Happy World Book Day 2021!
To celebrate World Book Day, I am running a flash giveaway of a fabulous new picture book, Sunday Rain, as well as sharing my review.
But first, a little bit about World Book Day and my favourite mini World Book Day book EVER! Today, book lovers all over the world will be sharing their favourite books and love of reading. Many will be dressing up as their favourite book characters. They may even be chatting with, or watching live events by their fabulous authors and illustrators. Children get a £1 book token which they can exchange for a special world book day book. And the 2021 line-up of books is incredible. In fact, one of this year’s mini World Book Day books tells us all about the wonder of World Book Day…
Luna Loves World Book Day by Joseph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers is a special edition, mini adventure in the Luna series. She has the whole day planned…
- Dress up as her favourite book character: a unicorn!
- Meet an author and an illustrator.
- Buy a new book with her book token.
But, when Luna’s unicorn costume rips, it looks like World Book Day is going to be a disaster! Can her dad save the day?
It is so important for children to see themselves represented in books. The publishing industry is working hard to make more inclusive books (I wrote about it here). I really wanted to showcase an inclusive book that celebrates the power of books on World Book Day. Sunday Rain by Rosie J. Pova and Amariah Rauscher does just that.
Like me and my children, Elliott is mixed race and has just moved house with his Mum and Dad. He loves reading and has a great imagination. In fact, he spends his days with his fictional friends, immersed in a book, including a formidable princess.
One rainy Sunday, Elliot spies some children splashing in the puddles. It looks like fun but he’s feeling shy. With a little encouragement from his mum (and some sharky wellies my little girl loved!) he decides to be brave and ask to play.
Rosie and Amariah seamlessly weave the wonderful imaginative play of the children into the story as we see them set off in a boat and fight a dragon alongside the princess from Elliot’s book. This creative and inclusive story showcases the beauty of imagination, the power of books and the joy of making new friends.
Sunday Rain was published by Lantana, 1 February 2021
Luna Loves World Book Day was published by Andersen Press, 18 February 2021
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with complimentary copies of these books. This voluntary feature contains my honest opinion.