World Book Day

Today was World Book Day. To celebrate, school up and down the country asked pupils to go to school dressed as their favourite book character. My children’s school was no different. Fantastic Mr. Fox went off to school but my daughter, Emma (5), was poorly today and couldn’t go and join in the fun of World Book Day with her friends. Stuck inside because of the rain, we decided to have our very own World Book Day celebrations – the Storey Book Fair.

First we needed costumes – she already had her frog costume ready (the frog from Oi Frog) and she decided I would be the ladybird from What the ladybird heard. Costumes ready, we clearly needed face paints, so out they came, and yes, I even dared to give Emma the brush (see photo for the results!).

Emma set out her “Book Fair”, gathering lots of books from all over the house and we spent some time choosing our favourite five. Her favourite five turned out to be about 15! Mine included Ish by Peter Reynolds, Press Here by HervĂ© Tullet (trans. Christopher Franceschelli) and Goose by Laura Wall. Having picked out some books, we then had some reading sessions for everyone (me, Emma and Smudge the cat) to enjoy.

No Book Fair is complete without some awards, so we got out the craft supplies and made some rosettes, and the inaugural Storey Books Awards were born. The categories and winners were as follows:

Best book with an animal – Kipper by Mick Inkpen

Funniest book – Oi Duck-billed platypus by Kes Gray and Jim Field

Best pictures – You Choose by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart

Best book from around the world – Banana skin Chaos by Lilli d’Arronge (trans. Daniela Bernardelle)

We had a great day at our book fair and I hope she looks back on it as fondly as I will.


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