Today is World Book Day; a global celebration of books, imagination and the joy of storytelling. The event has been reinvented for 2012 with a brand new website packed with resources and ideas, a live online festival featuring a fantastic line-up of authors and illustrators including Eoin Colfer, Andy Stanton, Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson and Jeremy Strong plus a brand new app for teens containing exclusive short stories including one from Young Bond and The Enemy creator Charlie Higson.
Children everywhere have been encouraged to dress-up as their favourite book character and to redeem their £1 World Book Day token on a range of stellar titles, from Roald Dahl's Fantabulous Facts to Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon: The Day of the Dreader.
The World Book Day message is to Read a Book and Share a Story – recommend books you love to your family and friends and spread the word of reading. So that's why I've featured the wonderful, the funny, the gloriumptious The BFG alongside our World Book Day book for this year. Happy reading . . .