Mini reporters’ favourite book: World Book Day 2023

Happy World Book Day! We love books and storytelling at Media Cubs and to mark the special day, we asked some of our mini reporters to tell us what their favourite book is, and why, and who they will be dressing up as this year.

Summer told us her favourite book is The Christmas Carrolls by Mel Taylor-Bessent. Summer enjoys this book as it is about a nice, christmassy family. 

The book is about nine-year-old Holly Carroll and her family living her merriest life in a house with year-round fairy lights and Christmas trees, a carol-singing toilet and a diva donkey who thinks he’s a reindeer, home-schooled Holly tries to spread cheer wherever she goes.

This year, Summer will be dressing up as Dotty, from Dotty Detective, by Clara Vulliamy, for World Book Day. 

Dotty’s story is told in a unique diary format of Tweet-style observations, selfie pics, and clues that Dot finds and sticks into her book.

Owain’s favourite book is Sherlock Holmes, these children’s books are by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Owain enjoys the action-packed, impossible cases found in this book!

They follow Sherlock and his trusty sidekick, Dr Watson as they foil sinister mysteries, recover stolen treasure and defend the honour of king and country. 

Owain will be dressing up as Sherlock Holmes this year. 

Sophia’s favourite book is The Pirate Next Door by Jonny Duddle

The Jolley-Rogers, a pirate family, are moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town. Stopping to fix up their ship, this unusual family gets the whole neighbourhood spreading rumours. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda from next door decides to become friends with the youngest pirate son.

Sophia will be dressing up as Matilda, from The Pirates Next Door, because she loves the name and pirates. 

Asa’s favorite book is How To Train Your Dragon by Crassida Cowell. Asa tells us about a boy called Hiccup who is part of a Viking tribe! 

Hiccup’s father is chief of the tribe which means Hiccup is the hope and the heir to the throne – but most of the time Hiccup feels like a very ordinary boy, finding it hard to be a hero. 

Hiccup must lead ten novices in their initiation into the tribe. They have to train their dragons or be banished forever. 

Asa will be dressing up as Hiccup this year. 

Muzaynah’s favourite book is by Pip Bird. Muzaynah tells us that the unicorn is very very naughty!

Mira can’t wait to start Unicorn School, but when she arrives on her first day all the unicorns are gone, except Dave. Dave isn’t quite the sparkly magical unicorn Mira was expecting to find at the end of the rainbow – he’s more grumpy than glittery – but Mira’s not going to let that get her down. 

Muzaynah is going to dress up as the naughtiest unicorn this year.

Our favourite book this year is The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad. 

The book follows Faizah on her first day of school, and her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab – made of a beautiful blue fabric, but not everyone sees hijab as beautiful. In the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah looks for new ways to be strong. This is an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond shared by siblings and of being proud of who you are, from Olympic medallist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

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