Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Book a Place on a Classic Adventure

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Book a Place on a Classic Adventure

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RE you sitting comfortably? AThen we'll beginfi Since 1967, on or around April 2 - author Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) has been celebrated to inspire a love of reading and draw attention to children's books.

Each year a different National Section of IBBY, (The International Board for Books for Young People) is chosen to be the international sponsor.

In this, the 50th anniversary year, it's Russia, from where author Sergey Makhotin talks about how his love of books began: "In my early childhood I loved to build houses out of blocks and all sorts of toys. Instead of a roof I often used a children's book with pictures.

"In my dreams I climbed into the house, laid down on the bed made of a matchbox and looked up at the clouds or at the starry sky."

He says: "What a joy to hold a new book in one's hands! Many of us have caught ourselves thinking: this book was written about me!

"When some boys or a girl says, 'I do not like to read!' that makes me laugh. I do not believe these kids. They eat ice cream, play games and watch interesting movies. In other words, they like to have fun. And reading is not just hard work towards the development of feelings and personality, but it is, first of all, a great pleasurefi" There are lots of great books being published all the time for children and young people but, in honour of Hans himself, here are five classics to help get you started: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR BY ERIC CARLE TINY readers will love this board book and watch as the caterpillar munches his way through a variety of foods before emerging as a beautiful butterfly.

Children will love putting their fingers through the 'eaten' holes in the pages, and it can help them count the days of the week, and help them learn about different foods and a butterfly's life stages.

THE CAT IN THE HAT BY DR SEUSS ANOTHER great one for the little ones - and older ones! …

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