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Happy World Book Day!

In case you hadn’t heard, it’s World Book Day today! Children across the UK (and no doubt a few teachers!) will be dressing up as their favourite characters from much-loved books.To get into the spirit of this magical day, we spoke to the teams at WHSmith & Waterstones to find out their best childhood books of all time.



We asked Steve and Naomi over at Waterstones about their favourite books as a child. Naomi told us all about ‘I Cosmo’ by Carlie Sorosiak, “It’s a wonderful story, all told from the point of view of Cosmo who is a golden retriever. It’s perfect for anyone who loves dogs. It’s an amazing story for anyone with a big heart” 

Val, store manager of WHSmith recommended an all-time favourite - ‘Funny Bones’ by Allan & Janet Ahlberg. She loves the book because “It was my favourite book growing up, I remember my mum reading this to me as a child and being fascinated by the pictures and illustrations, the book still sells lots of copies today which is great”.

Steve chose an old classic:  “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame. His reason was simple “It tells you absolutely everything you need to know about friendship in one book. And also it is a beautiful evocation of the English countryside.”

World Book Day isn’t just a day to celebrate our beloved books, it is also a charity event held annually in the United Kingdom and Ireland on the first Thursday in March. On World Book Day, every child in full-time education in the UK is given a £1 reading token to be spent on books. So parents and carers, encourage your children to get spending those vouchers on some of the brilliant book recommendations above.