Tag archives: World Book Day

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Quotes about books and reading for World Book Day

WBDI’ve done blogs full of quotes and books and reading before. Couldn’t resist adding some more for World Book Day.

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. Neil Gaiman

A wise reader reads the book of genius not with his heart, not so much with his brain, but with his spine. It is there that occurs the telltale tingle. Vladimir Nabokov

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. Chinese proverb

Hell is a bookless place. Patrick Ness

There are no days of our childhood lived so fully as those spent with a favourite book. Marcel Proust

You give them the materials, but it’s the readers who build that world in their own minds. Ursula Le Guin

Books are uniquely portable magic. Stephen King

I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. J K Rowling

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. Jhumpa Lahiri

Finally, an extract from Matilda by Roald Dahl:

The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.


Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Author visits to schools and libraries – their value and how to make them successful

Tanya Landman Carnegie visit q&aVisits by authors (and storytellers, poets and illustrators) to schools and libraries can transform children’s and young people’s attitudes to reading. For facts and figures, read the findings of the Society of Authors. This is Tanya Landman at King Edward VI School Lichfield. With World Book Day around the corner, and lots of author visits in the pipeline, here are several useful articles on ways to maximise their potential, plus links to more information.

In ‘Worth their Weight in Gold: Author Visits’ Caroline Sanderson highlights the value of visits, and describes how she created a buzz about reading by bringing authors into a Gloucestershire school for their book week.

Vivien French has drawn up an extremely helpful list of tips for anyone organising author events, based on years of experience.

Dawn Finch gives a school librarian’s perspective with lots of practical suggestions for effective visits.

These are Joe Craig’s tips for his fellow writers for World Book Day, useful not just for that day, but for any visit, and for visit organisers too.

A number of schools now have Patrons of Reading. You can read about this great new initiative here.

If you are looking for an author or poet for a visit or to become a Patron of Reading, try these:

I can’t resist ending with author Giancarlo Gemin’s favourite book event question, shared today on Twitter: ‘When you wrote your book, did you copy it from another book?’