Our team’s World Book Day picks

5th March 2024

Every March, World Book Day celebrates and promotes reading for pleasure, with the belief that every child should benefit from the improved life chances this brings. We thought we’d mark the occasion by asking members of our team to tell us about a favourite book from their childhood. Here are our picks:

Helen Chaloner

Chief Executive

Mog’s Bad Thing by Judith Kerr

“My favourite is actually one that my son loved, ‘Mog’s Bad Thing’, which was recommended to me by Michael Morpurgo at an event with Judith Kerr when I couldn’t decide which book to buy (we already had ‘The Tiger who Came to Tea’).”

Matt Farley, Programme Assistant

Matt Farley

Programme Assistant

The Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Jill Barton

“This book takes me straight back to my early childhood, looking at the gorgeous illustrations whilst my mum read the story and made all the silly sound effects. I still remember the anticipation of the big splash!”

Heather Holcroft-Pinn

Programme Manager

Meal One by Ivor Cutler, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

“One of my favourite children’s picture books growing up. Meal One is about a mum and son, who are great friends, having a surreal adventure in their house at breakfast. It’s brilliantly funny and bizarre – I wish it was still in print!”

Simon Reid

Digital and Marketing Assistant

The Castafiore Emerald by Hergé

“This intricate country house mystery/farce about an opera singer’s missing gem is so unlike Tintin’s other globetrotting adventures. But it was the first one I had, and I was hooked forever by the characters and the fantastic artwork!

Why not let us know via social media (#WorldBookDay) about your own favourites, whether it’s that picture book you still remember every word of, or the gripping novel you stayed up all night to finish?