This year’s World Book Day is going to be a strange one. Gone is the 5 am scramble for a costume that your child has conveniently forgotten to tell you about! But with all that let’s not lose the true meaning of the day… books! Here I have four recommendations for primary school aged children which hopefully they will enjoy on World Book Day even without the dressing up!

Where better to start than at the very (bad) beginning of Lemony Snickett’s wonderful Series of Unfortunate Events. We follow the three Baudelaire orphans as they are buffeted from odd relation to odd relation, whilst trying to simultaneously work out how their parents died AND stave off the advances of the fearsome Count Olaf. With thirteen instalments in the series this is a tale which will keep your children coming back for more. (Ages 7+)

Another fantastic collection of books which are perfect introductions to the big wide world are the Little People, BIG DREAMS collection. Write with Jane Austen, travel with Sir David Attenborough and fly across oceans with Amelia Earhart. These are great introductions to great people and have the bonus of looking beautiful. A fantastic way to introduce children to the people who helped shape our world. (Age 3+)

One for slightly younger readers now, Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell tells the story of Franklin and his friend Luna… the catch? Franklin is a dragon. Unfortunately for Franklin everyone in the village is far too scared of him until he meets Luna. Together they hatch a plan to open a bookshop on Franklin’s back and share the love of reading with the villagers. A fantastic book for children on not judging people based on their appearances.

Finally, a classic. One of the books I loved most as a child, Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway TreeThe three books are joined together in this beautiful bind up, and with a cover design by Quentin Blake it is a must-have for any children’s bookshelf. Join Joe, Beth and Frannie as they discover the magic woods outside their house and within the woods and follow their adventures with the inhabitants of the Magic Faraway Tree.

And there you are! Hopefully, this list will go some way to alleviating the World Book Day costume anxiety next year!

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