World Book Day: a celebration of reading

World Book Day 2013

World Book Day is a day when some of our favourite authors, illustrators, and books are celebrated. In a nutshell, World Book Day is a celebration of reading.

Today, people up and down the land picked up their favourite book, a new book or even gave someone else a book. Each year World Book Day aims to encourage children to explore the pleasures of reading.

Although not officially a book, I am currently reading comic book, Green Lantern: Secret Origin, 2008 (vol.4) #29-35, written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Ivan Reis for DC Comics. I divide my reading time between reading books, comics and more often than not text books.

J.R.R. TolkienBut my all time favourite author in which I love to read, is J.R.R. Tolkien, most famously known for his The Lord of the Rings trilogy 1954 – 1955.

I just think that Tolkien has a fabulous way of writing, and the stories surrounding Middle-earth are just so exciting. As an author, Tolkien was inspired by Old English Literature, poetry and mythology. His novels, including The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1937 , all include various songs that he himself wrote. Tolkien was even a great illustrator, illustrating all the original covers himself.

The Lord of th Rings trilogy has been translated into over 38 languages since it was first published in the 1950s. And his, The Hobbit was recently recognized as “The Most Important 20th-Century Novel” in The Children’s Books of the Century poll.

So whoever you favourite author is or whatever you’ve been reading today on World Book Day, I hope you have enjoyed sticking your nose into a good old book.


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