We’ve chosen some of our favourite fictional characters who love books and reading to share with you on World Book Day. World Book Day is held in the UK on March 1st and many children will be celebrating reading and books by dressing up as their favourite book characters and holding book related events in school. This week many authors and illustrators have also been visiting schools or doing Skype visits – it’s a real celebration of books and reading.
Books and reading play a huge role in our house, we have read to our daughter since she was a baby and now she’s a little bookworm. We also read regularly in front of her to role model our love of reading (one of our favourite parental activities) which has also had a very positive influence. However, many children don’t have parents who read regularly to or with them so World Book Day aims to enthuse new readers as well as celebrate those who already enjoy reading.
Many book characters are great role models for reading and we looked through our bookcase to find some of our favourites. Do you have any more favourite fictional book loving book characters to add?
The Princess and the Giant by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton
Princess Sophie does her best to help the giant go to sleep and finally discovers that books are the answer. But the giant isn’t satisfied with listening to stories, he wants to learn to read them himself! I love the way that this rhyming story advocates the enjoyment that stories can bring and shows the joy of learning to read.
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
Henry loves eating books and thinks it’s great that the more he eats the smarter he gets. Unfortunately he also becomes ill from eating so many books but then discovers that reading can give him the same result. This is an amusing story which shows how much you can learn from books.
The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty
The lonely Snatchabook is addicted to books but has nobody to read to him. We love the way that brave Eliza Brown helps him solve his problem and how she also makes sure that he makes amends for snatching all the books in Burrow Down!
Charlie and Lola: But Excuse Me That is My Book by Lauren Child
I love the way that aspects of visiting the library are introduced in this story. Lola has a favourite library book but when she sees another child borrowing it she is distraught. Charlie tries to persuade her to borrow and enjoy a different book but Lola takes a lot of convincing!
Preposterous Rhinoceros by Tracy Gunaratnam and Marta Costa
Rhinoceros really wants to read the bedtime story to his jungle friends but he doesn’t know how to read a book. I love the way that the process of learning to read is shown in a humorous way, this story really makes us laugh. It’s the perfect subject for an Early Reader.
The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop and Ashley King
Property Jones lives in a bookshop but she’s keeping a secret, she can’t read. However, it doesn’t stop her from coming up with a plan to save The Montgomery Book Emporium from the evil Eliot Pink who has a secret of his own!
We have more favourites on our 2015 World Book Day blogpost. Do you have any favourite fictional characters who love books to add to our list? We’d love to see more suggestions in the comments.