World Book Day and Our Favourite Childhood Books

7th Mar 2019

As many of the parents among you will know, today is World Book Day. It is a celebration of reading and all the benefits it brings. It often also involves preparing last minute costumes for the little ones to wear to school!

Costumes aside, we wanted to get involved with World Book Day here at Lee Wakemans. Some of our team looked back and shared their favourite childhood books with us.

Brendan Hills, Associate at Lee Wakemans tells us:

"One of my favourite books as a kid was 'How Maui Slowed the Sun' by Peter Gossage. The story tells the tale of Maui, who faced with too short days and long nights comes up with a plan to slow the sun's passage through the sky. With the help of his brothers, Maui sets out for the home of the sun to catch it and make it move more slowly.

The Maui stories were read to us as kids to teach us about New Zealand (Maori) culture and all the tales had a moral and a purpose.

I used to love the illustrations and the fact that Maui was a bit mischievous and very ambitious, a little like myself!"

Tom Woodward, Project Manager at Lee Wakemans said:

"I liked Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve, because as a 10 year old, I liked the idea of cities on wheels driving around eating each other."

Ray Issac, Senior Project Manager at Lee Wakemans recounts:

"One of my favourite books is 'The Silver Sword' by Ian Serraillier'. I remember being taught this at around age 11 or 12 in our English lessons at Secondary School. Our teacher, Mr Paget, was a committed, very good teacher, and for me as a child, the book brought the horrors of the Second World War home. The book follows the struggles of a Polish family running away from the War, and it was written for children/young adults."

Huw Thomas, Executive Quantity Surveyor at Lee Wakemans said:

"I liked Goldilocks and the Three Bears', written by Robert Southey. Why? so I could practice eating my porridge before some other greedy person could get at it!!'

World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It's also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it's a celebration of reading. Enjoyment, creativity, imagination, greater self-esteem, empathy, relaxation, escapism and improved communication skills are well-known benefits of reading.