World Book Night
This was my second year as a Book Giver for WBN – a fantastic celebration of books and reading which is held on April 23rd, the same day as the UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day (and Shakespeare’s birthday!).
More information about World Book Night can be found on their website.
In 2013 I gave copies of The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and was delighted with the response.
This year I gave copies of After the Funeral by Agatha Christie, and I made bookmarks and a Padlet accessible only to recipients of the books (post-primary students who aren’t regular readers or who have trouble accessing books). Like last year, feedback on this has been great so far!
Below are some of the posts I included in their Padlet. Suggestions for book recommendations and websites to add are welcome!
A long list of recommended reads can be found on teenreads.com (as well as book reviews), but, of course, the best place to look for your next book is in the library or a book store!
The books section of The Guardian website is updated regularly with book reviews, interviews, extracts and news. Recently The Guardian has also put together a list of websites to look at for book recommendations.
The collections of 20 World Book Night books (from 2011 to 2014) include some excellent reads.
In addition to those, here is a list of some other books you may like:
Skellig – David Almond
Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
Tuck Everlasting – Nicole Babbitt
Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
The Dare – John Boyne
The Real Rebecca – Anna Carey
My Antonia – Willa Cather
Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly
The Weight of Water – Sarah Crossan
Series of Unfortunate Events – Roald Dahl
Room – Emma Donoghue
Coraline – Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Once – Morris Gleitzman
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
Theodore Boone series – John Grisham
Marley and Me – John Grogan
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
Girl Stolen – April Henry
The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
Alex Rider – Anthony Horowitz
Shadows on our Skin – Jennifer Johnston
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
Into the Grey – Celine Kiernan
Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
Girl, Missing – Sophie McKenzie
Chalkline – Jane Mitchell
Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo
Trash – Andy Mulligan
The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
The Wind Singer – William Nicholson
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Wonder – R.J. Palacio
Nightjohn – Gary Paulsen
True Grit – Charles Portis
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
The Scarecrow and his Servant – Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Confessions of Georgia Nicolson – Louise Rennison
Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Rick Riordan
Divergent – Veronica Roth
Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
Holes – Louis Sachar
The Boy Who Lost His Face – Louis Sachar
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer
Zom-B – Darren Shan
The Saga of Darren Shan – Darren Shan
The Demonata – Darren Shan
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Vampire Diaries – L.J. Smith
Stone Cold – Robert Swindells
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Tales from the Perilous Realm – J.R.R. Tolkien
Machine Gunners – Robert Westall
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
You can borrow books from your local library, and some of libraries even offer an eBook service (for example, Cork City Libraries).
Here is a list of websites where you can either freely read books online or download them as eBooks:
Books listed on these sites are free to read/download legally because either the copyright on the books has expired or the authors allowed it to be freely available.
If you need help finding a specific book, selecting something that might like, or help with how to download/read your eBook, just ask!
Free eBook from WBN USA
This year, World Book Night in the US put together a free eBook for everyone to download. It’s a collection of stories and essays by booksellers, librarians and authors.
To download it in EPUB or PDF format, scroll to the bottom of this page and enter your email address. You will be emailed a download link.
One of the events held as part of WBN was ‘Letters Live’, a dynamic performance event which celebrates the enduring power of literacy correspondence.
It was held at the Southbank Centre in London, featuring readings from Russell Brand, Stephen Fry, Caitlin Moran, Clarke Peters, Andrew Motion and Morgana Robinson.
The readings can be watched online by clicking this link to the Canongate website, or by playing the videos below.