World Book Day is a wonderful excuse to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. There’s a whole world of books beyond the day, and Hampshire Libraries members have access to enough stories to last a lifetime. If you enjoy the book you receive using your World Book Day token, come down to the library and try out these suggestions…
If you enjoyed Kipper’s Visitor by Mick Inpen
Once upon a time, there were three hungry dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur and … a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. Of course. One day, purely on a whim, they decided to tidy up their house nice and neat, make their beds up all cosy and comfortable, prepare delicious hot chocolate pudding of varying temperatures, place their chairs just so , and go … SOMEWHERE ELSE. Let’s be clear, they were definitely NOT setting up a trap for some succulent, poorly supervised little girl called Goldilocks who may wander by … ahem.
If you enjoyed Supertato to the rescue by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
There’s a boy quite ordinary, He looks like me or you, but in secret – he is Superkid. There’s nothing he can’t do! With x-ray vision, super speed and bravery by the bag-load, Superkid is always on hand to save the day! He can spot bullies trying to steal your bubble gum, he knows just what to do with a plateful of broccoli, and he can make even pirates surrender.
If you enjoyed Daisy and the trouble with Jack by Kes Gray
One day Izzy and her friends are surprised to find that their teacher, Miss Jones, is actually being nice to them. This is the woman who was caught secretly smiling when Maisie Miller fell off her chair. There can only be one conclusion – she’s been taken over by aliens, and now she wants to make them all aliens too!
If you enjoyed The great mouse plot by Roald Dahl
The mouse started to trundle away, glancing at Howard over its shoulder, nervously. “You may well glance at me nervously,” said Howard, picking up an empty water glass and placing it over the mouse. “You’ll stay in there so I can eat my breakfast in peace. I shall deal with you afterwards.” But you can’t really deal with the Clumsies, afterwards or at any time. Once you’ve got them, you’re stuck with them. From the moment when Howard Armitage first finds two talking mice under his desk – the inimitable and hilarious Purvis and Mickey Thompson – his life, and his belongings, are turned forever upside down.
If you enjoyed Welcome to the world of Norm by Jonathan Meres
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn’t always like that. In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you’d ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet…
If you enjoyed Star Wars: Adventures in wild space by Cavan Scott
You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair’s department store! Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and mysteries around every corner. Wonder at the daring theft of the priceless clockwork sparrow! Tremble as the most dastardly criminals in London enact their wicked plans! Gasp as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, crack codes, devour iced buns and vow to bring the villains to justice.
If you enjoyed Harper and the sea of secrets by Cerrie Burnell
When Fran the Fabulous Fairy turns up in Tiga Whicabim’s shed to tell her she’s a witch, Tiga doesn’t believe her. Or at least not until Fran points out that TIGA WHICABIM is actually an anagram of I AM A BIG WITCH and magics her away down the drainpipes to compete in Witch Wars – the competition to crown the next Top Witch of Ritzy City.
If you enjoyed The boy who could do what he liked by David Baddiel
This is the story of Jake Biggs and his dad, George. George spends all week knocking down buildings … and all weekend knocking down wrestlers. He’s the Demolition Man, and Jake couldn’t be prouder. But when Jake hears about a pro-wrestling competition in the USA, and persuades his beloved dad to apply, things don’t quite turn out the way he expected…
If you enjoyed Spot the difference by Juno Dawson
Shy Maddy has always struggled to find her voice, so when she gets an anonymous note saying I know your dad’s secret, she bottles up her fears inside. But as more spiteful notes arrive, she becomes terrified that her life is unravelling. Who is sending the notes? Why do they hate her? And even worse, will she ever be able to speak up for herself?
If you enjoyed Kindred spirits by Rainbow Rowell
Grace thought finding her mother’s killer would bring her peace. But the truth has only made her a target. On Embassy Row, trust is a luxury. Death is a very real threat. And a girl like Grace should be very careful about which secrets she brings to light…