World Book Day 2015

Today is World Book Day! 

I've written so many times about how much of a bookworm C is. He has a pretty impressive book collection for a 2 year old and although he is a bit too small for the whole "dressing up in nursery/school" thing I will explain to him what World Book Day is as he's starting to understand a bit more. 

To tie in with World Book Day 2015, Sainsbury's have done a study and have published a list of 50 books that all children should read by the age of 16 with Roald Dahl's Charlie & the Chocolate Factory taking the top spot - which I'm not surprised about, it's a great book! Five of his books made the list. Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland came a close second. 

The study showed that 72% of parents said that bedtime reading is one of the most important bonding experiences with their child. I totally agree with this - C and I do seem to read together constantly thought the day though too!

6 in 10 parents like to read stories to their children that their parents once read to them and 75% of parents put on voices to bring the characters to life. 

To celebrate the nation's week of reading, Sainsbury's is encouraging children to read more by exploring the world of books and dress up as their favourite fictional character. 


The 50 Books Every Child Should Read By Age 16
1. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl 
2. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
3. The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis 
4. Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
5. Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
6. James & the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
7. The BFG - Roald Dahl 
8. A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond 
9. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
10. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
11. Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling
12. Matilda - Roald Dahl 
13. The Railway Children - E. Nesbit
14. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
15. Five on a Treasure Island - Enid Blyton
16. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Graham 
17. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle 
18. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
19. Charlotte's Web - EB White
20. The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter
21. Watership Down - Richard Adams
22. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien 
23. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
24. Lord of the Flies - William Golding 
25. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4 - Sue Townsend
26. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 
27. The Cat in the Hat - Dr Seuss
28. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson-Burnett
29. The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
30. The Twits - Roald Dahl
31. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
32. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne
33. Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
34. The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Judith Kerr
35. Green Eggs & Ham - Dr Seuss
36. The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
37. Bambi - Felix Selten
38. Tom's Midnight Garden - Phillipa Pearce 
39. Little House of the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
40. Funny Bones - Janet and Allan Ahlberg
41. Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
42. Carrie's War - Nina Bawden
43. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
44. The Magician's Nephew - C.S.Lewis
45. The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
46. The Story of Doctor Dolittle - Hugh Lofting
47. The Story of Tracy Beaker - Jacqueline Wilson
48. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
49. Curious George - H.A. Ray
50. Each Peach Pear Plum - Janet and Allan Ahlberg 

I'm so pleased that Jacqueline Wilson made the list. I had almost all of her books when I was younger! 

Kids always seem to have favourite book characters too and Sainsbury's also compiled a list of the Top 20 Best-Loved Children's Book Characters.

1. Paddington Bear
2. Winnie the Pooh 
3. The Hungry Caterpillar 
4. Postman Pat 
5. Thomas the Tank Engine 
6. The Gruffalo
7. Harry Potter 
8. Cinderella
9. Mr Men
10. Peter Rabbit 
11. Charlie from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory 
12. Peter Pan 
13. The BFG
14. Alice in Wonderland 
15. Noddy
16. Willy Wonka
17. Matilda
18. Mog the Cat
19. Toad from Wind in the Willows
20. Pinocchio  

Have your kids dressed up as anyone on this list today?
(Disclaimer: C received a World Book Day costume for sharing this information.)


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