Books Weekly News Digest – February 27th 2015

Books Weekly News Digest – February 27th 2015

Less Than A Week To Go Until World Book Day!

Next Thursday (5th March), kids across the UK will be taking part in World Book Day; a celebration of books, authors, illustrators and of course, reading! Every child will be given a £1 book token which they can either swap for one of ten special £1 World Book Day books, or put towards any full-price book costing more than £2.99. Kids can come and spend their voucher in our WHSmith stores, but they must be used before the 29th of March.

Over 100 countries take part in World Book Day, making it the largest event of its kind. Although in the UK we celebrate it on the first Thursday of March, the global World Book Day generally takes place on the 23rd of April, which is William Shakespeare’s birthday. Organiser of the event, UNESCO, says the aim of World Book Day is to “encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.”

Take a look at the World Book Day website to find out more.

Mary Berry To Be Guest Of Honour At LBF 2015

Much-loved cookery writer and television presenter, Mary Berry, will be the Guest of Honour at this year’s London Book Fair (LBF). Berry will be opening the conference on Tuesday 14th of April, at its new home, London Olympia, in West London. Berry said she was “thrilled” to be invited to LBF as guest of honour, adding that she was “looking forward to seeing the new ideas and publications on display.” Berry’s writing career has spanned more than 45 years; she has penned more than 80 books which have sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

For more information on the LBF, take a look at the event’s website. Or, why not browse our range of scrumptious Mary Berry cookbooks?

Dahl And Kinney Books Top ‘Most Read’ List In New Report

Books written by Roald Dahl and Jeff Kinney are top of the list in the new ‘What Are Kids Reading?’ report, which analyses the reading habits of pupils in UK schools. Over half a million pupils in more than 2,700 schools took part in the study. In primary schools, the two most read books were The Twits and Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, followed by Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney. Six of David Walliams’ books made the top 20 list, including Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy and Demon Dentist.

Secondary pupils voted John Green’s The Fault in our Stars as their favourite book of 2014, followed by Catching Fire by Suzanna Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth. The survey also found that regional reading gaps are narrowing, with children in Wales and Scotland catching up with English children in almost all year groups. At the same time, it also revealed that children above Year 5 are reading books that aren’t challenging enough.

The full report can be downloaded via the What Kids Are Reading website.

New Editions Of His Dark Materials Series To Be Published Next Week

New editions of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series will be published next Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of the first book’s release. The award-winning series was inspired by John Milton’s Paradise Lost and includes Northern Lights (1995), The Subtle Knife (1997) and The Amber Skyglass (2000). The publishing of the editions will coincide with World Book Day. On the 28th of March, Pullman will be visiting the Oxford Literary Festival, where he will be talking to writer and journalist Nicolette Jones about his trilogy.

Agatha Christie Fan Letters Published For The Very First Time

Fan letters belonging to bestselling crime writer Agatha Christie have been published to mark the 125th anniversary of her birth. Christie, who is known as the ‘Queen of Crime,’ kept hundreds of letters from her readers. The collection includes a note from fellow writer P. G. Wodehouse, which thanks Christie for dedicating her novel, Halloween Party, to him. In 1958, a 14-year-old boy wrote a letter to Christie to tell her about a book club he set-up so he could afford to buy more of her books. He wrote: “I have bought 28 books by you and this is how I have managed it. I charge the boys 2d per book to read at school, and 6d if they wish to take them home.”

The fan letters can be read on the 125stories website.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette To Be Adapted For Film

Maria Semple’s 2012 novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, is going to be adapted for the big screen, it was revealed earlier this week. The story follows a 15-year-old girl who travels the Antarctic in hope of finding her mother. The book will be adapted to screen by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter, both of whom wrote the screenplay for The Fault in our Stars. Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater is in line to direct the film.

Have you read Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Do you think it will make a good film?

Which stories were you most interested in this week?