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It's World Book Day!

Today is World Book Day, where lucky school children up to the age of eighteen get a £1 voucher towards a book of their choice.

It doesn't sound like much, but World Book Day, and the week surrounding it, was always a highlight of my school year. I'd try to get more than my fair share of vouchers because I knew I'd be buying more than just one book a month, and I would stock up on the range of "£1 special offers" arranged by the organisers.

It was World Book Day that introduced me to Jacqueline Wilson's "girls" series (Girls Under Pressure especially), Roald Dahl's non-fiction, and various poems I can still remember by heart. While it simply introduced the idea of reading to some people, it was like a little "thankyou" to those who already did read. I loved it.

I especially loved the "World Book Day Anthology" and I'm a little sad not to be able to find out whether these are still produced. It included one or two chapter snippets from popular children's and Young Adult's' books available through the year. It was, I guess, a bit like Kindle Samples released annually.

Now that I'm an adult, the reading world has changed greatly, with the introduction of ereaders, the growing popularity of indie publishing, and the internet offering competitive pricing. I'm glad to see that World Book Day has remained, though. I can only wish adults were given vouchers too!

images from worldbookday.com

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