Thursday 3rd March is World Book Day in the UK. Every child in full time education is given a £1 token to spend on a range of specially produced £1 books.
It is also celebrated by children dressing up as their favourite characters from books. Although there have been distressing reports of disorganised parents sending their children to school dressed as pages from the Argos catalogue! The official website containing information and competitions is here.
I have rooms filled with piles of books and couldn’t possibly choose a favourite. Books are so important for providing facts and information; disseminating ideas; shaping cultural identity; providing an escape from reality; and for the sheer pleasure of reading. Some people get snooty about graphic novels, or even illustrations in a book, personally I find the two artforms complement each other perfectly. I have chosen to photograph “Aesop’s Fables”, partly because it was close to the top of the pile, it is also beautifully illustrated and the tales were a big part of my childhood. Aesop’s Fables can be read here at Project Gutenberg. Happy reading whatever you choose, even if it is only the Argos catalogue!