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World Book Day: Five books I adored growing up

Today is World Book Day, which is an amazing day to celebrate the incredible invention of books for a good cause, Book Aid International. To celebrate 20 years of this special day, I’ve decided to get nostalgic and share five of my favourite children’s books that I absolutely adored when growing up.

The Suitcase Kid – Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson was my favourite author as a kid. In fact, she still is one I very much highly value. I had the whole collection of her books growing up, but it was a toss up between The Suitcase Kid and Vicky Angel being my favourite. Since I only had the audiobook of Vicky Angel, I’ve picked The Suitcase Kid as one to mention in my top five. I remember being so hooked on reading it, it may even be the first book I couldn’t put down. With the storyline focusing heavily on a family dividing, it gave me a real insight as to what it’s like to be a child dealing with a divorce. My parents divorced when I was a baby but managed to remain the best of friends, so I was quite lucky in that sense, so to read this story, I was really given an in depth insight as to what my fellow peers may have been going through at that age. This was definitely one of my favourite children’s books.

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Withering Tights – Louise Rennison

This was perhaps my favourite book by Louise Rennison, despite her bestsellers being The Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging series.  I loved getting to know about Tallulah Casey, the bubbly 14 year old with a passion for acting and following her journey to Dother Hall for a summer of acting courses. The supporting characters are highly amusing and got me giggling quite a bit throughout the book. I had a passion for drama during the time I read this book, so it was exciting to be able to relate to the main character in that aspect and was a great teen read that I fell in love with instantly. Hearing about Louise Rennison’s recent passing broke my heart and brought back such fond memories of reading this book.

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Book Aid International

Charity Corner: Book Aid International

Welcome back to Charity Corner. This is my new series where I will be using my blog as a platform to lend a voice to different charities and organisations of all sizes, backgrounds and causes. Today’s Charity Corner, I speak to Jenny Hayes, the Communications Executive at Book Aid International, a charity which provides books to underprivileged places in the world.

What is the mission of Book Aid International?

Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book provision and library development charity. We believe that books and reading give people the opportunity to change their lives for the better. Our mission is therefore to get brand new books to the places around the world where books are scarce but where, if people had access to books, they could make a huge difference. To do this, we work in partnership with libraries, providing brand new books, resources and training to support environments in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish.

What’s the story behind the creation of your charity?

Book Aid International was founded in 1954 by Hermione, Countess of Ranfurly. Two years prior to that, Lady Ranfurly had moved with her husband to the Bahamas where he was Governor General. As she toured the islands, she was shocked at the lack of reading materials. She set about collecting books which she packed up and sent to schools, libraries and institutions on the islands. Thus the Ranfurly Library Service was born. On her return to the UK in 1956 Lady Ranfurly decided to expand her ‘book scheme’ to the British Commonwealth. The Ranfurly Library Service took up residence in London and sent books to countries all over the world. In 1994 the charity changed its name to Book Aid International.

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My Monthly Favourites – August

Okay, so I know I’m not one of those beauty blogs and I’m no Zoella or Tanya Burr, but I do really like the ideas of Monthly Favourites because when I love something, I enjoy telling everyone about it and I know we’re halfway through September, but nevertheless, I want to tell you what I particularly enjoyed last month. So, let’s do this shizz.

The Big Bang Theory – Series Seven

I love TBBT but I never watch it on TV because someone in my house always hogs it when I want to watch something. It’s like a family tradition. So, I’ve caught up with it via iTunes and I practically spent every night in August staying up late to watch it on my phone before going to sleep and I just loved it. I don’t want to talk about what happens as I personally hate spoilers, so I don’t want to be mean to you if you’ve yet to see it. It was funny, good storylines and I wish I could have series 8 already but it hasn’t even aired yet, let alone gone on UK iTunes. Guess that’s me waiting another 6 months or so *sigh*.



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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.