It’s just a couple of weeks now until World Book Day (1st March) and to celebrate, Book Aid International is running a campaign to celebrate the power of books. Over the next two weeks authors and readers will be able to announce the book that they think best matches for New Worlds Through Books campaign and children’s author Jacqueline Wilson has kicked off the campaign this week!
Wilson choose I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (below) as her book selection, as a book that opened a new world for her. More authors will be following, and readers are also asked to follow the Book Aid and give their contributions on Twitter (@Book_Aid) and Facebook.
Chief Executive of Book Aid International said of the campaign “Books have a universal power to expand horizons. We work to give as many people as possible access to the books they need to discover new worlds through reading, and we would like to thank all those taking part in the campaign for helping us to showcase how books can enrich lives.”
What book opened new worlds to you? Let us know in the comments, and let Book Aid International know on their Facebook and Twitter pages! More about World Book Day soon…
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