World Book Day
World Book Day is a worldwide celebration marked in over 100 countries around the globe. It matters because humans think in stories, and we try to make sense of the world by telling stories. That is why we love our best writers and why they often become the story themselves. This collection of articles about authors and books is our tribute to the magical power of reading and the imagination.
The woman who can see into the future
Is Margaret Atwood a prophet? She seems to have predicted recent attacks on women’s rights, President Trump, and the climate crisis. Yet she insists she sees only the present, not the future.
The deeper meaning behind Watership Down
Is Watership Down “just a story about rabbits”? Richard Adams’s much-loved tale will soon be back on our screens in a new film. For decades, fans have tried to...
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‘Let children choose their own books’
Should children be allowed to read anything? Writer Jeff Kinney never says “no” to a book. He thinks that letting kids choose their own books helps them to enjoy reading.
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One in three pupils do not know Shakespeare
Is Shakespeare relevant today? A new survey shows that one in three UK school students have never heard of the great playwright’s work. However, many say his plays will always be important.
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The surprising life lessons of Winnie-the-Pooh
Should we all live like Pooh? As Christopher Robin tops the UK box office, the friendly bear has been declared as wise as history’s greatest philosophers. What...
Spend a week in the weird world of Walliams
Is David Walliams the best children’s writer? He is certainly the most popular. Walliams Week celebrates his 10-year career as an author of barmy, boisterous, bestselling books.
Philip Pullman: ‘My daemon would be a raven’
Why? Because they are smart, daring, and belong to “that family of birds that steal things”. Likewise, Pullman’s books retell old stories from mythology and the Bible. Does this matter?
Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel prize for literature
Are you a fox or a hedgehog? The new Nobel prizewinner is a fox. That means he has lots of varied ideas. Other writers are hedgehogs, fascinated by one big idea. A few writers are both!
The books that nobody was allowed to read
Thirty-five years-ago librarians in America were worried about the number of books being banned. They founded Banned Books Week to raise awareness of our right to read. Why do books get banned?
Harry Potter: Have these stories cast a political spell?
Harry Potter is twenty years old. The first book was published in 1997. What impact has he had on those who grew up with him, and how can stories help us to understand the politics of today?