World Book Day graced schools across the country with its presence once again, thanks to another year of collaboration with National Book Tokens, publishers and booksellers, in order to promote books to under 18’s.
Books were the centre of attention in Kent as Kent County Council asked people across the county to answer six questions about persona; favourites, recommended and un-read books to celebrate the day.
Those to answer was Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount DE L’Isle MBE, Fred Dineage from ITV Meridan and Frank Martin chief executive of Hornby Hobbies – to name a few.
Recommending the classic from J.R.R Tolkien: ‘The Lord of the Rings’ was Frank Martin, whereas Dineage recommended comedian and television presenter Jim Bowen’s autiobiography: ‘From a Bundle of Rags’. Lord De L’Isle’s input for favourite childhood book was the acclaimed Thomas the Tank Engine, and would like to see more books on Military History.
Fourteen million £1 World Book Day book tokens will be distributed to children that can be used in participating book stores as money off tokens or to buy one of eight new and exclusive books that are being sold at a £1.
Among the eight new books is Shirley Hughes’ Alfie: Alfie’s Shop. Alfie stories have graced children’s bookshelves since 1991 with Aflie gets in First. Another classic; Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry is part of the £1 token deal with Horrid Henry’s: Guide to Perfect Parents.
KCC Cabinet member for education, learning and skills, said: “Getting to grips with books, and becoming a reader, brings a lot of fun and enjoyment – as many adults make a massive difference to educational achievement, which is why it’s particularly close to my heart.
“As the superb children’s author Roald Dahl said: ‘Learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.’”