5. A book you’ve read more than once: The Merrybegot by Julie Hearn
  6. A book that made you laugh: Charlie Changes into a Chicken by Sam Copeland
  7. A book that made you cry: The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell
  8. A book that scared you: The Haunting of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes
  9. An author who inspires you: Malorie Blackman
  10. A book that changed your life: Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee

Finally, I’m proud to have taken part in this brilliant World Book Day video which features over 150 authors speaking about what books mean to them. The video was arranged by author Sophie Anderson and edited by bookseller and book tuber Gavin Hetherington (Twitter @thegavgav7). Can you spot your favourites?

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